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Interactive Platform "Patis of Patan" is launched

Mar 20, 2018

HCTS Professor Christiane Brosius co-launched the interactive platform “Patis of Patan” with members of Kathmandu University, the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust and the Akademie der Wissenschaften. It aims to examine the urban transformation and everyday dynamics of a unique form of public life in Asia — the pati, or phalcā (Newari) in the Kathmandu Valley.

The project’s main objective is to facilitate knowledge about cultural practices in urban Nepal, specifically regarding the increased importance of the patis after the earthquake in April 2015. They not only represent cultural architectural heritage, but also a supportive institution of communication and solidarity for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the homeless and women. These groups spend a lot of time at the patis, where they partake in social gatherings, chatting, playing cards or reading the newspaper. The sites are also used for religious events. “Patis of Patan” is based on three years of research that maps the varieties and histories of these important architectural and intangible elements in Nepal.

The platform resulted from Brosius’ earlier co-curation of a ‘pati heritage walk’ at the first International PhotoKathmandu festival in 2015, as well as the Cluster’s research project B19 “Ageing in a Transcultural Context”, which was part of Research Area B “Public Spheres” led by Christiane Brosius.

“Patis of Patan” was designed by the Heidelberg Research Architecture (HRA) in cooperation with the Chair for Visual and Media Anthropology at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS). Part of its research and activities were only possible due to support from the Barbara and Wilfried Mohr Foundation, SAI HELP NEPAL and the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context."

You will find the platform here.


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