Workshop with Prasenjit Duara

Circular versus Competitive Histories.  History is not only the history of nations and civilizations. History is not tunneled and bounded by the nation. Since the earliest times, events have had their impact far across the borders of their location. How can we understand this other view of history, which in some ways, existed before the modern era?  What are the implications for understanding history in this way for an inter-dependent and sustainable planet? Sustainability and Crisis of Transcendence: The Long View from Asia. The majority of scientists believe we are...

Asia as network: futures of the past

Historically this region known as Asia had no strict boundaries, it was densely interconnected by trade and religion, evidenced in cultural practice (their rituals, arts and crafts). These informal networks had profound implications on the relationship between culture and society across this region. Today, there is an emerging consensus that continuing our pursuit of existing modes of production, consumption and the political economic arrangements that underpin them will endanger planetary sustainability sooner than we realize. Professor Duara will demonstrate how the intersection of differing cultural ideas can provide an alternate...