Since its founding in 2006, the ISSRNC has promoted critical inquiry into the complex relationships between human beings, the religious dimensions of their cultures, and the environments which they inhabit and from which they evolved.

This year’s conference will critically explore the ways in which the idea of sacred landscapes is entangled with diverse communities, with particular attention to mountain landscapes. Panels and other sessions will feature interdisciplinary dialogues about what kinds of meanings shape, and are shaped by, the effects of climate change, mass extinction, human population growth and ecological degradation of mountains, forests, rivers and other sacred landscapes.

In addition to papers presented by ISSRNC members and scholars working at the intersections of religion, nature and culture, the conference will feature presentations from the India China Institute’s (ICI) research team and partners at ICIMOD involved in the Kailash Sacred Landscape Conservation and Development Initiative (KSLCDI) and the Sacred Himalaya Initiative. For the past three years, the India China Institute has been undertaking a Luce Foundation supported research project looking at the intersection of religion, ecology and transboundary social and cultural issues in the Himalayas, known as the Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures in the Himalaya Initiative (SHI).

To help bring ICI’s research to a wider audience, ICI and the ISSRNC partnered to organize this international conference highlighting the theme of Mountains and Sacred Landscapes.


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