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NMML to Host Day Long Workshop on Ecology and Society

Rdige infested with polythene

The environs of Delhi Ridge: now getting infested with polythene and other waste material.

The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library invites all interested to a day long workshop on ‘Ecology and Society’. The workshop will bring together historians and biologists, conservationists and ecologists, scholars of rivers and forests, animals and coastlines. The reviews of ongoing work will help open up new questions and stimulate a fresh look at old ones.

Date: 24 May, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 9.00 am
Venue: Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building,
Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML), New Delhi

For long it was assumed that there existed a hard ‘dividing line’ between nature and culture and consequently between the scientific and humanistic disciplines. Scholarship, in recent years, however, has increasingly argued the opposite: that social worlds and ecological worlds actually overlap, intersect and co-constitute each other. Such claims, in particular, have provided fertile grounds for interdisciplinary exchanges between naturalists, ecologists and historians and social scientists. But has the ‘social construction of the environment’ or the ideas of inventing nature gone too far.

Has nature disappeared, in such a view and merely become a cultural artifact? Conversely are biologically informed ideas of changing ecosystems able to take adequate account of differing, contested human views of and interests in nature? This will be the concept and the backdrop of the Workshop.

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