Landscape, Place and Culture

Landscape, Place and Culture

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This collection of essays takes an interdisciplinary approach to the ecological, social, economic and, in particular, the cultural dimensions of the Australia-India relationship. The essays provide many levels of focus on environment, place and culture. Some evoke appreciation of particular a€œplaces, a€ either in India or Australia. Many explore how literature has treated a€œlandscape, a€ while some are comparative studies of cultural, historical and political development. The essays arise from a particular gathering of scholars: The East India chapter of the Indian Association for the Study of Australia (IASA) held its inaugural international conference in Kolkata on 22a€“23 January 2009. Much of the work is comparative, exploring common Indian and Australian themes of colonial and postcolonial experience, implications of migration and diaspora, and shared language and literature. The work also explores shared environmental crisis, manifest in landscapes such as the Mouths of the Ganges and Australiaa€™s Murray Darling Basin. Such comparisons indicate our shared experience of the a€œcrisisa€ of ecological, social, economic and cultural sustainability. As human future is colonized through environmental degradation, and determined by human migration and shared culture and values, our relationship to a€œplacea€ is revitalized and reassessed. We seek simultaneously a reconciliation between humans and a realignment of the human-nature relationship. This is the most basic meaning of social and ecological sustainability.Meanwhile those landscapes which extend beyond the citiesa€”rivers, deltas, seas, air, soil, wild lands and other ... to the excesses of human activity, bearing the a€œfootprinta€ of human resource use and becoming places to disperse pollution. ... We trace the almost inescapable contours of modernity, charted by language, rationality, science, enlightenment, progress, ... The essays in this book arise from a particular gathering of scholars: The East India chapter of the Indian Associationanbsp;...

Title:Landscape, Place and Culture
Author:Paul Brown, Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2011-01-18


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