Rethinking Sustainable Futures: Global Himalayas

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Rethinking Sustainable Futures

Fall 2021

Taught By: Ashok Gurung

Section: A

CRN: 11094

Credits: 3

This multi-disciplinary seminar course will focus on the politics of sustainable futures, examining diverse ideas and practices of “development” in the Hindu-Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. By framing HKH as the Global Himalaya (GH), the course aims to interrogate the multi-layered narratives of a large, fluid transnational region, which is sometimes referred to as the Third Pole because of its glaciers and fresh water reserves outside the polar regions. The HKH region’s ten major river systems sustain the lives and livelihoods of over 1.3 billion people, nearly 20 percent of the world’s population . By engaging with select indigenous, colonial, and developmental narratives, debates, and theories related to the HKH region, students will examine contestations surrounding ideas and practices of sustainable futures. In wrestling with the idea of a global Himalaya, the course will debate increasing concerns surrounding climate change, transnational rivers, and increasing migrations within and beyond the region. We will also critically study the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Belt Road initiatives. In doing so, students will explore new narratives for sustainable futures that are attentive to, yet go beyond, “nation-centric” imaginaries, especially for a distinct transnational landscape like the Hindu-Kush Himalaya.

This course is part of the Development & Global Justice concentration in the Julien J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 5:52am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 509

Date Range: 9/2/2021 - 12/16/2021