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Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 20, 2016 at 1:56pm

Environmentalism and Secularism in the context of an urban protest in Istanbulİlk_ve_en_önemli_çevreci_Environmentalism_and_Secularism_in_contemporary_Istanbul_._Proceedings_from_the_International_Conference_Myths_of_the_Others_in_the_Balkans_representation_social_practices_and_performances_

Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 16, 2016 at 8:33pm

The heterogeneity of an urban/transevnrionmental protest contemporary Turkey

Comment by Vincent Battesti on November 21, 2012 at 7:47pm

A short answer to ahmid al zaid:

A lot of possible definitions, but let's make it simple and short:

An environment is everything surrounding something (a plant or an animal, including human, or any population). The environment, so, can be nearly anything, a forest or an urban area.

An ecosystem is a perception of a natural surrounding (the "nature") as making a system (ecological system), between organics beings and physical environment. All parts of this system is in a way or an other interconnected. Let's give the example of a the ecosystem of any forest: these ecosystems can be more or less affected by human activities, more or less intertwined with human practices... more or less anthropized.

Hope that'll help you.

Comment by fahmid al zaid on May 7, 2012 at 2:25pm

I want to know the difference between an Ecosystem and Environment with specific example.................................

Comment by Piers Locke on March 6, 2011 at 12:31am

Hi folks- I'm a social anthropologist with a research interest in captive elephant management in the national parks of Nepal, and I teach environmental anthropology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch New Zealand (yes, the city devastated by the earthquake)

some of you may be interested in the following:

Vital Powers And Politics: Human Interactions With Living Things. Annual conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists at the University of Wales Trinity St David (Lampeter campus), 13-16 September 2011.

The 2011 annual conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth aims to enable participants to consider human interactions with other living things from a perspective that does not always put human beings in centre stage. At this early stage of the twenty-first century, which has been called the new ‘biological century’, it provides an opportunity to consider anthropological and philosophical frameworks for examining strategies involving recursive relationships between living organisms in their socio-cultural contexts and processes. The theme challenges participants to examine new biopolitical economies of vitality (or morbidity and death) which bring human and non-human species together in changing configurations of collectivities. The scope of the conference is to discuss issues of biopolitics in a philosophically informed manner with social, cultural and biological anthropologists, philosophers, archaeologists, historians and human geographers.

Keynote speakers include Professor Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor at John Hopkins University, and Professor Rane Willerslev, Institute of Anthropology and Ethnography, University of Aarhus.

Please consult the website of the Association of Social Anthropologists for further information:

The timetable is as follows:

4 March 2011: Call for Panels closes
16 March 2011: Call for papers opens
29 April 2011: Call for papers closes
18 July 2011: Registration deadline to appear in the programme
13 September 2011: Conference begins

For further information please contact the conference convenor Penny Dransart at:

Comment by Arnab Sen on March 21, 2010 at 7:27am
India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh seems to be consistent in his stand on the Vedanta issue. Check this out:
While we know that mainstream politics in India is about a lot of double-speak, this is where we can build synergies and unite for the common cause. Can we not demand the CEC report in the public domain through RTI? Can we anthropologists in India mediate a process by which people can make environmentally informed choices and understand the need for cultural survival. Calling for ideas. This shameless violation by Vedanta must stop.
Comment by fahmid al zaid on December 25, 2009 at 7:43pm
Hi ...i am new in there..

By the by....How can the issue of climate change be incorporated with environmental anthropology ?
Comment by Fabrice Flipo on December 15, 2009 at 3:41pm
To ESWARAPPA KASI, about "development" & ecology

As a philosopher my hypothesis is that Western political ecology failed to adress the issue because it is at most embedded in Western/modern concepts which are designing a certain relation to nature - that is, a certain cosmology. Western thinkers will argue like Louis Dumont did, that modernity isn't embedded in a cosmology, by definition, but Dumont is wrong, modernity is blind on itself. Therefore looking in western political ecology is limited and leads very often to very narrow debates like resource-management, unlike the debate on modernity, which is building bridges towards other forms of universalism ("non-western").

I'm currently in India, I'll be interested with talking with you
Comment by Liz Olson on September 21, 2009 at 1:54am
CFP, SfAA 2010 (Merida, Mexico).

The Biodiversity Conservation Industry in Mexico: Perspectives, Trends, and Challenges

Ideological and material forms of globalization are germane to the biodiversity and conservation industry of Mexico. Biosphere Reserves in Mexico present a community-oriented development paradigm that is intended to achieve conservation of resources while empowering rural and marginalized communities. This session focuses on the cultural, political, and environmental dynamics within Mexican Biosphere Reserves and other protected areas by considering: the formation of protected areas; the process of doing research and collaboration within Biosphere Reserves; local resistance to protected areas; and the emerging roles of Biosphere Reserves in global markets. The examples presented highlight actual, and potential, functions of NGO’s, wildlife management policies, Eco-tourism, and traditional knowledge.

Interested participants should contact the session organizers as soon as possible, but not later than October 1, 2009, with an intent to participate. Final abstract and conference registration are due by October 15, 2009.

Session Organizers:

José E. Martínez-Reyes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Massachusetts-Boston

Elizabeth Olson, PhD
Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced
Comment by ESWARAPPA KASI on September 19, 2009 at 7:11am
I am Dr. Eswarappa Kasi is currently Guest Faculty and taught a course titled ‘Tribes and Other Backward Communities in India’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India during January- May 2009 Semester.
In the coming semester (July-December 2009), I will be teaching a course titled ‘Fieldwork and Research Methods’ to Integrated Masters (IMA) Students in the Special Centre for Integrated Studies (SCIS) and Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, India.
PhD Topic: “An Anthropological Study of Livelihoods: A case of Two Sugali Settlements in Ananthapur District of Andhra Pradesh”.
Link to my PhD Thesis:
M.Phil Topic: “Developments and Change due to Sericulture: A Village Study” in Chittoor District. The study analyzes the upliftment of rural Livelihoods (sericulturists) of Kotha Indlu village, as a result of Implementation of Development programmes, as part of M.Phil.

Masters Dissertation: “Life Cycle Rituals among the Koyas of Boddugudem: An Ethnographic Study”. The study is conducted in the village of Boddugudem in ITDA, Bhadrachalam, to find out the role of life cycle rituals and their belief systems in their daily life activities, as part of MA course.
My new book based on my M.Phil Work is being published titled as ‘ANTHROPOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZED INDIA: AN ETHNOGAPHY OF SERI-CULTURE FROM THE SOUTH’, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Isbn13: 978-1-4438-1345-7, Isbn: 1-4438-1345-1
Book Link:
This book seeks to portray sericulture as a crop enterprise which is emerging as one of the foremost significance for theoretical and methodological understandings in the disciplines of sociology and social anthropology in India. Thus, anthropological analysis of sericulture and its emergence in development literature gives us an idea of the activity leading to further theoretical and critical studies. Anthropological understanding of sericulture and its development, as studied by scholars of different disciplines across the states of India, is therefore thoroughly explained. Sericulture is best suited to a country like India where manpower and land resources are in surplus. It generates direct and indirect employment in various ways. More and more farmers in India have taken up sericulture activity which, once confined to only five states, has now spread to almost all the states of India. Sericulture also creates gainful employment for women and aged people at home with minimum risk. Thus, the analysis clearly establishes the importance of sericulture over other agricultural practices in the generation of fresh employment opportunities in rural areas. Further, it is shown that as a predominant sector of rural development, stability is the vital requirement for sericulture enterprise.

Special Issue Editor- MAN IN INDIA Journal:
2009 Jointly with (Dr. R. Siva Prasad) Special issue Theme on ‘Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today’ for the Journal MAN IN INDIA, (Vol. 89, (I &2) 2009). In this anthology, we have taken a specific device to highlight the trends of research in anthropology and through which multifarious human dimensions conditioned by present day circumstances principally in Indian Contexts which have been explored.
Edited Books:
1) Dimensions of Social Exclusion: Ethnographic Explorations, jointly with K.M. Zoyauddin , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (http://www.c-s- Exclusion--Ethnographic-Explorations1- 4438-1342-7.htm). Isbn13:978-1-4438-1342-6, Isbn: 1-4438-1342-7
2) Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, jointly with Panchanan Mohanty, and Ramesh C. Malik , Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (
ISBN: Isbn13: 9781847185839, ISBN: 1-84718-583-5 (Hardback)
ISBN 13: 978-1-4438-0132-4, ISBN: 1-4438-0132-1 (Paperback)
Edited Books (In Press):
1) Jointly With (Ramesh C. Malik) ‘Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery’ Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India.
The book Theory and Practice of Ethnography is an anthology of research papers contributed by illustrious scholars from India and abroad. Theoretical and empirical layout of the Ethnography, Language, Literature, Culture, Rethinking History and Social Development are significantly accentuated in the present book. Ethnography is highly entertained in the search of the concept of the other which is elaborately discussed in the book. The main emphasis of the contributions highlight the deprivation-economic, social, cultural and linguistic among the marginalized groups of Indian society mainly; women, tribal, and the downtrodden. Ethnography is both a process and a product, in this direction, the entire exercise in this volume focuses on applying the different methodological tools of ethnography.

2) ‘Rethinking Developmental Discourse in the 21st Century India’, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2009.
In order to understand the dynamics of development in the 21st century India, an attempt is made in the book to address the themes which cover the range of theoretical and empirical understandings in the field of interdisciplinary works of scholars drawn from across the disciplines. Thus, it makes a link between field experiences and the classroom debates and discussions. The book also tried to portray the debates of contemporary developmental discourse and how far are they reaching to the common man or the poor in the contemporary Indian Society.

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