The 131st-2 RIHN seminar

You are warmly invited to the upcoming RIHN Seminar:

Date: June 6th, 2016 (Monday) 13:30 - 15:00
Place: Lecture Hall, RIHN( → Access)
Lecturer: Eduardo Brondizio
(Professor, Department of Anthropology, Director, Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL), Faculty Associate, The Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy, Analysis Indiana University Bloomington)
Doing field research for over 27 years in the Amazon, during a period of accelerated large-scale changes, has required me to continuously consider the strengthens and limitations of conceptual frameworks and methodologies to examine regional problems and change. In this lecture series, I will reflect on the challenge of integrating disciplinary perspectives, scales, and knowledge systems to understand the transformation of the Amazon, and in turn reflect, more broadly, on the evolution of human-environment interaction and global change research. In three parts, I will present the history of human-environment interaction research and thinking, the challenges of linking field/local and regional level analysis, and, recent efforts to bring together frameworks to analyze complex social-ecological systems.
Title: A microcosm of global change: Reflections on Scale and Complexity in the Amazon
Abstract The Amazon, past and present, has been a laboratory for theories and approaches to human-environment interactions. Today, the Amazon is an emblematic example of the regional manifestations of the twin forces of globalization and global climate change. Building from empirical research carried out in the region during the last 3 decades, I propose an interpretation of the transformation of the region from a complex system perspective. I will approach the transformation of the region from two angles. First, I discuss the evolution of regional infrastructure, environmental change, governance arrangements, and urban networks. Then, I will interpret the region from the ground-up by examining how households and communities have been transforming and contributing to shape the direction of change and the future of the region. I will then reflect on the challenges of governance and sustainability faced by the region in coming decades.
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