Feb 14-17, 2019
School of Human Ecology | Ambedkar University Delhi
Human Ecology is an eclectic field of research within the tradition of interdisciplinary knowledge endeavours. Research and teaching at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) brings together philosophical frameworks, methodologies and toolkits from natural and social science disciplines to understand interactions between environment and society. There is a distinctive emphasis on studying issues at smaller spatial scales and focusing on complexity and causality in the intertwined lives of humans and other species. Scholars at SHE are inclined towards the worm’s-eye view while studying ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts. Human and nonhuman agencies are explored in ecological and social transformations in South Asia, in the present as well as in the past.
The Entangled Natures conference invites scholars and students who are engaged in research on such issues that are of interest to Human Ecology. The five conference panels reflect thematic areas of research within SHE. They discuss geographies that are marginal to mainstream concerns, such as India’s islands and high-altitude rangelands, and heterodox approaches to studying classic themes, such as cities, agriculture and environmental governance. Contributions are invited from scholars and early career researchers working on these themes, as elaborated in the panel abstracts. The conference will also showcase interdisciplinary research undertaken by postgraduate students of SHE, as part of their curriculum requirements, in the Poster and Speed Talks sessions.
DR. SUDHA VASAN
Dr. Sudha Vasan is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Delhi. She writes on ecology, development and capitalism in South Asia through the lens of political ecology. She has researched and published on issues of social, cultural and ecological change in the Himalayan region, including a monograph titled Living with Diversity: Forestry Institutions in the Western Himalaya (Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 2007). She obtained her PhD from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and has earlier worked at Institute of Economic Growth (Delhi), Indian Institute of Advanced Study (Shimla) and Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay). Her research papers have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Development Studies, Economic and Political Weekly, Sociological Bulletin, and Conservation and Society.
KEYNOTE | Feb 15 | 10:00 AM
The work of making nature
In line with the ethics and pedagogy practiced at the School, we strongly believe in making Entangled Natures a Green Conference. The need to limit ecological footprint of scholarly conferences is now well-established in the academic community, and the School of Human Ecology will follow the example of leading institutions in implementing protocols for a Green Conference. This will include steps to reduce the consumption of plastic, paper and energy during the conference.
In fulfilling this objective, we have collected and implemented a set of best practices to minimise use of materials and energy. These practices reflect across multiple aspects of the Entangled Natures Conference, from scheduling a Spring-time conference to reduce ambient heating and cooling at the venue, venue accessibility by public transport, minimal print publicity material, optional eco-friendly souvenirs and conference kits, and so on.
// NO PLASTIC BOTTLES
// MINIMAL USE OF PAPER
// ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION
// LIMITED AIR TRAVEL
// RECYCLE AND REUSE
// NO AIR CONDITIONING
// USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
// REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE
Help us make Entangled Natures a green conference!