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Conference 2013-06-04

Bhutan's First and Only A+ Accredited Institution      Inspiring Education in Bhutan

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International Conference on Leveraging Cultural Diversity

June 4-5, 2013

Royal Thimphu College


Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Royal Thimphu College and the European Union invite all interested observers to register for the “Leveraging Cultural Diversity” conference, which will be held on RTC Campus in Thimphu on June 4 and 5, 2013.

This international conference will explore, discuss, and celebrate distinctive cultures of marginalized communities in Bhutan while also considering how these communities can leverage their cultural distinctiveness in ways that will benefit them as well as Bhutan as a whole.   As well as presenting ethnographic studies of four communities in Bhutan (namely the Lhops of Lotokuchu, the Khengpas of Nganglatrong, the Rais of  Lumbey and Sharchops of Kengkhar), policy makers, researchers and development practitioners from the region will also share experiences and ideas for practical applications of cultural diversity particularly in the fields of tourism and craft production.  The conference will also engage with cultural diversity perfomatively through dance, song, photographs, craft and food.  Academics, students, government officials, development practitioners, tourism industry professionals, and those otherwise involved in the documentation, production and promotion of locally specific indigenous cultures, crafts, arts, and performances are encouraged to participate.

Please register to attend the conference by May 29th via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (Conference fees waived for early registration).

More conference details as well as a tentative schedule can be found at http://www.bhutan.helvetas.org and http://www.rtc.bt.

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 View the Conference Programme (PDF)