01:098:479 | Environmental Crises in Southeast Asia

Course Description:

This course examines the diversity of human relationships with nature and the various perceptions humans have about environmental crisis. Why do we investigate today’s global environmental problems by focusing on the cultures and histories of Southeast Asia? A region of rich biodiversity and complex histories, Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, or the Philippines have all undergone major worldwide processes like colonial (or semi-colonial) extraction, nationalization of resources, and the search for sustainable development. But environmental crisis is limited neither to developmental nor regional issues. Beyond the debates between economic gains and ecological costs are the various local perceptions of social, cultural, and environmental uncertainties.