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142009 SE Environmental and Ecological Spokespersons and Movements in India (2021W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 18 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Die erste Lehrveranstaltung wird noch online stattfinden. Deshalb ist es wichtig bis zum 16.Oktober den Moodle-Zugang zu aktivieren. Die späteren Sitzungen werden voraussichtlich als Präsenzveranstaltung stattfinden. Diesbezügliche Veränderungen werden rechtzeitig angekündigt.

Samstag 16.10. 11:00 - 16:00 Digital
Samstag 20.11. 11:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 ISTB UniCampus Hof 4 2C-O1-37
Samstag 27.11. 11:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 ISTB UniCampus Hof 4 2C-O1-37
Samstag 15.01. 11:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 ISTB UniCampus Hof 4 2C-O1-37
Samstag 22.01. 11:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 6 ISTB UniCampus Hof 4 2C-O1-37


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Spontaneous movements, mostly initiated, organised and carried out by forest dwellers (Adivasi) or by farmers whose livelihood was threatened, have been frequent in India’s history and have continued to this day. For a long time, Indian urban intellectuals as well as village leaders have expressed concerns in regards to the depletion of soil, droughts and floods, air pollution, and/or subsiding bio-diversity.

This course will provide an overview of various forms of environmental and ecological activities in India and inform on:
- Differences and commonalities between social, environmental and ecological movements
- Women’s participation in these movements and India’s version of ecofeminism
- Solidarity and tension among rural and urban, illiterate and formally educated participants of these movements
- Differences between movements where one cause is identified (i.e mining) and where depletion is caused by multiple factors (i.e. air pollution)
- The relationship between environmental movements, NGO’s and concerned citizens and the state
- The role of international networks and support from abroad

On Oct. 16th, the course begins with an introduction to the topic and an overview of possible themes for a presentation. These include movements such as the protests against the Silent Valley Hydroelectric Project, the Chipco Andolan, the Narmada Bachao Andolan, and the protests against Bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri Hills. Other possible themes for a presentation are on individual spokespersons (researchers, public intellectuals and/or activists) like Amrita Devi Beniwal Bishnoi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jagadish Chandra Bose, Sunita Narain, Vandana Shiva or the many Indian recipients of the Goldman Environmental Prize (Green Nobel Prize)“.

Until Nov. 1, 2021 students need to decide on a topic for in-depth research which will thereafter be guided by the instructor. The resulting power-point/keynote presentation should include excerpts from various forms of expression such as videos, literature, story telling and/or songs (e.g. Chennai Pormboke Paadal (https://youtu be/82jFyeV5AHM).

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Based on the focussed research and its presentation a text of 15-20 pages has to be submitted before April 5th, 2022. This paper can be written in German or in English. It has to conform to academic standards.
The grade is based 50% on the presentation as well as on the active participation in discussions during the course and 50% on the quality of the final academic text.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Basic knowledge of South Asian geography, history and culture as well as the ability to read and communicate in English are essential.



Bandyopadhyay, Jayanta and Vandana Shiva. "Political Economy of Ecology Movements." Economic and Political Weekly 23.24 (1988): 1223-1232.

Baviskar, Amita. "Nation’s Body, River’s Pulse: Narratives of Anti-dam Politics in India." Thesis Eleven 150.1 (2019): 26-41.

Baviskar, Amita. "Red in Tooth and Claw?" in: Ray, Raka and Mary Fainsod Katzenstein Eds.). Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics. Lanham [u.a.] Rowman & Littlefield 2005, 161-178.

Guha Ramachandra. The Unquiet Woods: Ecological Change and Peasant Resistance in the Himalaya, Berkeley, Calif. [u.a.] : Univ. of California Press, 2000 (expanded ed.).

Narain, Sunita. Conflicts of Interest: My Journey Through India’s Green Movement. New Delhi: Penguin Random House India, 2017.

Nayak, Arun Kumar. "Environmental Movements in India." Journal of Developing Societies 31.2 (2015): 249-80.

Padel, Felix and Das, Samarendra. Out of this Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2010.

Rangarajan, Mahesh (Ed.). Environmental Issues in India: A Reader. New Delhi: Pearson, 8th Impression 2012. (Section IV: Movements and Alternatives, pp. 381-515).

Sangvai, Sanjay. The River and Life: People's Struggle in the Narmada Valley. Mumbai: Earthcare Books, revised 2nd ed. 2002.

Vora Rajendra. The World’s First Anti-dam Movement: The Mulshi Satyagraha, 1920–1924. Delhi: Permanent Black, 2009.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis


Letzte Änderung: Mi 29.09.2021 14:49