Seminar – 4 June – Riamsara Knapp

May 24th, 2019 by


Tuesday 4 June 2019

4.30–6.00 Mond Building Seminar Room

Riamsara Knapp

MIASU, University of Cambridge

Himalayan Connections:
Melting Glaciers, Sacred Landscapes and Mobile Technologies in a Changing Climate

This presentation introduces the interdisciplinary ‘Himalayan Connections’ project, which explores environmental perceptions and decision-making at a pivotal moment of change in two Buddhist communities in the Himalaya, where environmental changes attributable to climate change are coinciding with the introduction of new connectivities such as roads and mobile telephony. The project’s primary case study site is in Limi, far western Nepal, and the secondary study site will be in north western Bhutan. Main questions that are being explored include (i) the historical perceptions and responses to environmental hazards (such as glacial lake outburst floods) in ‘remote and vulnerable’ places; (ii) how these perceptions and responses change with the introduction of new connectivities and exposure to climate change discourses; and (iii) how localised knowledge(s) can be scaled out and made relevant across the different decision-making levels of environmental management. This four-year project is jointly hosted by MIASU and the Dept. of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, and funded by the Research Council of Norway (NORGLOBAL-2).

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