Wednesday, February 17, 2010

International Workshop on Understanding Environmental Change: The South Asian Challenge

International Workshop on Understanding Environmental Change: The South Asian Challenge

13th March 2010

Organized by: Uppsala-Delhi Ecology and Society Network

Hosted By: Centre of Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Venue: School of Social Science, Committee Room 001

About the Workshop:
A networking project within the broad field of environmental history was initiated between researchers in Uppsala and Delhi in early 2007. The network, now entitled Uppsala-Delhi Ecology and Society Network, is co-ordinated by Dr. Gunnel Cederlöf, Dept. of History, Uppsala University; and Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan at the University of Delhi. Once fully established, it will function through workshops, lectures, publications, and a website. It will further provide PhD students with external supervision and may also channel other information which is useful for pursuing research studies. Researchers involved in the network are employed at Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala (SLU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), University of Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi Institute of Economic Growth, and Jamia Millia Islamia University.
This workshop is supported by funding from the Swedish Research Council and will be hosted by the Centre of Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Their support is acknowledged gratefully.
This is the fourth workshop in the series organized by the Uppsala-Delhi Ecology and Society Network. Other supporting institutions include the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Department of History, Uppsala University; the Department of History, University of Delhi; and the School of Human Ecology, Ambedkar University.

Programme Schedule

09.30 hrs: Registration

10.00 hrs -10.30 hrs: Keynote Address
Kiran Asher, Program in International Development and Social Change, Clark University, USA
"Thinking across Borders: A Disciplinary Nomad’s Reflections on Ecology and Society"
10.30 -10.45 hrs: Discussion
10.45 -11.15 hrs: Tea Break

Session I
11.15-11.35 hrs
Saagar Tewari, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
"Recreating Geographies and Normalizing Bodies: the Imagined Landscapes of the South East Resource Region (SERR) in India"
11.35-11.55 hrs
Gunnel Cederlöf, Department of History, Uppsala University
"Climate Crises and Ordered Landscapes: Colonial Conquest of northern East Bengal"
12.00 – 12.40 hrs: Discussion
12.40 -14.00 hrs: Lunch Break

Session II
14.00 hrs -14.20 hrs
Pernille Gooch, Department of Human Ecology, Lund University
"Rapidly Changing Landscapes, Policies, and Local Livelihoods: Pastoralists and Peasants between Struggle for Subsistence and the Force of the Market in the Indian Central Himalayas"
14.20 hrs -14.40 hrs
Radhika Krishnan, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal NehruUniversity, Delhi
"Digging the Earth: The Emergence of Enclave Mining in India"
14.40 hrs- 15.20 hrs: Discussion
15.20 hrs-15.50 hrs: Tea Break

Session III:
15.50-16.10 hrs
Navroz Dubash, Centre for Policy Research, Delhi
"Whither Climate Politics in India?"
16.10-16.30 hrs
Fiona Rotberg, Department of Government, Uppsala University
"Social Networks and Adaptation in Rural Bangladesh"
16.30 -1710 hrs : Discussion
17.10 hrs : Concluding Remarks

For further details / registration please contact: Asmita Kabra (asmita.kabra[at]

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