British Association for South Asian Studies

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20 February 2015

CfP: Religion, Environment and Global Concepts of Conservation in South

This one-day workshop will capitalise upon the presence of Dr Miyamoto at SOAS during 2015 and a visit from her principal research collaborator from Bhutan. It is intended as an opportunity for a discussion of interpretations of the global concept of environmental conservation in South Asia and the contradictions and conflicts which arise between this and local concepts and practices. The workshop will focus on religious and cultural aspects of conservation as inseparable factors in people’s everyday lives and practices in the region. We invite offers of papers, presentations and thought pieces from researchers who are interested in how the concepts and regulations of global environment conservation are interpreted or re-conceptualized in people’s everyday practices and value systems in rural South Asia, particularly in relation to religion, including rituals for indigenous deities and localised spiritual practices. The workshop will aim to create a new network of scholars with a shared interest in this issue, and discuss the scope for future research initiatives. We would welcome the participation of Ph.D students who are at an advanced stage of their research as well as established researchers and academics.

Contributions to this workshop may take the form of unpublished papers of 2500-4000 words, or 20-minute presentations of schemes of ongoing research in this field. If you would like to attend and contribute to this workshop, please send a 200-word abstract of your proposed contribution to Dr. Mari Miyamoto at before 20th December 2014. The SOAS South Asia Institute will provide a contribution to travel and accommodation costs to a maximum of £200 for contributors travelling from outside London whose papers have been accepted for inclusion in the workshop programme.