The central theme of the conference is “Communities,” with an emphasis on dialogue that pertains to communities within and across the Himalaya, regional partnerships, and practices that support Himalayan studies as an emerging field of interdisciplinary scholarship.
One entire day will be devoted to environmental issues, Turin says.
“Scholars working in the region recognize that issues of environmental change — including adaption to emerging challenges and ecosystem services — are central to sustaining livelihoods in the Himalayan region,” he said. “It’s almost unavoidable that you will engage in environmental issues now, even if you’re not environmentally trained.”
“Himalayan studies draws on so many disciplines that are well developed at Yale, and especially in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies,” said Peter Crane
, Dean of F&ES and a member of the conference’s organizing committee. “Meaningful study of the Himalayas cuts across disciplines and regions, and ties together challenges that are of great ecological, social, and economic importance. We are proud to be part of an event bringing together so many experts dedicated to understanding the complexity of this region and who are committed to helping secure a better future for its diverse peoples.”
Other members of the organizing committee include Timothy Gregoire
, professor of forest management at F&ES; Arjun Guneratne
, professor and chair of anthropology at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.; Andrew Quintman
, assistant professor of religious studies at Yale University; Sara Shneiderman
, assistant professor of anthropology and South Asian studies at Yale; and Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan
, professor of anthropology and forestry & environmental studies at Yale.
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