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Environmental Anthropology

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Comment by Cecilia Montero Mórtola on August 23, 2019 at 11:00am
Comment by Aimilia Voulvouli on May 20, 2016 at 1:56pm

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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

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