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NMML 30th May 2014 'Ecology and Society' Workshop_Programme Schedule

Concept Note:

For long it was assumed that there existed a hard ‘dividing line’ between nature and culture and consequently between the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Scholarship, in recent years, however, has increasingly argued the opposite: that social worlds and ecological worlds actually overlap, intersect and co-constitute each other. Such claims, in particular, have provided fertile grounds for interdisciplinary exchanges between naturalists, ecologists and historians and social scientists. But has the ‘social construction of the environment’ or the ideas of inventing nature gone too far. Has nature disappeared, in such a view and merely become a cultural artifact? Conversely are biologically informed ideas of changing ecosystems able to take adequate account of differing, contested human views of and interests in nature?

This workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines. The reviews of ongoing work will help open up new questions and stimulate a fresh look at old ones.

Program Schedule: Friday, 30 May 2014


9.00 a.m. – 9.30 a.m. Keynote Lecture
Chair: Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Speaker: Dr. Gopi Sundar,
International Crane Foundation,
‘People, Wetlands and Bird Diversity on an Ancient Landscape: The role of assumptions versus reality in planning wetland conservation’
9.30 am. – 10.30 a.m. Session 1
Chair: Mr. Aditya Arya,
India Photo Archive Foundation,
Speakers: Dr. Rajarshi Mitra,
Central University of Karnataka,
‘Enchanting Ecology: Photography and wilderness in colonial India’
10.30 a.m. - 10.45 a.m. Tea/Coffee
10:45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. Session 2
Chair: Dr. Rakhee Kalita Moral,
Speaker: Ms. Manju Menon,
Centre for Policy Research,
New Delhi.
‘EIAs for Hydropower Projects in NE India: Framing region and resource for development’
Dr. Rinki Sarkar,
Independent Researcher,
New Delhi.
‘The Socio-Ecological Trajectory of ‘Chilgoza-pine’ in the Western Himalayas’
12.45 p.m.- 1.30 p.m. Lunch
1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Session 3
Chair: Dr. Sudha Vasan,
University of Delhi,
Speaker: Ms. Shomona Khanna,
New Delhi
‘Mining the Forest Rights Act: Exploring the law relating to community resources’
Dr. Suresh Babu,
Ambedkar University,
‘Marginality, Tsunami- aid and Transformation in the Nicobar Islands’
3.30 p.m. Tea Break
4.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Public Lecture
Chair: Prof. Mahesh Rangarajan,
Speaker: Dr. Jagdish Krishnaswamy,
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment,
‘Understanding the Impact of Global Change on India's Environment and Ecology’
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