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Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Vassar College is pleased to announce our first Student Research Conferences in Asia and the Environment.
Call for Papers
Asia is home to over 60% of the world population and is facing many profound environmental challenges. Scholars and students inside and outside Asia have done research to understand these environmental problems and their implications to the local communities and for the world. Environmental dynamics may emerge in the physical environment, but are embedded and mediated by the economic, social, political, and cultural institution, both specific to the region and connected with the larger world. Through interdisciplinary and cross-cultural conversations, we will learn about the holistic nature of environmental problems and stimulate possible solutions both in Asia and beyond.
With the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, specifically Luce Initiative on Asia and the Environment, Vassar College is sponsoring the student research conference, by providing a venue for students to present undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. level research at the intersection of these critical issues. We are open to studies on environmental related issues across Asia, including but not limit to East, Southeast, and South Asia, in the natural sciences, social science, and humanity. Works that address transnational, transregional and cross-border concerns are encouraged. In addition to analytic papers, we will also consider artist and curator presentations, reports from involved parties, and discussions of pedagogical strategies for teaching on Asia and the Environment.
One of the conference keynote speakers is Shi Lihong（史立红）, a prominent environmentalist, journalist, and filmmaker as one of the keynote speakers (the director of Waking the Green Tiger and Searching for Sacred Mountain, and others). She will speak in the evening of April 26. The second keynote speaker is professor Prakash Kashwan, professor of Political Science at University of Connecticut. Professor Kashwan’s research and teaching focus on climate justice, global climate and environmental governance, and the political economy of development. We are looking forward to a vibrant discussion from the conference participants.
In conjunction with the conference, Vassar also has the privilege to display the wildlife photography by China’s most prominent wildlife photographer and environmental activist-Xi Zhinong (奚志农). Mr. Xi has won many international awards for his beautiful photography of wildlife, and lifelong commitment for conservation in China.
The conference will be held on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, on April 26-27 2019. Vassar College is easily accessible by train from New York City. Registration is $60 which cover all meal expenses for participants (detail will follow). Participants are also invited to tour Vassar Ecological Preserve and Poughkeepsie Farm Project (a thriving local Community Supported Agriculture community) on Friday, April 26 afternoon.
Lodging is available in the various establishments in the local area. A number of standard and King-bed Rooms have been reserved at a deep discount $89/night rate at DaysInn at a first-come, first-serve basis. Please contact the hotel directly and mention Vassar Earthscience and Geography Group to receive the rate before March 26 2019.
Fieldtripto Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve is available for the participants at 2:30pm on April 26. We will tour the historical ecological preserve and Vassar Farm Project—a highly successful community supported agriculture project.