Bard Events Calendar

Environmental and Urban Studies Program and Anthropology Program and Asian Studies Program Present

Thursday, October 19, 2017
God Mountains and Fengshui Forests: Sacred/Secular Dialectics and the Fate of Rural Tibetan and Han Communities in China’s Ecological Civilization
Campus Center, Weis Cinema
4:40 pm
Christopher Coggins
Professor of Geography & Asian Studies
Simon's Rock College
Animism and vitalism have captured the imagination of post-structural theorists, ontologically-inclined ethnographers, and several cultural geographers. This presentation draws on works by scholars who have explored the divide, or dialectic, between sacred and secular space (Lefebvre, Foucault, Viveiros de Castro, and others) to explore the contemporary political ecology of Tibetan sacred mountains (gzhi bdag) and Han sacred forests (fengshuilin) as China strives to build a post-industrial Ecological Civilization (Shengtai Wenming).

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Time: 4:40 pm

Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema