Yale Himalaya Initiative: The Role of Religion in the Political Ecology of Himalayan Resource Conflicts: A Case Study of Hydroelectric Development on the River Ganga

Event time: 
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Luce Hall (LUCE), Room 203 See map
34 Hillhouse Ave.
New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Event description: 

“The religious reverence that Himalayan residents feel for the resources and non-human entities in their midst can significantly impact upon the scope of social conflict over development and conservation initiatives. This bears true in analyses arising from the field of religion and ecology that examine the positive potential of religion for sustainable resource management in the Himalaya. At times, however, it can seem that politics is an under-explored aspect of such investigations. In this talk, Georgina Drew will discuss how she merged religious concerns for the damming of the River Ganga in the Garhwal Himalaya with insights from the cultural politics and political ecology of development. In drawing from her recently published book, she will explain the relevance that this religiously-attuned approach has for analyses of resource politics and conflicts taking place in other parts of the Himalaya, and particularly with respect to disputes over water management and landscape conservation.”

Open to: 
General Public