Dr Alexander Davis1, Dr Ruth Gamble2, Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra3, Dr Georgina Drew4, Dr Mona Chettri5, Dr Stephen Morey6, Dr Lauren Gawne2, Dr James Leibold7
1 Lecturer in International Relations, University of Western Australia, 2 Lecturer, La Trobe University, 3 Professor of Urban Sociology, The University of Newcastle, 4 Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide, 5 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, 6 Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Linguistics, La Trobe University, 7 Head Of Department Of Politics, Media And Philosophy, La Trobe University
The Himalaya lives politically as a minoritized borderland of India, China and Pakistan alongside small landlocked states of Bhutan and Nepal. A combination of GDP-led development, massive infrastructure projects enabling greater connectivity, state-to-state military tensions and growing nationalism is producing a profound cultural, political and environmental transformation of the region. To make matters worse, the region’s watershed, which provides water to roughly half of humanity, is experiencing global warming at twice global averages. This round table is an interdisciplinary and interactive discussion of the interlinked challenges facing the Himalaya with leading Australia-based scholars studying the region. It includes perspectives from political science, international relations, sociology, political geography, anthropology, linguistics and environmental history. The participants will examine the effects of climate change, urbanisation, militarisation, development, and the role of states and military tension in sustaining and producing critical threats to the region’s fragile environmental, cultural and political balance.
The purpose of the round table is partly to launch the recently formed Australian Himalaya Research Network, an interdisciplinary group of social sciences and humanities scholars across Australia, engaging with and studying the extreme challenges faced by the Himalayan region.