South Asia

Organized Panel Session

66 - Anthropocentrism and Its Discontents: Emergent Ecologies, Embodied Environments and the Challenge of Deep Humanism

7/6/2018
2:40 PM - 4:10 PM
Location: Juniper, New Building

Scholarship in the emergent field of environmental humanities has sought to problematize binaries that structure the natural sciences and environmental studies, especially the separation between nature and culture or human and non-human nature. Despite advances in many fields (environmental studies, religion, anthropology or history) in rethinking “ecology,” “nature,” and so on, the cultural logic of differentiation tends to reproduce equally problematic, binary conceptualizations of the world. These conceptualizations persistently re-structure and re-orient our most humanistic understanding of “holistic” ecologies and deep ecological relations; synthetic, enmeshed, rhizomatic conceptualizations that never-the-less give rise to partitions, boundaries, and hierarchies. In many ways - and despite our best intentions to “rage against the Anthropocene” – we continue to suffer the all-too-human burden of distinctions etched deeply into the grooves of language, such distinctions as nature/culture, domestic/wild, human/non-human, country/city, urban/rural. How, then, should we articulate a critique of this: anthropocentrism’s deep discontent? This panel explores the perspective of this question. We critically examine the way ecologies are imaginatively constructed as lived environments in contemporary Asia, the long (or short) histories and networks embedding these lived spaces, and the way environments, and environmental ethics are problematically embodied in practice. We examine the praxis of deep humanism – critical, conflicted, flawed, and fragmented - as a mode of engaged species-being in the material world. We believe that a focus on Asia and studies from Asian contexts have critical conceptual and ethnographic contributions to make to these larger debates.

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Send Email for Smriti Srinivas

Send Email for Joseph Alter

Send Email for Joseph Alter

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Professor Savyasaachi

Jamia Millia Islamia, India

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Send Email for Annu Jalais

Send Email for Smriti Srinivas

Ravina Aggarwal

Columbia Global Centers I Mumbai, India

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Mahesh Rangarajan

Ashoka University, India

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Send Email for Mahesh Rangarajan


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