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 April 11, 2013

Shielding the Mountains: Tibetan cultures of nature

Emily Yeh, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will be speaking April 22nd as of the Monday Seminar Series from 12:00 – 1:30 in room 101, West Duke Building. This talk is part of the Environmental Justice Initiative in collaboration with Nicholas School of the Environment.

Why have Tibetans become environmentalists in recent years? How do Tibetans conceptualize “nature” and the relationship between human bodies and the surrounding world? This presentation will start with a 20 minute film by the presenter that explores these questions. This will be followed by a short presentation about contemporary articulations of Tibetan Buddhist ethics, culture and environmental protection, and the role of Tibet in the formation of China’s environmental movement.

Yeh conducts research on nature-society relations in Tibetan parts of the PRC, including the political ecology of pastoral environment and development policies, the relationship between ideologies of nature and nation, natural resource commodity chains, indigenous knowledge about climate change, and emerging environmental subjectivities.  In addition she has worked on the cultural politics and political economy of development in Tibet, discussed in her forthcoming book, Taming Tibet: Landscape Transformation and the Gift of Chinese Development.