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Call for Presentations: Eastern and Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability and Conflict Resolution
August 22, 2011

The conference will examine sustainable philosophies and practices from eastern and indigenous perspectives.  

Sponsored by the Center for India Studies, the conference aims to pay attention to indigenous knowledges without essentializing or valorizing them.  We are interested in the following:
  • exploring cases where traditional ecological knowledge has altered the dominant paradigm of unsustainable development
  • eastern religions and the encoding of ecological knowledge—in Indian Dharma traditions (Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh) , Indigenous (Native American, Australian aboriginal, African) and Asian traditions (Shinto, Confucian, Taoist, Zen)     
  • practices for individual/societal transformation and healthy sustainable communities  
  • conflict resolution from eastern and indigenous perspectives
  • examining the plight of the indigenous peoples and their habitats under the economic forces of globalization
  • contemplative pedagogy: eastern perspectives in the classroom

By bringing these perspectives together from the standpoint of global sustainability and peace, this will begin meaningful dialogue and suggest new collaborations toward global solutions.

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