Tag: infrastructure

Fixing a Nation’s Plumbing II: What We Choose to Ignore

by Vikas Lakhani This is the second post about India’s National River Linking Project. Read the first part here. As has been clear in the previous post, I see several fundamental objections to the NRLP. First and foremost, environmentalists have rightly raised serious concerns…

Fixing a Nation’s Plumbing I: India’s National River Linking Project

by Vikas Lakhani In 1946, British colonialists launched a grand scheme to cultivate groundnuts in the uninhabitable parts of Tanganyika, a former colony that corresponds to the mainland part of today’s United Republic of Tanzania. Under the leadership of the agronomist John Wakefield, the…

Call for Papers: Migrations, Crossings, Unintended Destinations: Ecological Transfers across the Indian Ocean 1850–1920

Workshop 10 October – 12 October 2018 Location: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany Conveners: Ulrike Kirchberger (Kassel University), Christof Mauch (RCC) In the age of high imperialism, thousands of species of plants and animals were transferred between Australia, Asia, and Africa. Some…

Call for Papers: The Environmental History of the Pacific World

Conference – Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China 24 May – 26 May 2018 Location: Sun Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China Sponsors: The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; Department of History and The Center for Oceania Studies, Sun Yat Sen…

Environmental Histories of Architecture

Workshop Report (Rachel Carson Center, 28–29 June 2017). Written by Daniel A. Barber (University of Pennsylvania), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation advanced research fellow and former RCC visiting fellow. Daniel also organized the workshop.   The relationship between environmental history and the history of the…

Radical Hope: Inspiring Sustainability Transformations through Our Past

Conference Report (Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany, 3–4 July 2017) By Erika Bsumek and John Barry Hope by Vaclav Havel Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world Either we have hope within us or we don’t. Hope is not a…