The Environment in China and India: Histories and Innovations

November 30, 2012 – December 1, 2012 all-day
Theresa Lang Center
55 W 13th St.
2nd Fl.

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Conference Agenda:
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
3:00 – 4:00pm | Opening Registration
4:00 – 4:15pm | Welcome
Ashok Gurung, Senior Director, India China Institute
Ron Kassimir, Associate Provost For Research And Special Projects
4:15 – 6:45pm | Session I – Ecology
Chair: Mark Frazier, ICI Academic Director
Kamaljit Bawa – University of Massachusetts – “India, China and the Environment”
Steward Pickett – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies – “Meaning, Model, and Metaphor in Ecological Science as Tools for Interacting with Innovators”
Lu Zhi – Peking University – “Integrating Science and Traditional Culture into Conservation Policies on the Tibetan Plateau”
Discussants: Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Timon McPhearson

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
9:30 – 10:00am | Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30pm | Session II – History
Chair: Sanjay Reddy, ICI Academic Director
Ranjan Chakrabarti – Vidyasagar University – “Writing Environmental History of Asia: Climate, Water and the Issue of Sustainability”
Judith Shapiro – American University – “Nature-Conquest in Revolutionary China: Lessons for China’s Search for Sustainability”
Donald Hughes – University of Denver -“Environmental History in China and India”
Discussants: David Ludden, Li Bo
12:30 – 2:00pm | Lunch Break
2:00 – 4:30pm | Session III – Innovations
Chair: Brian McGrath – The New School
Jayanta Bandyopadhyay – Indian Institute of Management – “Situating Social Innovation for Sustainable Environments”
Sanjay Chaturvedi – Panjab University – “Struggles for Innovation: The Chipko Movement in Retrospect”
Shikui Dong – Beijing Normal University – “Adaptive Management for Sustainable Resource Use”
Victoria Marshall – The New School – “Designing Urban Environmental Activism”
Nidhi Srinivas – The New School – “Politics of Innovation: Cases from India and China”
Discussants: Michele Kahane, Guobin Yang
4:30 – 5:00 PM | Closing Remarks
Ashok Gurung, Senior Director, India China Institute
Michael Cohen, Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA)