This year’s conference will run from 5:45 pm on Thursday, April 20th to 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 23rd. Below is the final schedule for the conference. Please be sure to check and confirm your panel location and times.

You can also download a pdf version of the program. You can also view an interactive pdf copy of the program here.

The location of each panel is indicated in ( ) after the time. A campus map and building location key is provided at the end of the schedule on the bottom of this page.

The main registration will take place in the lobby of the New School University Center, located at 63 Fifth Ave. (NE corner of Fifth Ave and 13th St.)


Thursday, April 20

2:00 – 8:00 – Registration (University Center Lobby)

Official Opening of the “Mountains and Sacred Landscapes” Conference

5:45 – 6:00 – Welcoming Remarks (U 100 – Tishman Auditorium)

David Van Zandt, President – The New School
Ashok Gurung, Senior Director – India China Institute
Sarah Pike, President – International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture

6:00 – 7:15 – Opening Keynote Lecture by Karenna Gore (U 100 – Tishman Auditorium)

Title: “Reverence for Life: Biocultural Heritage as Resistance and Restoration”

Evan Berry, Presiding

7:15 – 7:30 – Conference Updates and Announcements

7:30 – 9:30 – Opening Reception and Social (U L102 – Starr Foundation Hall)

Friday, April 21

8:00 – 8:30 – Coffee and Tea (U L103 Event Café – lower level of University Center)

8:00 – 10:00 – Registration (University Center Lobby)

8:30 – 10:00 – Concurrent Sessions 1

Panel A (B 500 – Wollman Hall)

Pilgrimage and Pluralism

  • Jenny Butler, “Croagh Patrick Mountain as a Site of Cultural Hybridity and Religious Syncretism”
  • Nour Farra Haddad, “Mount Hermon (Jabal El Sheikh) in Lebanon: A Sacred Biblical Mountain – Pilgrimages and Rituals”
  • John Schelhas & Sarah Hitchner, “The Sacred Landscape of the Sierra Nevadas of California: A Social Map of the John Muir Trail as a Modern Pilgrimage”
  • Juan Campo, “Sacred Mountains in the Landscapes of Modern Mass Pilgrimages: Between Preservation and Eradication”
  • Michael Northcott, Presiding

Panel B (U L 105 – University Center)

Religious Practices and Environmental Management

  • Ashwini Pethe, “Appropriating the Sacred: Safeguarding Environment Through Religious and Cultural Practices in Kullu Valley”
  • Gerrit Lange, “Western Himalayan Nāgas as Guardians for Water Resources”
  • Sarah Robinson-Bertoni, “Lands Sacralized by Sustainable Agriculture, Words Sacralized by Climate Justice: From Local Landscapes to Global Religious Leadership in Human and Ecological Community Sustainability among Catholics and Muslims”
  • David Krantz, “Shmita Revival: The Reconsideration and Expansion of Sacred Land”
  • Todd LeVasseur, Presiding

Panel C (N 101 – Kellen Auditorium)

Shaking Up the Sacred: Religion, Geology, and Risk in the Eastern Himalaya

• Michael Hamburger, “A Singularity in Nepali life: The 2015 Gorkha Earthquake”
• Mabel Gergan, “‘Geological Surprises’ and Angry Deities in the Unruly Himalayan Frontier”
• Kalzang Bhutia, “Alternative Histories of the Future: Buddhist Ritual Cosmologies in Earthquake Response and Mitigation in the Eastern Himalayas”
• Amy Holmes –Tagchungdarpa, Discussant

Panel D (U L102 – University Center)

New Religious Landscapes of Europe and the Americas

  • Kimberly Kirner, “The Spirits of Place: The Sacred in Nature and at Home Among Contemporary Pagans”
  • Agita Misane, “Innovation and Sacrality: The Typology of Newly Created Sacred Sites in the Baltic States”
  • Francesca Ciancimino Howell, “Materiality of Place: Finding Sacredness and Resilience through Bonds with Place”
  • Alexander Grandjean, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Experimenting with Nature and Power Places in Eco-Spiritual Networks and Movements in French-speaking Switzerland” **Co-author Irene Becci (not presenting)
  • Sarah Pike, Presiding

Panel E (A 712 – Orozco Room)

Learning from Indigenous Traditions to Create Ecological Cultures

• Jason Brown, “Decolonizing Personal Spiritual Ecologies”
• Derek Simon, “Border-Crossings and Ritual Fasting: Decolonizing Indigenous-Settler Research with Liminal Dilemmas”
• Kristin Pomykala, “Coyote, Black Snake, and Other Stories that Matter: Indigenous and New Materialist Worlding Beyond the Anthropocene”
• Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Presiding

10:00 – 10:30 – Coffee Break (U L103 Event Café – lower level of University Center)

10:30 – 12:00 – Concurrent Sessions 2

Panel A (A 510 – Klein Conference Room)

Himalayas and Representations of the Sacred

  • Kishor Dere, “Hindu Religious Conceptualizations of the Himalayas”
  • Chiron Olivier, “Diverse landscapes and manifestations of the sacred in the Beyül Demojong of Sikkim”
  • Sangmu Thendup, “Mountains and Sacred Landscapes in Sikkimese Buddhism: A Discourse on Religious Environmentalism”
  • Rashmi Attri, “The Mighty, Mythical, and Sacred Himalayas in Kalidas’ Poetry”
  • Ashok Gurung, Presiding

Panel B (U L105 – University Center)

Landscape and Place: Hidden and Revealed

  • Seth Auster-Rosen, “The Celestial Place of Lapchi Mountain: Mimesis, Appropriation, and Purity”
  • Judy Jibb, “Giving Voice to Akiko: Do the Chaudière Falls Serve as a Sacred Site in Contemporary Northeastern Canada?”
  • Ian Baker, “Hidden Lands in Himalayan Myth and History”
  • Robert Boschman, “Descending with Bruno: Touching the Cretaceous in Alberta’s Badlands”
  • Kristina Teidje, Presiding

Panel C (N 101 – Kellen Auditorium)

Scriptural Perspectives from the Summit: Qur’an and the Bible

  • Eric Wagner, “Mountain – Man: A Correspondence of Biblical Proportion…Or at Least of Biblical Imagery”
  • Drew Nagy, “The Pedagogy of Creation in the Israelite Wisdom Tradition”
  • İbrahim Özdemir, “The Mountain Symbolism in Early Islamic Thought”
  • Dylan Shaul, “Sacred Time and Sacred Space in Judaism and Christianity: Heschel, Hegel, and Derrida”
  • Anna Gade, Presiding

Panel D (N 101 – Kellen Auditorium)

Catastrophe and Mountain Landscapes

• Najiyah Martiam, “Contesting Interpretations of the Volcanic Eruption of Mt. Merapi”
• Megan MacDonie, “Explosive Encounters: Volcanic Landscapes and Cultural Exchange in Colonial Guatemala”
• Volker Gottowik, “After the Explosion: Mount Rinjani and its Social Perception on Lombok, Indonesia”
• Michael Hamburger, Discussant

Panel E (A 712 – Orozco Room)

Roundtable Discussion – Epistemology on a Himalayan Scale: Local Ecological Knowledge, Sacred Landscapes, and Animate Beings

  • Georgina Drew
  • Steven Goodman
  • Emily Yeh
  • Pasang Y. Sherpa
  • Elizabeth Allison and Lindsay Skog, Presiding

12:00 – 1:15 – Group Lunch and Members Meetings (B 500 – Wollman Hall)

Boxed lunches will be provided for those who ordered a box lunch add-on with registration.

1:15 – 2:45 – Concurrent Sessions 3 – ISSRNC Working Group Panels

Panel A (A 510 – Klein Conference Room)

Title: Ritual, Commemoration, and Sacred Landscapes

Abstract: This roundtable will be an interactive conversation between participants in the Norway based project “Reassembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource” and ISSRNC’s Ritual, Religion and Nature working group. The session will include short presentations and slides of images from our case studies to generate discussion among the participants and audience. The session juxtaposes cases involving the commemoration on landscapes of human event—memorialization of massacres—with cases in which the landscape itself is being commemorated. Our conversation will be informed by new ontologies developed in the social sciences in the past two decades, and especially by theorists who are revising and revisiting animism and materialism. We will explore how these theoretical approaches might deepen our understanding of the meanings of ritual practices and other performative acts that are shaped by and shape landscapes, and these practices’ social effectiveness when the social is expanded to include things and beings beyond the human.

Presiding: Sarah Pike
Panel Organizer: Sarah Pike

Kristina Tiedje
Jone Salomonsen
Jens Kreinath
Adrian Ivakhiv
Morny Joy

Panel B (U L105 – University Center)

Title: Ecofeminism and Beyond: Revisiting the Intersection between Gender, Religion, and Nature

Abstract: The aim of this roundtable is to create a platform for debate and discussion within the International Society for the Study of Religion Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) on the intersection between gender, religion and nature, and to establish this as a ‘working group’ within the ISSRNC. In the inaugural issue of the society’s journal, in 2007, Tovis Page wrote that ‘Ecofeminism should not be used to stand in for gender analysis in the field of religion and ecology tout court’ (2007: 301), but that it has appeared to have ‘cornered the market’. Our aim is to pick up this discussion again in light of recent attempts to reassert the contemporary relevance of ecofeminism, including defending it from charges of elitism and essentialism, which have done much to taint its reputation (Philips and Rumens 2016).
Please RSPV by contacting Elaine Nogueira-Godsey at if you are interested in attending and she will send you a copy of Tovis’ article.

Presiding, Amanda Nichols
Panel Organizers and speakers:

  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey
  • Emma Tomalin


Panel C (N 101 – Kellen Auditorium)

Title: Critical Theories for a Changing Planet: A Panel Discussion

Abstract: With some exceptions, critical theories have been largely overlooked or dismissed by conversations taking place in environmental ethics and religion and ecology/nature. Partly, this is due to the perception on the part of ecologically minded scholars that critical theory focuses almost solely on linguistics and humanity, a “humanism” that is largely critiqued from ecological circles. Partly, the dismissal is due to an ethical imperative on the part of environmentalists: we simply don’t have time to get lost in theory and argue about words when species are dying and the planet is rapidly changing. This panel brings the critical theories of nature and the critical theories of religious studies together in a discussion to ask why such theories should matter for religious and ethical issues surrounding the degradation of the planet and the lives therein.

Presiding: Çagdas Dedeoglu
Panel Organizer: Whitney Bauman

  • Whitney Bauman, “Queer Theory, Evolution, and Transgressive Planetary Ethics”
  • Amanda Baugh, “Faith, Race, and Nature after Laudato Si”
  • Carol Wayne White, “The Wonders of Materialist Textuality: Critical Theory, Religious Naturalism, and The Question of Humanity”
  • James Miller, “The Daoist Body and the Subjectivity of Nature”
  • Kocku von Stuckrad, “The Way of the Mountain: New Materialism and the Provincialization of the Human”

Panel D (U L102 – University Center)

Title: Reimagining Mountains and Sacred Landscapes: The Place of Myth, Art, and Narrative in Contemporary Ecological Issues

Abstract: This panel reimagines mountains as sacred landscapes through myth, art, and contemporary narratives centered on ecological and aesthetic issues. Two examples of transfigured mountains are explored though mythic/sacred telling and rational-historical/empirical speech using the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, and Giambattista Vico. Another example is drawn from Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire paintings also explored via Merleau-Ponty wherein the geological mountain itself already constitutes a sacred aesthetic site. Finally, Burnaby Mountain, just outside Vancouver, B.C. frames two theological understandings for ‘nature’ and ‘culture’ and the implications for the current fight over the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline. Here a ‘post-colonial’ theology of Nature that seeks to reconcile these two sacred narratives is brought forth.

Presiding: John Calderazzo
Panel Organizer: Kip Redick

  • Kip Redick, “Transfigured Mountains, Mythic/Sacred Telling, and Constituting the Wild”
  • Joe Balay, “Merleau-Ponty, Cézanne, and the Sacred Aesthetics of Mont Sainte-Victoire”
  • Matthew Humphrey, “The land doesn’t belong to us – we belong to this land!” Conflicting Sacred Narratives, Indigenous Resistance, and the fight for Burnaby Mountain”
  • Discussant, Mark Peterson

Panel E (A 712 – Orozco Room)

Title: Teaching Through Tipping Points: Education, Extinction, and Eudaimonia

Abstract: This panel interrogates the ways we teach religion and nature within the context of cultural collapse, or other equally disruptive tipping points. As scholars of religion, nature, and society, how do we expose our students (undergraduate and/or graduate) to the guiding research questions and literatures of our interdisciplinary field within the context of rapidly approaching planetary tipping points? What does it mean to discuss Lynn White, Jr.’s thesis that an elective affinity between increasingly invasive agricultural technologies and Christian dominion themes promote anthropocentrism when we have recently experienced the hottest July (2016) in the history of our keeping records of global temperatures? Does part of grappling with religion-nature-culture interactions also include tactics of resistance and activism? Is there any such thing as “neutral” readings we might assign, given our planetary reality? Are there discussions we are required to have, given our circumstances where we can assume a possible increase of planetary temperatures of 4 C? We will raise such questions in hopes of generating a critical, honest discussion about our roles as teachers and mentors in this critical period of time in the history of the human animal. We will also spend time looking at the mission statement of conference participant’s respective institutions, seeing how the mission allows for, or doesn’t allow for, thinking about teaching as a form of activism, and what this might look like for all involved.

Presiding: Rob Boschman

  • Todd LeVassuer
  • Luke Shirley
  • Lisa Sideris
  • Richard Carp
  • Discussant, Greg Cajete

2:45 – 3:00 – Break

3:00 – 5:00 – India China Institute Plenary Session

Fieldwork Reflections on the Sacred Landscapes of Kailash/Kang Rinpoche/Tise (A 106 – Johnson Kaplan Auditorium)

  • Shekhar Pathak
  • Rafi Youatt
  • Mark Larrimore
  • Emily Yeh
  • Sreshta Rit Premnath
  • Pasang Y. Sherpa
  • Rajan Kotru
  • Ashok Gurung & Chris Crews, Presiding

5:00 – 5:30 – Break

5:30 – 7:00 – Plenary Session with Steve Paulson (U L 102 Starr Foundation Hall)

Title: “Ways of Knowing”
In Conversation with:

Greg Cajete
David Rothenberg
Georgina Drew
James Miller
Sarah Pike, Presiding

7:00 – 9:00 – Banquet and Award Ceremony (I 202 – Theresa Lang Community Center)

Banquet attendance is limited to those who requested an add-on banquet meal with registration and invited guests.

Welcome Remarks

Sarah Pike, Presiding

ISSRNC Website Preview

Chris Crews

Graduate Student Paper Award: Recognizes the Best Student Conference Paper.

Lily Zeng, Recipient
Nivedita Nath, Honorable Mention

Lifetime Achievement Award: Recognizes outstanding contributions to the study of religion, nature and culture. The award goes to those whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public and to multiple disciplines as well.

Bron Taylor, Recipient
Mark Peterson, Presiding


Saturday, April 22

 8:00 – 8:30 – Coffee and Tea (M 104 – Bark Room)

8:30 – 10:00 – Concurrent Sessions 4

Panel A (A 510 – Klein Conference Room)

Literary Landscapes of Pilgrimage and Power

  • Michael Northcott, “The Romantics, the English Lake District, and the Sacredness of High Land: Mountains as Hierophanic Places in the Emergence of the First Environmental Protest Organisations in History”
  • David Pike, “Haunted Mountains, Bunkers, and the Afterlives of Cold-War Infrastructure”
  • Devin Zuber, “The Trouble with (Indian) Wilderness: Mountains, Religion, and Law in Native American Literature”
  • Steve Paulson, Discussant

Panel B (A 404 – Johnson/Kaplan Lecture Hall)

Ritualization and Nature

  • Rune Flikke, “Mountains and Atmosphere in Zulu Zionist Ritual Practice”
  • Rajani Maharjan, “The Decline of Ritual Practices in Response to Pollution in the Vishnumati River, Kathmandu, Nepal”
  • Akiti Glory Alamu, “As the Cloud Gets Thicker: An Appraisal of Mountain Prayer Spirituality in Contemporary Nigerian Christian Milieu”
  • Marlene Erschbamer, “Sacred Landscape and the Creation of a Pilgrimage Site: The Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim, India”
  • John Calderazzo, “Qoylluur Riti in a Time of Climate Change”
  • Jenny Butler, Presiding

Panel C (N 101 – Kellen Auditorium)

Extracting, Profaning, and Renegotiating the Meaning of Sacredness

  • Amanda Nichols, “Homegrown Resistance: Commodity Fetishism, Eco-Terrorism, and Mountaintop Removal in West Virginia”
  • Austin Hagwood, “Spirit of the Sepik: Logging and Ethnobotany in Papua New Guinea”
  • Depesh Subba, “Socio Economic and Environmental Implications of Pharmaceutical Companies in Sikkim”
  • Joseph Witt, “Sacred Mountains and the ‘Vocabulary of Protest’ of 21st Century Appalachian Environmental Movements”
  • Evan Berry, Presiding

Panel D (D 1003 – Wolff Conference Room)

Conservation: Management and Values

  • Luke Shirley & Todd LeVasseur, “The Capability for Sustainability in Sacred Lands: The View from Ladakh”
  • Carey Clouse, “The Himalayan Ice Stupa: Religious Marker and Water Cache in Ladakh”
  • Mary Louise Stone, “The Spirituality of Earth’s Largest High Mountain Lake: Titiqaqa in the Andes”
  • Jeffrey Keefer, “Reframing Perspectives of Mountains and Sacred Landscapes in an Age of Climate Change: Exploring Neopagan Leadership as Stewards of Nature”
  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Presiding

Panel E (A 712 – Orozco Room)

We Now Speak for Ourselves: Religious Aesthetics for Creating Ceremonial Space, Chanting, Singing, and Dancing in Defense of Our Sacred Landscapes

  • Inés Talamantez, “A Methodology of Trust: Apache Oral Traditions and Sacred Knowledge”
  • Alesha Claveria, “Speaking and Creating Sacred Landscapes on The Native North American Stage: Protection and Ceremony in Performance”
  • Margaret McMurtrey, “Saving Sacred Space Through Singing Grace”
  • Delores Mondragón, “Warrior rematriation and Ritual Practices in the Preservation of Sacred Land and Native Peoples”
  • Felicia Lopez, “When the Lord of the Dawn was Seen from the Mountain: Tlahuizcalpanteuctli Among Precontact Nahua of Mexico”
  • Inés Talamantez, Presiding

10:00 – 10:30 – Coffee Break
(M 104 – Bark Room)

10:30 – 11:45 – Keynote Lecture by Greg Cajete (A 404 – Johnson/Kaplan Lecture Hall)

Title:Look to the Mountain – Thinking the Highest Thought

Emma Tomalin, Presiding

11:45 – 1:00 – Lunch and JSRNC Members Meeting (closed) (M 104 – Bark Room)

Boxed lunches will be provided for those who ordered a box lunch add-on with registration.

1:00 – 2:30 – Concurrent Sessions 5

Panel A (A 510 – Klein Conference Room)

Consecrating and Conserving Landscapes

  • Lily Zeng, Problematizing Ideas of “Purity” and “Timelessness” in the Conservation Narratives of Sacred Groves
  • Heather Hyealim Lim, “Landscapes of the Visible and the Invisible: Discussion of Two Case Studies in Cultural Landscape and Indigenous Metaphysics”
  • Chandrakant Salunkhe, “Sacred Groves from the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, India: Repositories of Nature, Culture, and Religion for Sustainable Future in Anthropocene”
  • Mary Evelyn Tucker, Discussant

Panel B (A 404 – Johnson/Kaplan Lecture Hall)

Cases in Development: Indigenous Activism and Protecting the Sacred

  • Noel Salmond, “Akikodjiwan: Ottawa’s Chaudiere Falls as a Sacred Site”
  • Adam Dunstan, “The Struggle for Cultural Survival at the San Francisco Peaks”
  • Elizabeth Steyn, “A Grizzly Affair: The Ktunaxa Nation’s Struggle to Safeguard their Sacred Mountain Qat’muk”
  • John Grim, Discussant

Panel C (N 101 – Kellen Auditorium)

Politics of Conservation and Tourism in Sacred Landscapes

  • Xiaoqing Liu, “New Nomads in a Modern Economy: How Tourism Development Influence People’s Mobility and Livelihood in Darchen”
  • Gesangqimee, “Tourism in Tibet”
  • Anil Chitrakar, “Second Opinion on Nominating the Kailash Sacred Landscape as a World Heritage Site”
  • Georgina Drew, “A Double Challenge: Aiming for Equity and Ontological Inclusion in Conservation”
  • Rafi Youatt, “Rethinking Mountains in Global Politics”
  • Ashok Gurung, Presiding

Panel D (D 1103 – Wolff Conference Room)

Ecological Concerns in Conversation with Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts

  • Annika Schlitte, “Philosophy, Art, and Landscape: Robert Smithson and the Experience of Place”
  • Alan Marshall, “Sacred Mountains in Ecotopia 2121”
  • Jurij Dobravec, “Deepness of Fairy Tales for Alpine Environmentalism in the Anthropocene”
  • Tracy Stilerman, “Writing Blue Lake: The Tibetan Buddhist Perspective”
  • Adrian Ivakhiv, Presiding

Panel E (A 712 – Orozco Room)

Mountains as Sacred Sources for Social Activism

  • Subhadra Mitra Channa, “Gods, Dams, and the Enemy Across: Negotiating the Sacred Environment on the Himalayan Borders”
  • Annapurna Devi Pandey, “Save Niyamagiri and Save Our Life: People’s Movement for their Survival”
  • Chinmayee Satpathy, “Nabakalebara of Sri Jagannath: A Ritual Basis for Environmental Activism in Odisha, India”
  • Sasikumar Balasundaram, “Changing Economic and Religious Landscapes in the Up-country of Sri Lanka”
  • Ann Kingsolver, “Dead or alive? Competing Logics of Mountain Landscapes in Appalachia”
  • P. P. Karan, Discussant
  • Kalzang Bhutia, Presiding

2:30 – 3:00 – Break

3:00 – 5:00 – Sacred Landscapes in the Himalaya – Rubin Museum of Art Roundtable and Gallery Tour (Rubin Museum of Art – 150 W. 17th St., between 6th & 7th Ave.)

This roundtable focuses on interpretations of sacred mountains and their associations with sacred places represented in the art of diverse cultures in and around Himalayan regions. Highlighting our multifaceted relationships with mountains and sacred landscapes found in the artistic expressions from India, Tibet, Mongolia, China, Nepal and the US, we invite the audience to engage in the discussion with the participants and then explore various representations of Sacred Landscapes and Sacred Spaces in our galleries. RSVP is free, but required to attend.

The roundtable will feature talks by the following Rubin Museum curators:

  • Jorrit Britschgi
  • Karl Debreczeny
  • Elena Pakhoutova
  • Beth Citron
  • Soundwalk Collective members

5:30 – 6:45 – Keynote Lecture by Ed Bernbaum (U L102 – Starr Foundation Hall)

Title: “Sacred Mountains: The Heights of Inspiration

Ashok Gurung, Presiding

6:45 – 7:45 – Book Launch (U L104 – University Center)

            ** Book Release Event: James Miller, Georgina Drew, and ICI Fellows Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Sanjay Chaturvedi and Dong Shikui

7:45 – 9:00 –Reception (U L102 – Starr Foundation Hall and Event Cafe)

With Music by by David Rothenberg

Title: “The Way of Pure Sound”

9:00 – 9:30 – Working Group Meetings (U L104 – University Center)

            ** Open introductory meetings for the ISSRNC working groups.


Sunday, April 23

8:00 – 8:30 – Coffee and Tea (6 E 16th – Vera List Center Lobby)

8:30 – 10:00 – Concurrent Sessions 6

Panel A (D 1101 – Classroom)

Land Tenure and Heritage Sites

  • Marina Kaneti & Mariana Prandini Assis, “The Sacred Clause: State Politics and the Protectors of Sacred Landscapes in the Americas”
  • Fausto Sarmiento & Larry M. Frolich, “Sacred Imbakucha: Negotiating Biocultural Heritage Conservation”
  • Rick Stepp, “Tea Fetishization and Socioecological Change in the Mountains of Southern Yunnan”
  • Amélia Frazäo-Moreira, “Sacred Landscapes and Nature Conservation in Africa: The Case of Nalu Sacred Forests”
  • Joe Witt, Presiding

Panel B (D 1103 – Wolff Conference Room)

Mountains and Oceans: Himalayan Policy Discussion with ICI Fellows

  • Jayanta Bandyopadhyay
  • Sanjay Chaturvedi
  • Dong Shikui
  • Nidhi Srinivas
  • Rajan Kotru, Presiding

Panel C (D 1102 – Classroom)

Mountains, Myths, and Madness: The Demise of Indigenous Landscapes

  • Yuria Celidwen, “Mountain-heart: Myths of the Jaguar and the Mind of Humankind”
  • Rosélis Remor de Souza Mazurek, “Culturally meaningful landscapes among the Oiapoque Indigenous People of northeastern Amazonia, Brazil”
  • Sea Gabriel, “True North: Local landscapes connect people with ‘All Our Relations’”
  • Abrahim Khan, Presiding

Panel D (D 1106 – Classroom)

Political Ecology: Nation, State, and Boundaries

  • Çagdas Dedeoglu, “Political Ecological Outcomes of Religiosity in Turkey”
  • Ha An Nguyen Thi, “The Constructing Process of Hung Vuing Worship: The Desinicization Movements of the Vietnamese”
  • Nivedita Nath, “Sacred space as the Practice of Ecological Ethics: Moving Beyond Colonial and Caste Hegemony in the Western Himalayas”
  • Titash Choudhury, “Energy Development and Biodiversity Conservation in Arunachal Pradesh”
  • Brendan Galipeau, “Buddhist Environmental Ethics and Protecting the Sacred: Balancing Commodity Economies, Ethnic Representation, and Ecological Health at Khawa Karpo in Shangri-La, China”
  • Evan Berry, Presiding

Panel E (D 1009 – Classroom)

Digital Experiences of the Sacred: Sights, Sounds, Stories and Archives

  • Kevin Burbriski, “Kailash Yatra – A Photographer’s Journal”
  • Nitin Sawhney, “Walking through Sacred Landscapes: Encountering Soundscapes in Kailash”
  • Ben Norskov & Mohini Dutta, “Quest for Kailash”
  • Chris Crews, “Sacred Landscape Mapping and Digital Storytelling in the Himalayas”
  • Mark Larrimore, Presiding

10:00 – 10:30 – Coffee Break (6 E 16th – Vera List Center Lobby)

10:30 – 12:00 – Concurrent Sessions 7

Panel A (D 1101 – Classroom)

War, Violence, and Memory

  • Cecil Marshall, “The Sacred Canopy of the Princeton Battlefield”
  • Salma Samaha, “Cemeteries and Memorials as Witness of the Landscape Challenges in the Lebanese Chouf Mountain”
  • Caroline Ormrod, “Sacred Space as a Human Construct: Blood Swept Lands, Seas of Red, and the Tower of London: Contested Sacred Space or Renewal of a Historical Landmark?”
  • Boris Petrovic, “The Anthropological Basis of the Notion of the Sacred in the Archetypical Image of a Sacred Mountain”
  • Muhammed Abubakar Yinusa, “The Beauty and the Beast: Herdsmen’s Attacks on Mountain Prayer Warriors: Implications for Religious Harmony in Ilorin, Nigeria”
  • Ryan Thompson, Presiding

Panel B (D 1103 – Wolff Conference Room)

Climate Change, Religious Movement, and the Sacred

  • Karine Gange, “Father White Glacier: Climate Change, Patron Deity and Ritual Revival in the Indian Himalayas”
  • Karim-Aly Kassam, “Ecological Time, Climate Change and the Sacred”
  • Evan Berry, Discussant
  • Robert Albro, Presiding

Panel C (D 1102 – Classroom)

Environmental Science and the Sacred

  • Morika Hensley, “Through the Looking Glass: An Autecology of Panthera Uncia in Ladakh”
  • Hande Ozkan, “The Color of the Sacred: Verdure and the Faith in Science”
  • Achyut Tiwari, “Forest Productivity Decline in the Semi-arid Region of Trans-Himalaya in Central Nepal”
  • Whitney Bauman, Presiding

Panel D (D 1106 – Classroom)

Eco-tourism and Redefining Sacredness

  • Isabela Frederico, “The Spirituality Dimension in Tourism in a Brazilian Protected Area”
  • Meta Ginting, “Finding the Sacredness of Ubud: Sacred Spaces and Modernity in Dialogue”
  • Lukasz Fajfer, “Tourists are the Biggest Threat: The Impact of Tourism on the Monastic Community and the Ecosystem on Holy Mount Athos”
  • Judy Jibb, “Kumik in a Skyscraper: Is the Algonquin Lodge at Terrasses de la Chaudière in Hull, Québec a Sacred Space?”
  • Amanda Nichols, Presiding

Panel E (D 1009 – Classroom)

Micro-Histories and Divinities in Changing Landscapes

  • Sagar Lama, “The Legacy of Local Deities and Contemporary Livelihood Strategies in Hepka Valley, Nepal”
  • Himani Upadhyaya, “The Citizen-Pilgrim and the Porter: A Historical Approach to the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra”
  • Tshewang Lama, “Divine Power and State Power among the Northwestern Border Communities in Nepal”
  • Mukta S. Lama, “Borderlines, Religious Practices and Identity Questions: Nepal-India-Tibet/China Triangle in Humla and Darchula”
  • Pasang Y. Sherpa, Presiding

12:00 – 12:15 – Break

12:15 – 1:45 – Concurrent Session 8

Panel A (D 1101 – Classroom)

Ecological Philosophy and Criticism in Euro-American Tradition

  • Christopher C. W. Johnson, “Writing in the Margins: Place, Landscape, and Ecosophy in the Literature of Jim Harrison
  • Sean Driscoll, “Mountain Faces: Climbing, Environmental Philosophy, and the Sacred”
  • Caleb Murray, Camus’ Sacred Mountain: Alienation, (In)action, and the Absurd Response to Climate Change
  • Mark Cladis, “Shiprock, the Sacred, and Environmental Justice: The Ancient Echo between People and Place”
  • Mark Peterson, Presiding

Panel B (D 1103 – Wolff Conference Room)

Mediating the Sacred through Natural and Built Environments in High Asia: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable Discussion

  • Sara Shneiderman
  • Jean Michaud
  • Pasang Y. Sherpa
  • Mabel Gergan, Presiding

Panel C (D 1102 – Classroom)

Myth and Mountain-Making

  • Elspeth Whitney, “The Slough of Despond: Medieval Wetlands, the Phlegmatic, and Spiritual Despair”
  • Stewart Weaver, “The Science of the Sacred: Geology and Mythology and the Making of the Himalayan Orogeny”
  • Joseph Wilson, “Mountains in Proto-Athabaskan Religion and Culture”
  • Lisa Sideris, Discussant
  • Kocku von Stuckrad, Presiding

Panel D (D 1009 – Classroom)

The Politics of Development and Disputed Landscapes

  • Ye Liu, “Road Construction in Tibet: The Making of a Political Landscape”
  • Flore Lafaye de Micheaux, “Mesology or How to Make Sense of Environment/Development Disputes at the Sacred Headwaters of the Ganges”
  • Robert Beazley, “Paving Paradise: Mechanization and the Changing Landscape of Traditional Mountain Pilgrimage in Asia”
  • Kathleen Van Vlack, “Pilgrimage in A Contested Sacred Mountain Landscape – A Case Study in Conflict Between Culture, Heritage Management, and Development in Native North America”
  • Emma Tomalin, Presiding


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