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Hinduism and Ecology

October 2-5, 1997

Opening Session and Plenary Address

Chair - Arvind Sharma, McGill University

 

Kamla Chowdry, Society for the Promotion of Wastelands Development, New Delhi

Gandhi's Truth and Sustainability for the 21st Century - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Diana Eck, Harvard University

 

Introductory Session

Welcome - Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University, and Arvind Sharma, McGill University, Co-conveners

 

O.P. Dwivedi, University of Guelph

Ecology and Hindu Religion - ABSTRACT

 

K.L. Seshagiri Rao, Encyclopedia of Hinduism and Indic Religions

The Five Great Elements (Panca Mahabhuta): An Ecological Perspective - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - George James, University of North Texas

 

Gandhi and Ecology

Chair - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University

 

Larry Shinn, Berea College

The Inner Logic of Gandhian Ecology - ABSTRACT

 

Vinay Lal, University of California, Los Angeles

Gandhi and Deep Ecology - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Kamla Chowdry, Society for the Promotion of Wastelands Development, New Delhi

 

Contemporary Ecological Issues: Forests

Chair - John Grim, Bucknell University

 

Ann Gold, Syracuse University

If You Cut One Branch, You Cut My Finger: Court, Forest, and Environmental Ethics in Rajasthan - ABSTRACT

 

David Lee, Florida International University

Sacred Plants and Forests: Lessons from the Ramayana - ABSTRACT

 

Frederique Apffel-Marglin, Smith Colllege, and Pramod Parajuli, Syracuse University

Sacred Groves and Ecology: Ritual and Science - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Frank Korom, Museum of International Folk Art

 

Rivers

Chair - Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

Kelly Alley, Auburn University

Separate Domains: Hinduism, Politics and Environmental Pollution - ABSTRACT

 

David Haberman, Indiana University

River of Love in an Age of Pollution - ABSTRACT

 

William Fisher, Harvard University

Sacred Rivers, Sacred Dams: Visions of Social Justics and Sustainable Development along the Narmada - ABSTRACT

 

Chris Deegan, School for International Training

Circumambulating the Narmada: Damming a Sacred Landscape - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Anne Feldhaus, Arizona State University

 

Film Showing

Kaise Jeebo Re! (How Do I Survive, My Friend!) - SUMMARY

 

Women's Issues and Ecology

Chair - Arvind Sharma, McGill University

 

Jael Silliman, University of Iowa

Indian Feminist Responses and Challenges to Environmental Population Paradigms - ABSTRACT

 

Madhu Khanna, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi

The Ritual Capsule of Durga-Puja: An Ecological Perspective - ABSTRACT

 

Vijaya Nagarajan, University of San Francisco

Women and the Earth: The Art of Symbolic Expression - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Kusumita Pederson, St. Francis College

 

Literature as Ecological Resource

Chair - John Grim, Bucknell University

Laurie Patton, Emory University

Nature Romanticism and Violence in Rig Vedic Interpretation - ABSTRACT

 

Mary McGee, Columbia University

Environmental Consciousness in the Dharmashastras and the Arthashastras - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Julius Lipner, University of Cambridge

 

Chair - Lawrence Sullivan, Director, CSWR

Philip Lutgendorf, University of Iowa

Having a Forest and Eating It Too: "Narrative Ecosystem" in the Sanskrit Epics - ABSTRACT

 

T.S. Rukmani, Concordia University

Literary Foundations for an Ecological Aesthetic - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Frank Clooney, Boston College

 

Plenary Address

Chair - Arvind Sharma, McGill University

 

Anil Agarwal, Director, Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi

Can Hindu Beliefs and Values Help India Meet its Ecological Crisis? - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - Jack Hawley, Barnard College

 

Krishna, the Bhagavad Gita, and Ecology

Chair - Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

 

Shrivatsa Goswami, Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana

Krishna and Vrindavan: Theology and Play of Ecology - ABSTRACT

 

Lance Nelson, University of San Diego

Reading the Bhagavad Gita from an Ecological Perspective - ABSTRACT

 

Ranchor Prime, International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture

Practical Hindu Ecology - ABSTRACT

 

Respondent - David Eckel, Boston University

 

Panel Discussion on Policy Implications

Chair - Mary Evelyn Tucker, Bucknell University

 

Participants -

Anil Agarwal, Center for Science and Environment

Harry Blair, Bucknell University

Christopher Key Chapple, Loyola Marymount University

Kamla Chowdry, Society for Promotion of Wasteland Development

Shrivatsa Goswami, Sri Caitanya Prema Samsthana

Arvind Sharma, McGill University