Environmental Asia theme for 2017 Nordic NIAS Council Conference in Oslo

On 20-22 November 2017, the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS) at University of Oslo organizes a conference on environmental issues in Asia, together with the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies (NIAS). This NIAS 10th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference, entitled ”Environmental Asia”, will take place at Voksenåsen not far from Oslo. Key note speakers include Georgina Drew, Lecturer, Anthropology and Development Studies, University of Adelaide, Australia. Her work fits within the fields of environmental anthropology and the critical anthropology of development, being particularly interested in struggles over resource use and management in South Asia and in the Himalaya more broadly. Deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 August 2017. Full information about the conference.
Conference participation is open to scholars and doctoral candidates in the social sciences and humanities. The conference encourages younger scholars, especially PhD and postdoctoral candidates to submit individual paper or panel proposals. It is possible for a limited number of participants to attend the conference without presenting a paper, or to attend only the keynote speeches. Connected to the conference, a PhD course will take place at Oslo University from 22-24 November 2017. Participants in the PhD course are expected to also take part in the conference (with or without paper presentation).
The aim of this conference is to facilitate critical discussions about Asia’s environmental pathways. What interests are at stake in current environmental policies, and who represents them? How will Asian societies deal with the double-bind of economic development and environmental protection? What roles do Asian religions and philosophies play in environmental debates? How have people reacted to and coped with major environmental changes in the past, and how do they anticipate the future? By exploring these questions, the conference aspires to promote a deeper understanding of environmental change in Asia.