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Local Knowledge and Ecophilosophy and its relation to Climate Change 17 July, 2013

Prof. Subhadra Channa, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, led the weekly discussion on 17th July 2013 with his talk “Local Knowledge and Ecophilosophy and its relation to Climate Change”.

Ms. Subhadra highlighted various aspects of ecophilosophy and importance of belief, existence & worship of gods. She pointed out different approaches of conceiving nature and culture by people. In India, sacred places are considered to be in high altitudes compared to the lower regions and she made her point with an example of Himalayas. According to Indian mythology, the Himalayan mountain range is the living place for Gods. Since the lower regions are deforested, the thick forests in the high altitude are reflected as sacred and people are afraid to step into the deep forest and make the place dirty. She explained this with an example; the offerings made by Tenzing Norgay before climbing Mount Everest. The deist in uttarakashi and northern Himalayas believes that God speaks publicly through their medium, she concluded.

About the Speaker:

Ms. Subhadra Channa holds a Ph.D in Anthropology from Delhi University. She has more than 20 years of experience in research and teaching field, currently working as Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Delhi University. She has won many awards and recognitions for her contributions in the field of study. Her areas of specialization includes

  • Studies and research related with Caste
  • Gender and other forms of marginalization,
  • Environment and cosmology,
  • Religion and symbolism,
  • Research methodology,
  • Exploring dimensions of identity especially of the marginal, climate change and related issues,
  • Specialization in Himalayan studies