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Environmentalism in South Asia: Challenges in the 21st Century 
Anupama Mohan (Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur)
Suddhaseel Sen (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)
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Navigating Conflict, Governance, and Activism
Room 3
Thursday 22 August, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

We invite papers on topics of 21st century environmentalism in South Asia, on themes covering local and vernacular movements, environmental literatures, feminist and rural histories of environmentalism, watersheds and the quotidian in SA environmental history, among others.

Long Abstract:

South Asia (SA) presents a strategic space for examining and assessing the progress of environmentalism in the new century. According to a World Bank report, SA is living through a “new climate normal” in which intensifying heat waves, cyclones, droughts, and floods are set to sharply diminish living conditions of more than 750 million people in the 8 countries — Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka — in a region that already has some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. And yet, SA is also pioneering many climate-smart solutions, incl. innovative community approaches to coastal resilience, scaling up renewable energy, and regenerative forestry. Any attempt at mapping SA's environmental history thus not only confronts heterogenous national trajectories for recording and evaluating the most pressing concerns of the region, but also fundamental gaps between theorizing and understanding the various levels at which such history plays out: governmental vs. civic, terrestrial vs. oceanic, macro vs micro, etc.

We invite papers on 21st century environmentalism in SA; themes can include:

1. Local and vernacular environmentalisms: specific case studies

2. Collaborations and Co-operation: SA perspectives

3. SA Literatures: Environmental Intersectionalities

4. Environmental Histories: macro vs micro, the spectacular vs. the quotidian

5. Ecological Watersheds: Key Moments in SA Environmental History

6. Protest and the Postcolonial Environmental Movement

7. Women and Ecology: Feminist Revisions of SA Environmental Histories

8. Rural SA: Paradigms, Futures, and the Question of Environmental Agency

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Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 22 August, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 22 August, 2024, -