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River Life and the Upspring of Nature - Book Talk


Prof. Dr. Naveeda Khan (Johns Hopkins University)

Datum und Zeit

06. März 2023, 16:00 - 17:30 Uhr


ON SITE: Universität Zürich, Raum KOL G 212, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich

ONLINE: Bitte registrieren Sie sich für die Teilnahme am Zoom-Event.


In River Life and the Upspring of Nature I examine the relationship between nature and culture through the study of the everyday existence of chauras, the people who live on the chars (sandbars) within the Jamuna River in Bangladesh. In this talk I sketch out the curiosities that led me to study this mode of existence, a few of the central figures and ideas by which I attempt to show how the alluvial flood plains configure chaura life and how nature can both give rise to and inhabit social, political, and spiritual forms of life. I end with a brief sketch of the next steps I am taking in my research to grapple with the question of how the tempos of climate change appear to the senses, if it does at all, within such a kinetic existence.


Asien-Orient-Institut - Indologie

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