Tuesday, November 10, 2020 12:30 PM
Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
South Asia Center presents
Waters: Towards an Anthropology of Environmental Knowledge and Justice
of rural North Bihar, India, a place known for its perennial floods, live
among engorged rivers, catastrophic inundations, waterlogged fields, and toxic
drinking water, problems whose severity has been dramatically worsening in the
last three decades. How do people come to terms with water that is as
life-giving as it is life-taking? The people of North
Bihar demonstrate, and value, a profound knowledge of
their fluvial morphology. They seem, however, not to act on such
knowledge nor to transmit it to their children, even when, and more subtly because, they
aspire to improve their life and to escape the social inequalities from which
they suffer. Talking about how inequalities matter in dealing with the
changing world around us has the goal of putting serious decolonizing pressure
on the quasi-mystical concept of environmental knowledge, thus showing its
heuristic potential for pursuing environmental justice and adaptation.
International Institute of Social Studies
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This talk is part of the Sustainable South Asia Initiative. It is co-sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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