Saturday, April 14, 2012

Workshop on 'Asian Environments: Governing Nature, Negotiating Knowledge, Constructing Subjectivities', 30.11.2012 – 02.12.2012

Asian Environments: Governing Nature, Negotiating Knowledge, Constructing Subjectivities


30.11.2012 – 02.12.2012         

Location: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), Munich, Germany

Conveners: Ursula Münster (LMU Munich / RCC), Shiho Satsuka (University of Toronto / RCC), and Gunnel Cederlöf (Uppsala University)

Reflecting on the dynamic changes in environmental governance in Asia and its importance in the global context, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society will host a two-day interdisciplinary workshop. The workshop aims to address in a comparative fashion how people in Asia have experienced changing forms of environmental governance in various places and at different historical periods. It will inquire into how they have negotiated and articulated modes of environmental knowledge and how their struggle and engagement with changing forms of nature management and competing knowledge systems have informed the construction of their subjectivities.
The workshop will bring together researchers from different disciplines and diverse sub-regional expertise and foster an engaging discussion and exchange of ideas. Through interdisciplinary dialogue, it aims to address both the commonality and diversity of historical trajectories that inform current environmental issues in Asia. The discussions will situate the Asian experiences and histories in a global context and explore how changing global power relations influence environmental governance in the region and, in turn, the global implications of the study of Asia.
Guiding themes for discussion:
- Formation of governance structures for managing human-nature relations in specific locations and at national and transnational levels.
- Expected and unforeseen transformations of landscapes and livelihood due to governmental and transnational policies—industrial and agrarian in relation to environmental.
- Subject formation both as a consequence of and in opposition to transformations in nature and the deterioration of particular landscapes.
- The expression, assertion, and utilization of different, sometimes competing forms of knowledge about human-nature relations.
- The challenge of reconceptualizing human-nature relations in the present while acknowledging the past.
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