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Plenary Session: What can Humanities and Interpretive Social Sciences do for Environmental Studies?

Moderator: Prasenjit Duara, Director, Global Asia Initiative, Duke University


Fanren Zeng Former President, Shandong University

Cross-cultural Eco-aesthetics: Deconstructing the Traditional Chinese Aesthetic Category of ‘Sheng-sheng’ (or Flourishing of Life)


Shuyuan Lu 

Professor and Director of Research Center for Eco-Cultural Institute of Science, Huanghe Science & Technology College

Ecology, Religion and Modernization–Starting from the Nature and Culture of Fanjing Mountain.”


Yih-Ren Lin

Professor, Taipei Medical University

Traditional Territory Mapping as a Way of Revealing Ecological Citizenship


Dan Guttman

Clinical Professor of Environmental Studies and Law, New York University – Shanghai

The Global Vernacular of Governance: Translating Between China and US Environmental OS: A Core Task for Humanities


Urbanization and Ecological Citizenship

 Moderator: Ralph Litzinger


Michael Douglass

Professor of Public Policy and Professor at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

The Anthropocene and Planetary Urbanization – Migration and Climate Change Justice in Asia


Ka-ming Wu

Assistant Professor of Cultural and Religious Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Infrastructure and Ruins: the Case of Waste Treatment in China


Amita Baviskar

Professor, Indian Institute for Economic Growth

Contested Spaces: Cities, Citizenship and Sustainability in India


Environmental Justice and Political Ecology

Moderator: Carlos Rojas


Ralph Litzinger

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

The Slow Violence of Black Lung


Mukul Sharma

Professor, Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Eco-Casteism, Dalits and New Commons in India


Chia-ju Chang

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures, Brooklyn College

Capitalism’s Corporate/Corporeal Waste: Documentary Redemption and Hope


Meena Khandelwal

Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, University of Iowa

The Natural and Social Life of Wood


Re-wilding the Desert – A Visual Story


Pradip Krishen

Filmmaker and Environmentalist

Massey Sahib (1985), In Which Annie Gives It Those Ones (1989), Electric Moon (1991)

Trees of Delhi: A Field Guide (2006), Jungle Trees of Central India (2014)


The Asian Water Crisis (I)

Moderator: Erika Weinthal


Arupjyoti Saikia

Professor of History, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

A River and Its Many Lives: Rethinking the Environmental Past of the Brahmaputra


Chris Courtney

Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, Singapore

The Advance of the Crayfish: The Declining Biocultural Diversity of Chinese Wetlands


Rohan D’Souza

Research Fellowship at the Graduate School of Asian & African Area Studies, Kyoto University

Sustainability against ‘Safe Operating Space’ India’s Cusec-Megawatt Rivers and Writing Environmental History in the Anthropocene


The Asian Water Crisis (II)

Moderator: Junjie Zhang


Lili Song

Professor, Tsinghua University

Water Systems, Water Keepers and Consciousness of Citizenship – A Case Study Based on Beijing River System


Pichamon Yeophantong

Assistant Professor of International Relations and Development, University of New South Wales

The Role of Science and Religion in Water Activism in Southeast Asia: Cases from Cambodia and Myanmar


Spiritual Ecologies

 Moderator: Prasenjit Duara


Robert Weller

Professor of Anthropology, Boston University

Religious Change and Disturbed Religious Ecosystems in Jiangsu, China


Chris Coggins

Professor of Geography and Asian Studies, Bard’s College at Simon’s Rock

Wind-Water Polities: Village Fengshui Forests and Sustainable Citizenship in China


Jianhua Ayoe Wang

Researcher at the Yunnan Provincial Institute for Ethnic Studies, Yunnan Minzu University

Sacred Landscape and Sustainable Citizenship of Mengsong Akha Community in Xishuangbanna, Southwest China


Meng Yue

Associate Professor Department of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

When Anarchists Met Buddhists: Once a Future to Alternative Anthropocene


Animals and Humans

Moderator: Erika Weinthal


Haiyan Lee

Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Through Thick and Thin: The Romance of the Species in the Anthropocene


Yuan-chih Lung

Tsinghua University

Beyond Boundaries: the Giant Pandas and Their Natural Habitat


Jeffrey Nicolaisen

PhD Candidate of Religious Studies, Duke University

Monkey-Human Relations in the Galluscene


Representing Degradation –Photography and Literature

 Moderator: Ralph Litzinger

William Schaefer

Assistant Professor of Chinese, University of Rochester

Circulatory Environments, Circulatory Cultures, and Photographic Ecologies


Carlos Rojas

Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image, Duke University

Of Mice and Men: Examining Parasitical Logics of Protest and Community through Jia Pingwa’s Fiction


Kathinka Fürst

Research Fellow, Netherlands China Law Centre, University of Amsterdam

Smog Art in China: Ten Shades of Grey

Representing Degradation –Citizen Science

 Moderator: Ralph Litzinger

Erika Weinthal

Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Citizen Scientists as Agents of Environmental Advocacy: Lessons from India with implications for China and Russia


Sam Geall

Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex

Journalism and citizen science in a changing climate