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Six Rivers in Historical Time: Nature-human Interactions on Himalayan Rivers

The workshop will present six papers discussing human-nature
historical relationships on six major rivers in Asia, the Yellow River,
the Yangzi, the Mekong, the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. The vastly different river ecologies of the four Asian rivers played an important part in shaping
the riverine communities as well as the ways in which the communities
attempted to utilize, control and manipulate the rivers in the
pre-modern and modern period. The rivers were significant actors in the
socio-economic, political and cultural processes on a regional, national
and international scale. Scholars have attempted to interpret this
complex human-river relationship, from the perspectives of property
rights regime, history of disasters, and fisheries, etc.

Contact: Rohini Thakkar