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South Asian Narratives of the Anthropocene 
Shailaja Fennell (University of Cambridge)
Naila Kabeer (London School of Economics)
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Anthropocene thinking
Palmer 1.07
Friday 30 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

In South Asia, there are numerous cultures of managing resources and various forms of agency deployed by the marginalised to reclaim their rights to the natural world. This panel invites papers to examine the Anthropocene through inter-sectional narratives of gender, caste, religion and location.

Long Abstract:

South Asia is experiencing quickening cycles of drought and flooding triggered by global heating. This has escalated greater vulnerability for human livelihoods, and also resulted in a greater loss of natural habitats and land for food production. The experience of the floods of 2022, that have ravaged regions of Pakistan is a grim reminder of the displacement and hunger experienced millions of households in affected communities in the face of more extreme climate disasters. Indeed, human life in South Asia relies on sustainable water systems, both the continued flow of river waters fed by the predictable melting of glacial ice and the control of rising sea levels and protection against more frequent tsunamis.

The age of the Anthropocene provides an opportunity to adopt a cultural lens with which to understand how human beings regard the natural world. This panel invites papers that are examine the narratives of how communities manage and/or contend with the challenges of the natural world, such as the management of water, soil, and forest systems, in the pursuit of livelihoods. It also encourages papers that examine non-human and human interactions in South Asia in the era of the Anthropocene in the face of increasing competition for natural resources, such as land, food, and water. The panel organisers are also keen to explore narratives that draw out the intersectionality of race, caste, gender, age, and location in negotiating the climate crisis.

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Session 1 Friday 30 June, 2023, -