Sacred Boundaries: Faith, Ecology, and the Politics of the Himalayas
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: UENV 3330
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Environmental Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
The Himalayan region, referred to as the “Third Pole” or “Water Tower of Asia” in recent years, has become crucial in understanding complex debates surrounding sustainable living and sustainable futures. This course will explore the complex reasons for these claims by engaging with multiple imaginaries and meanings involving diverse ecologies and cultures in the Himalayas. The seminar also invites and challenges students to find “Himalaya” in their everyday living and intellectual pursuits. What would it mean for a person living in Kolkata, India or the Pearl River Delta of China or even New York City to identify as a part of the Himalaya? “Global Himalaya” is designed to spark these sorts of questions and inquiry surrounding dynamic flows of ideas, people, capital and technology. The course is taught as an interdisciplinary exploration and rethinking of our understandings of “ecologies” and “cultures” in the context of the Himalaya.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.