The Environment in India and China

Video recordings of the conference hosted by the India China Institute at The New School, New York on November 30 – December 1, 2012:

Session 1 – Ecology – Part 1

Session 1 – Ecology – Part 2

Session 2 – History – Part 1

Session 2 – History – Part 2

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Session 3 – Innovations – Part 1

Session 3 – Innovations – Part 2

Fall 2012 Course: Ecology and the Himalaya

Ecology and the Himalayaginacoursephoto Fall 2012 Course: Ecology and the Himalaya

IS 8277 – UENV 3707

Instructor: Georgina Drew

4:00-5:50 Tuesdays

66 West 12th Room 405

Overview

Join us for an interdisciplinary seminar that engages the key issues and debates on the state of Himalayan ecologies and the human-nature interactions that influence resource management strategies. The aim of the course is to encourage the exploration of environmental challenges while addressing the complex social and cultural practices that inform, and/or deter, efforts to promote sustainability and human resilience in the face of rapid ecological change. Students will have the opportunity to pursue their own areas of interest in this course and to identify or expand upon areas for future research and writing. The course is cross listed in environmental studies and global studies and is open to students of diverse disciplinary backgrounds.

Course Context

This course is linked with an initiative on Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalayas (ERSEH) that is coordinated by the The New School’s India China Institute. The initiative, chaired by Ashok Gurung, is in collaboration with the departments of Environmental Studies, Religious Studies, Global Studies, and the Parsons School of Design. Inquiries that ERSEH asks include: What does “sustainability” mean in, and for, the Himalayas? How do ecological interconnections, social systems, and politics constitute and transform the “Himalayas”? What role does everyday religion have on human interactions with the environment?

Instructor

Dr. Georgina Drew is a postdoctoral scholar for the India China Institute’s initiative on Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalayas. Her work at the institute builds upon her doctoral studies and her extensive research activities in the Indian and Nepali Himalayas.

Ashok Gurung

IMG 4933 300x199 Ashok Gurung Ashok Gurung is the senior director of India China Institute (ICI) at The New School. He is responsible for the overall development, management, and coordination of ICI programs and projects in India, China, and the United States. Ashok has over fifteen years of international development experience as an educator, researcher, manager, grant-maker, policy analyst, activist and training facilitator with civil society groups, academic institutions, foundations and multi-lateral organizations, and governments in over 40 countries worldwide. Recently, he was the program officer for the International Fellowships Program, the largest global leadership initiative ($280 million) of the Ford Foundation. He holds a MA in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, a BA in International Service and Development from World College West in Petaluma, California, and a Certificate in Norwegian Culture and Society from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway.

ERSEH Project Groups

Four Thematic Groups were formed during the October, 2010 Conference, consisting of esteemed scholars from India, China, Nepal and the United States. Each group will work on a collaborative project addressing a different aspect of the ERSEH initiative. Bios of the participants can be found here.

A. Atlas/mapping of the continuities and changes in sacred conceptions of the environment:
- David Germano
- Pankaj Jain
- Mark Larrimore
- Thomas Mathew
- Tudeng Nima
- Pitambar Sharma
- Dong Shikui

B. Dynamics of local knowledge and practices:
- Anil Chitrakar
- Kul Chandra Gautam
- LHM Ling
- Sonam Puntso
- KC Sivaramakrishnan
- Anne Rademacher
- Chukey Wangchuck

C. Urbanization/migration/ globalization:
- Elizabeth Alison
- Narendra Bajracharya
- Sanjay Chaturvedi
- Ashok Gurung
- Xiaoli Shen
- Cameron Tonkinwise

D. Bridging institutions and perspectives: monastery/temple, civil society, government, science-culture interface:
- Du Fachun
- Sumitra M. Gurung
- Nimmi Kurian
- Mahendra Lama
- Deepak Tamang
- Sara Winter

October Inaugural Workshop Resources

The official launch of ERSEH took place at at 5-day workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal (October 24-28, 2010). Thirty scholars and experts from India, China, Nepal, Bhutan, and United States, representing the disciplines of religious studies, environmental studies, international affairs, and Himalayan studies, collaboratively developed the foundational research questions, established project goals, and, began to build a community of experts to explore new perspectives in religion, sustainability, and their policy implications.

Faculty members from The New School — Ashok Gurung, L.H.M. Ling, Cameron Tonkinwise, Mark Larrimore, and Sara Winter — make up the core members of ERSEH.
They led small group discussions on the themes of:
- Dynamics of local knowledge and practices
- Urbanization/migration/globalization)
- Mapping continuities and changes in sacred conceptions of the environment

(See workshop agenda, full list of participants and their bios, and research questions below.)

Culminating with a range of interpretations and perspectives, the workshop was a strong starting point to grapple with the complexities of international environmental policy and the role of religion within it. It laid the groundwork for the next few years as ICI continues to spearhead further inquires on the Himalayas’ pressing issue of environmental policy and climate change.

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Director’s Message

Ashok Smiling 2013 Directors Message

Welcome to the India China Institute website!

On this site, you can access information on our programs, including public events and resources from the ever-growing ICI community.

Since our founding in 2005 with the generous support of the Starr Foundation, we have continued to enrich our commitment to critical inquiry and collaborative scholarship. This site is not just a place for us to announce our initiatives and events, it is also a space for both our fellows and visitors to discuss and share information on a wide variety of topics.

Along those lines, please drop us a line if you have a suggestion or comment, and remember to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

Sincerely,

Ashok Gurung
Senior Director, India China Institute
Faculty, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

Director's Message

Ashok Smiling 2013 Director's Message

Welcome to the India China Institute website!

On this site, you can access information on our programs, including public events and resources from the ever-growing ICI community.

Since our founding in 2005 with the generous support of the Starr Foundation, we have continued to enrich our commitment to critical inquiry and collaborative scholarship. This site is not just a place for us to announce our initiatives and events, it is also a space for both our fellows and visitors to discuss and share information on a wide variety of topics.

Along those lines, please drop us a line if you have a suggestion or comment, and remember to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

Sincerely,

Ashok Gurung
Senior Director, India China Institute
Faculty, Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School

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