The Himalayan Studies Initiative

The Institute for South Asia Studies is proud to announce the establishment of a new endowment, the Himalayan Studies Berreman-Yamanaka Fund. Established in memory of famed UC Berkeley Anthropologist, Prof. Gerald Berreman, by his wife, Prof. Keiko Yamanaka and family, the goal of this endowment is to support Himalayan Studies across Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

The official launch of this new program took place on Oct 14, 2016 and included a half-day symposium where leading scholars of this region presented papers. The symposium was followed by a reception that celebrated the life and career of Prof. Berreman.

Photograph of Tiger Nest Bhutan Monastery

Recent Events

​Thu, April 27, 2023
Nepalese Dalit literature
Michael Hutt, Emeritus Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Fri, April 28, 2023
The Nepal earthquake of 2015: Eight Years on
Michael Hutt, Emeritus Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies, SOAS, University of London.

Thu, October 13
Climate Resilience in the Global South: Perspectives from South Asia
Panel Discussion with academics and activists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka

Feb 12, 2022
Chidra: Piercing Karmas in the Himalayas (Human Sacrifice Rituals in the Western Himalayas - Documentary)
Arik Moran, Faculty, Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa

Past Events

March 1-3, 2019
New Directions in Himalayan Studies 
A Joint UC Berkeley-CNRS Workshop 

Mar 20, 2018
Restructuring Life: Agencies and Infrastructures in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster State of Transformation
Sara Shneiderman, Associate Professor in Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia

Mar 20, 2018
Collaborations in Language: Revitalization and Resurgence in Himalayan South Asia
Mark Turin, Chair of the First Nations Languages Program and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia

Mar 20, 2018
New Views on Tibet's Linguistic Diversity
Gerald Roche, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne

Feb 13, 2018
Zomia, Frictions and Multistate Margins in Modern Trans-Himalayas
A talk on recent scholarship on the Trans Himalayan regions by anthropologists Dan Smyer Yü (Professor and Director, Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies, Yunnan Minzu University) and Jean Michaud (Professor, Department of Anthropology, Laval University)

Oct 24, 2017
Why Marry?: Comparative Perspectives on Kinship, the House, and Marriage in the Eastern Himalayas
Stéphane Gros, Visiting Scholar at the Institute for 2017; Researcher, Centre for Himalayan Studies, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Oct 18, 2017
Why does the Dalai Lama say he is "Son of Nālandā"?
Prof. Robert Thurman delivers the inaugural ISAS-VSB Lecture on Religion in the Modern World

Mar 22, 2017
Eye on South Asia: Challenges to Development and Democracy in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
Country Representatives from The Asia Foundation discuss democracy, stability, and sustainable development in South Asia

Mar 16, 2017
Adaptation and Recovery after the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes: A Smallholder Household Perspective
Professor Isha Ray and Dr. Robin Marsh discuss their most recent work in Nepal

Oct 14, 2016
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Professor Gerald Berreman
A Symposium for launching the Berreman-Yamanaka Fund and HimalayanStudies@Berkeley

Mar 10, 2016
Multiple Temporalities: South Asian Historiography and Its Transcultural Implications. 
A talk by Dr. Axel Michaels

Specialist Faculty Affiliates

Alexander von Rospatt, South and Southeast Asian Studies

Stacey Van Vleet, History

Jake Dalton, South and Southeast Asian Studies

Isha Ray, Energy and Natural Resources