Environmental Humanities for Sustainable Citizenship in Asia

January 22, 2017 (All day) to January 23, 2017 (All day)
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall
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On Jan 22-23, 2017, the Global Asia Initiative at Duke will organize a workshop on the Environmental Humanities in Asia (EHA) program it is initiating at Duke. The format of the workshop will include presenters making 20 minute presentations introducing their work and its significance for an agenda with the EHA. The workshop is designed around the visit of Lin Yih-ren, a Taiwanese scholar who works on Buddhist environmentalism, aboriginal hunting cultures and multi-species relations.

Sunday January 22nd, 2017

12:00 pm: Lunch

12.30 pm -1.30pm

Keynote Speaker:  Yih-Ren Lin, Taipei Medical University: ‘Disaster: Administrators, Buddhists and Indigenous resilience’

1.30-3.00 pm: Environmental Justice:

Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University: Environmental Jurisprudence and Inequality in India

Julia Thomas, University of Notre Dame: The Politics of Periodization: “the Anthropocene” and Asia

Carlos Rojas, Duke University: Imagining locale: Hong Kong protest movements in the age of the Anthropocene

3.15-4.45 pm: Historical Approaches:

Christian Lentz, University of North Carolina: The Labors of Citizenship: Environmental Politics in Postcolonial Vietnam

Meng Yue, University of Toronto: Contested Ways of the “Good Life”

Andrea Janku, SOAS University of London: Whose Views? Views of What? Seeing the Environment through the Genre of ‘Bajing’ (Eight Views)

4.45-6.15 pm: Technology and Culture:

Marc Jeuland, Duke UniversityPreference heterogeneity and adoption of improved cookstoves in northern India

Meena Khandelwal, University of Iowa: In Favor of Awkward Conversations: Universalizing Epistemologies and Deep Meaning

Ralph Litzinger, Duke University and Fan Yang, University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Eco-media Events: Media Materialism as a New Method for Environmental Humanities


Monday January 23rd, 2017

9 am Meet and coffee/breakfast rolls/fruit

9.30 am-11.30 am: Spiritual Ecologies:

Robert Weller, Boston University: Religious Change and Disturbed Religious Ecosystems in Jiangsu, China

Chris Coggins, Bard College at Simon’s Rock: Wind-Water Polities: Village Fengshui Forests and Sustainable Citizenship in Southern China

Dan Smyer Yü, Yunnan Minzu University: Eco-geological Terrains of Gods, Humans, and the Earth: An Ethography of Folk Buddhist Environmental Humanities in Amdo

David Grace, Duke University:The Sacred Grove and the City: Analysis of Preferences in India’s National Capital Region

11.30-1.00 pm: Animals and Humans:

Haiyan Lee, Stanford University: “A Convocation of Politic Worms”: The Romance of the Species in the Anthropocene

Jeffrey Nicolaisen, Duke University: Sustainable Citizenship and the Taiwanese Canine: Who is included in the Anthropocene citizenry?

Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina: Hidy, Hidy, Little Rascal: Raccoons as a Non-native Species and National Identity in Japan

1.00-1.30 pm Lunch

1.30-3.00 pm: Representing Degradation:

William Schaefer, University of Rochester: Photograph Ecologies: Picturing the Anthropocene in China

Melody Jue, The University of California, Santa Barbara: Environmental Media and the Futures of Storytelling

Takushi Odagiri, Duke University: The Binary of the Everyday after the Fukushima Crisis

3.00-3.45: Wrap Up: moderated by Prasenjit Duara

Abstracts and Biographies, by tlr33@duke.edu 

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  • Duke University Center for International and Global Studies
  • Global Asia Initiative