March 4 – 6, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida
Hosted by Eckerd College
Local Experiences / Global Reverberations”
The 2016 ASIANetwork Conference theme focuses on the global ecological consciousness that underlies much of 21st century scholarship, teaching and learning throughout the arts, humanities, social, behavioral and physical sciences. Asia’s environment includes physical and natural systems, social and cultural contexts, as well as the metaphysical and virtual worlds.
In our environment-focused theme we are sensitive to values embedded in issues such as sustainability, collaboration, diversity, justice, and global citizenship. Ecological consciousness in the study of Asia recognizes multiple perspectives and “truths” that arise from non-Western- and Western-framed inquiry and disciplines.
KEYNOTES AND FILM SCREENINGS
Ian Miller. “Carbon and its Discontents: Japan in the Age of Global Energy”
Ian Miller teaches Japanese and environmental history at Harvard University. He is the author of The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo and co-editor of Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power.
Sean Peoples. Film screening and Keynote: Broken Landscape
Sean is a film producer at Think Out Loud Productions and a multimedia producer with the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. Broken Landscape explores the aftermath of the unexpected court-ordered shutdown of one of the world’s most lawless and dangerous coalfields, located in Meghalaya, India.
David Hastings. “China’s Energy Future: Global Climate Challenges, National and Local Solutions”
David Hastings is Professor of Marine Science & Chemistry, Eckerd College. His primary research interest is paleoclimatology (the history of past climate changes), chemical oceanography, and marine biogeochemistry. He was named one of five “Got Science” Champions for 2014 by the Union of Concerned Scientists, and he recently conducted environmental research with his students in Xiamen, China, as part of Eckerd’s Luce Foundation LIASE Grant.
Tami Blumenfield and Brandon Inabinet, Furman College. Film Screening
In the 2014-15 academic year, Professors Blumenfield and Inabinet collaborated with the Shi Center for Sustainability to foster dialogue between food cultivators in South Carolina and their counterparts in southwest China. They worked with students to develop two short films that were screened first in Greenville and then in several locations in China at events designed to promote conversation and comparative reflection. Project participants in both countries gained a better understanding of community approaches, challenges and responses across very different circumstances. Both films will be screened at this session.