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Storying the sustainable intelligence of the Earth in the new Himalaya: Symbiotic indigeneity and transboundary commons



Date & Time

30 November 2020 to 11 December 2020


Himalayan University Consortium

Co-organized by: Thematic Working Group on Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities, Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) – International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD); and National Centre for Borderlands Ethnic Studies in Southwest China at Yunnan University (NaCBES)

In partnership with: Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University; University of Warwick; and Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology


Applications deadline: 17:00 Nepal Standard Time, 15 November 2020

Storying the sustainable intelligence


2020 marks the beginning of the UN Decade of Action, which calls for expedited global, local, and community actions to fulfill its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, initiated in 2016. At the same time, 2020 has also seen a pandemic with massive and far-reaching consequences across areas of human health, poverty, inequality and human-induced environmental crises. Any successful approach to addressing these issues will require a re-evaluation of our species-centred development agenda and recognition of the intelligence of the Earth found in humanity’s diverse sets of traditional environmental knowledge.


About the seminar

In this context, the Himalayan University Consortium (HUC) Thematic Working Group on Trans-Himalayan Environmental Humanities calls interested graduate students and early career scholars and scientists in Himalayan environmental studies to join our seminar, intended as a publishing project. Led by a group of multi-disciplinary experts, the seminar will offer a series of interactive lectures, thematic discussions, peer presentations, and group mentorship opportunities for research writing as part our effort to advance environmental humanities in the Himalayan region. Apart from the scholarly competence building, participants will be introduced to partnership- and leadership-building approaches – preparing a new generation of scholar-leaders for the Hindu Kush Himalaya’s (HKH) sustainable future.



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