JOHN WHELPTON: - PUBLICATIONS, UNPUBLISHED WORK, WORK IN PROGRESS AND ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS (OCTOBER 2021)
(i) PUBLISHED/IN PRESS
Jang Bahadur in Europe: The first Nepalese mission to the West, Kathmandu: Sahayogi Press, 1983 and Mandala Book Point, 2016. 320 and 306 p. (Translation and commentary on a travelling companion's account of the 1850 visit to Europe by the Nepalese prime minister. The revised and expanded 2016 edition includes the full text of a magazine article attributed to the Nepali crossing sweeper engaged by Jang while in London. Further details are on the Jang Bahadur in Europe page on this site).
Kings, soldiers and priests: Nepalese politics and the rise of Jang Bahadur Rana, 1830-1857, New Delhi: Manohar, 1991. 315p. (Edited version of Ph.D. thesis; the unedited original (`Nepali Politics and the Rise of Jang Bahadur Rana, 1830-1857'), S.O.A.S, 1987) is available at https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/28837/1/10673006.pdf )
(co-edited with David N.Gellner, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka) Nationalism and ethnicity in a Hindu kingdom: the politics of culture in contemporary Nepal, Amsterdam: Harwood, 1997. 623p. (Reprinted with new introduction as Nationalism and Ethnicity in Nepal, Kathmandu: Vajra Books, 2008. A partial preview of the earlier edition is available at http://books.google.com.hk/books?id=n4FQMEiZcrIC )
(with the late Martin Hoftun and William Raeper) People, Politics and Ideology: Democracy and Social Change in Nepal, Kathmandu: Mandala, 1999. 425p. (Incorporating material by Martin Hoftun and William Raeper in Spring Awakening (New Delhi: Viking, 1992), and extensive new sections by Hoftun and Whelpton.)
An account of my work as a VSO teacher of English in Nepal, in Michael Edwards(ed.), Arriving where we started. 25 years of Voluntary ServiceOverseas, London: VSO/ITDG, 1983, p.52-63. (available at http://linguae.weebly.com/vso-reminiscences.html)
`Archives in Nepal', in South Asia Research, vol.3, no. 2 (Nov 1983), p.78-84.
`Nepal - political evolution in a Hindu monarchy', in Groniek (Groningen University journal, Netherlands), no.92 (1985), p.106-119.
Review of Michael Hutt, Catalogue of Nepali printed books in the India Office Library, in South Asia Research, vol.5, no.2 (Nov 1985), p.217.
Review of Christopher Shackle(ed.), South Asian languages: a handbook, in South Asia Research, vol.6, no.1 (May 1986), p.61-3.
Review of Dineshraj Pant, Gorkhako itihas (History of Gorkha), Part 1, in South Asia Research, vol.6, no. 1 (May 1986), p.73-6.
`Rana Nepal - a political history', in Padma Shrestha(ed.), Nepal rediscovered - the Rana court 1846-1951, London: Serindia, 1986, p.1-17.
Review of Katherine D. Blair, `4 villages: architecture in Nepal,’ in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol.50 (1987), p.154-5.
Review of Michael Hutt, Nepali - a national language and its literature, in South Asia Research, vol.9, no.1 (May 1989), p.72-75.
Review of Shaphalya Amatya(ed.), His Majesty's Government, Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue (Record Section) and Office of the Comptroller General, Kumari Chowk Gosora Treasury, and His Majesty's Government, Ministry of Defence, Royal Army Headquarters and His Majesty's Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Record Section) (National History Guide Committee (Nepal), Source Manual Series, 1 & 2), in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, vol.54 (Part 1) (1990), p.241.
`The Restoration of Multi-Party Democracy in Nepal', in The Kukri, no.43, 1991, p.180-82.
`Ten Years of South Asia Research’, in South Asia Research, vol. 10, no.2, 1991, p.78-84.
(with Richard Burghart, Martin Gaenszle, Silke Wolfe) `Private Newspapers, Political Parties and Public Life in Nepal', in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, no.1 (1991), p.3-15.
`By Road to Mae Hong Son', in Discover Thailand, 3rd. ed., Bangkok: Integrated Publications, 1993, pp.243-47.
`The General Elections of May 1991', in Michael J. Hutt (ed.), Nepal in the Nineties, Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1993, p.48-81. Republished in
Review of Dhruba Kumar (ed.), Nepal's India Policy, in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, No.6, 1994, p.20-24.
Review of Shelton Kodikara (ed.), External Compulsions of South Asian Politics, in South Asia Research, vol.14, no.2, 1994, pp.214-20.
`Nepalese Political Parties - Developments since the 1991 Election', in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, No.8, 1995, p.17-41.
`Political identity in Nepal: state, nation and community', in David N.Gellner, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka and John Whelpton (eds.), Nationalism and ethnicity in a Hindu kingdom: the politics of culture in contemporary Nepal, Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1997.
`Nepali Historiography', in D.R.Woolf (ed.), A global encyclopedia of historical writing, New York: Garland, 1998, vol.2, p.654.
`Language Planning in Nepal', New Language Planning Newsletter [Bangalore], 12:3, March 1998.
`Bhadaka Sainik?' (Soldiers for Hire?), Himal (Nepali version), vol.8, no.3, 1998. p.20-23. (Translated by Basanta Thapa).
`Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894)', in H.C.G.Matthew (ed.), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.
`Cantonese, English and Putonghua in a Hong Kong secondary school: language use and language attitudes.' Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, vol.4, no.2, 1999, p.79-92. (available athttps://chineselanguages.weebly.com/)
Response to Bipin Adhikari, & S.B.Mathe, `The Global Media, the Probe Commission, and the Assassination of Nepal's Royal Family: Questions Unasked and Unanswered’. Himalayan Research Bulletin, XXI (1), 2001, p.58-9.
Review of Lok Raj Baral, Krishna Hachhethu and Hari Sharma. Leadership in Nepal, in Contributions to Nepalese Studies, vol.28, no.2, (July 2001), p.315-19.
`The political role of Brian Hodgson’, in David M.Waterhouse (ed.), The Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Kathmandu and Darjeeling 1820-1858.London: Royal Asiatic Society, 2004.
Review of Mahendra Lawoti, Towards a Democratic Nepal. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 69:1, 2006, pp.160-62 (available at https://linguae.weebly.com/review-of-lawoti-2007.html) Review of Vijay Kumar Manandhar, A Comprehensive history of Nepal-China relations up to 1955 A.D. Studies in Nepali History and Society, in Studies in Nepali History and Society, vol. 10, no.2, December 2005, p.480-87
Response to Kamal Prakash Malla’s review of History of Nepal. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, ,no. 31 (2007), p.186-93.
`The elusive search for consensus: Nepal and Bhutan in 2007’, Asian Survey, vol.48, no.1 (2008), pp. 184-90.
Review of Chaitanya Mishra, Essays on the Sociology of Nepal, READ, forthcoming
`Supporting beginners’ use of Nuntii Latini with GlobaLinguist’s WordChamp website’, published at http://www.circe.be/content/view/134/332/lang,en/, January 2008 (site of European Community-funded project for promotion of IT in Classics teaching)
`Extensive Latin reading on the Internet; supporting beginners’ use of Nuntii Latini with GlobaLinguist’s WordChamp website’, Journal of Classics Teaching, no.14. pp.24-25, 2008. (extended version of Circe piece)
`De argentaria’ [On banks] in `Textus Treverici’, Vox Latina, tom.46, fasc.182, 2010, p. 603-4.
`Nepal through Different Eyes’, Ethnic Voice, 1(2): 6-7 & 1(3): 6-7, 17 & 24 April 2012 (account of guided tour to the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara accompanying the winner of a HK essay competition on Nepal).
Review of Anne M. Rademacher, Reigning the river: urban ecologies and political transformation in Kathmandu, (New Ecologies for the Twenty-first Century) Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2011, in Asian Anthropology vol. 11 2012.
`Political Violence in Nepal from Unification to Janandolan I: the Background to “People’s War”’ in Marie Lecomte-Tilouine (ed.), Revolution in Nepal, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 27-74.
Review of L.S. Baral, Autocratic Monarchy: Politics in Panchayat Nepal, edited by Pratyoush Onta and Lokranjan Parajuli, (Chautari Book Series – 70), Kathmandu: Martin Chautari. 2012, in European Bulletin of Himalyan Research, forthcoming.
Review of Yogesh Raj (ed.), Ruptures & Repairs in South Asia – Historical Perspectives, Kathmandu: Martin Chautari, 2013, in Studies in Nepali History and Society, vol. 18, no. 2, 2013 (forthcoming).
Review of David Gellner & Sondra Hausner (eds.), Global Nepalis: Religion, Culture and Community in a New and Old Diaspora, New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2018 , in Journal of the Global Nepali Diaspora, forthcoming. Available on-line at https://linguae.weebly.com/global-nepalis.html
`Earthquakes in Nepali History', in Michael Hutt, Mark Liechty and Stefanie Lotter (eds.), Epicentre to Aftermath - rebuilding and remembering in the wake of Nepal's earthquakes. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.22-46. 2021.
`Juddha Shamsher and the 1934 Earthquake', in Studies in Nepali History and Society. vol.26, no.1 (2021), pp. 3-33.
Introduction to reprint edition of William Kirkpatrick, Account of the Kingdom of Nepaul , Kathmandu: Educational Publishing House, 2021.
c) Edited journals
Joint editor of South Asia Research, 1981-1987
Guest editor for European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, nos.50-51 (2017-18), special issue on Nepal-Britain Relations
Contributor to a seminar on the 2012 UNISON report on acceptance of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong) `Do Chinese really hate ethnics?’ Ethnic Voice, 1(3): 8-9, 24 April 2012
Lecture on `Christianity and Nepali Society' delivered at Social Science Baha, Kathmandu on 3 December 2012. Recording and PowerPoint available on the Baha website, PowerPoint also on the NEPALI page on this site.
Lecture on `Jang Bahadur in Europe' delivered to the Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, on 30 March 2016 ( slightly altered version of the 18 March 2016 London talk). Available as a video on YouTube. The PowerPoint can be downloaded from the `Moti Lal Singh' section of the NEPALI page.
Presentation on `Juddha Shamsher and the 1934 Earthquake' at Shaligram Hotel, Lalitput on 19 July 2018 and at the 8th Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalayas at the Shanker Hotel, Kathmandu, 26 July 2018.
(Profile article by Sewa Bhattarai, based on a 90-minute telephone interview and her attendance at a presentation on Juddha Shamsher and the 1934 earthquake at the Shaligram Hotel, Lalitpur, 19 July 2018) `The rest is history for John Whelpton', Nepali Times, 24 August 2018. On-line version (slightly corrected from the original) at https://www.nepalitimes.com/review/the-rest-is-history-for-john-whelpton/ and also on this site.
Partipation in Kalinga Literary Festival's webinair `Bhava Samvad: Book Talk: Hisila: From Revolutionary to First Lady', with Hisila Yami (author), Krishna Rajan, Ranjit Rae, Manjeev Puri, C.K. Lal and Sarita Pariyar, 19 June 2021. Available at https://youtu.be/0sZUsJorHpw (Interview by Amod Rai on work as a historian of Nepal and impressions of Nepal's present situation and the Hong Kong Nepali community) `Preserving Hong Kong Gurkha History', `Hamro Sathi', Episode 12, CIBS: Diversity Strengthens Our Community Programme, 25 September 2021. Available at https://www.rthk.hk/radio/pth/programme/p1261_diversity_strengthens/episode/770453
Miscellaneous teaching/lecturing materials, including a summary of Nepalese history from 1964 to 2014, Powerpoint presentations `Twilight of the Gods’ (on the end of the Nepalese monarchy), `Christians in the Himalayas’, and others on the History of English and the Indo-European Language Family and summaries of basic French, Spanish and Latin grammar.
`Supplementary entries (1989-1999) for World Bibliographical Series Nepal volume.' (184 brief notices of publications, originally commissioned by ABC-Clio for inclusion together with the material in the printed volume in an electronic version of the bibliography. Clio subsequently abandoned the project)
`The Portuguese secondary school English syllabus: problems and possibilities.' (Dip TEO project, Manchester University, 1986). ( Presents the results of a survey of attitudes among Portuguese students and teachers towards the current syllabus and makes recommendations for the exploitation of language acquisition opportunities outside the classroom)
`Race relations and Portuguese schools with special reference to the Cape Verdean community.'
`Priests and politics: the role of the rajgurus in Nepal.'
`Jung Bahadur's visit to Britain and France', `Rajendra Bikram Shah', `Rana family autocracy', `The Nepali embassy in Britain', `Kot Massacre', `Jung Bahadur Rana', `Nepal and the Sepoy Mutiny in India', `Surendra Bikram Shah' in Cultural Encyclopaedia of Nepal (originally to be published in Kathmandu with Toyota Foundation finance but the project is now in abeyance).
`The Other Side of the Hill: learning Cantonese as a Second Language in Hong Kong’ (University of Hong Kong M.A. dissertation, 1998) (available online at http://chineselanguages.weebly.com/)
`Investigating Gwaigwongwa: Variation in the interlanguage of English-L1 Learners of Cantonese.'
`An investigation into the opinions of F4 students on the medium of instruction issue in Hong Kong secondary schools.'
`Juddha Shamsher and the 1934 Earthquake' (paper presented at the Kathmandu conference on Nepal and the Himalaya, 25-27 July 2018).
`Between two big ones: earthquakes in the Nepali consciousness 1934-2015.' (paper presented at the London `Epicentre to Aftermath' conference, 11-12 January 2019).
(iii) WORK IN PROGRESS/PROJECTED
A. Literature survey and archival research as part of `After the Earth's Violent Sway', an investigation led by Professor Michael Hutt of London University into the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal with a comparative study of earlier quakes and the response to them. This involved six weeks field work in the UK in summer 2017 and a further six weeks in 2018 in Nepal and India. the project officially finished in September 2020 but publication of related work is continuing.
B. Maintenance of a computer file recording principal developments in Nepalese party politics (1990-).
C. Preparation for publication by Himal Books of an edited version of my files on Nepalese politics (see B) from Janandolan I to Gyanendra’s October 2002 takeover
D. Editing of Ramesh Dhungel’s descriptive catalogue of the Hodgson Papers in the British Library to be hosted initially on the Digital Himalaya site (http://digitalhimalaya.com/hodgson ). This was publicly launched in July 2011 but editing and addition of search functions is continuing. .