[CSH Seminar] Eco-Swaraj: Pluriversal Pathways out of Global Crises (A. Kothari)

[CSH Seminar] Eco-Swaraj: Pluriversal Pathways out of Global Crises (A. Kothari)

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The Centre de Sciences Humaines is pleased to invite you to the CSH Seminar



(Kalpavriksh, Vikalp Sangam, and Global Tapestry of Alternatives)


Eco-Swaraj: Pluriversal Pathways out of Global Crises

Followed by discussion with Rajeshwari S. Raina (Shiv Nadar University)


Monday, 4 September 2023, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm IST

Centre de Sciences Humaines
IFI-CSH conference room (ground floor)
2 Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi – 110011

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The world faces multiple intersecting crises, including biodiversity loss and climate change, socio-economic inequities, conflicts, and authoritarianism. The necessity to find solutions is urgent. But it is also clear that these do not lie within the same paradigms that have created them, including in the currently dominant model of economic development, or in the structures of patriarchy, statism, capitalism, racism, colonialism and anthropocentrism that underlie it. Are there practices, concepts and frameworks that are pathways to a sustainable and equitable future? If yes, what needs to be done to make the transition towards such a future? This presentation will look at a Pluriverse of such alternatives. A framework of radical transformation emerging in India called Eco-swaraj, or Radical Ecological Democracy, will be presented in detail. Other similar radical approaches from around the world will be described in brief, and the commonalities within this pluriverse brought out.


Ashish Kothari began working on environment and development issues in his school days in 1978-79, as one of the founders of Kalpavriksh, an Indian environmental NGO. He coordinates Kalpavriksh’s programme on Alternatives. A graduate in Sociology, Ashish has taught environment at the Indian Institute of Public Administration in the 1990s, and been guest faculty at several universities, institutes, and colleges. He is also a member of Vikalp Sangam in India, and co-editor of Alternative Futures: India Unshackled. He is the author or editor of over 30 books (including Churning the Earth: Making of Global India; Alternative Futures: India Unshackled; and Pluriverse: A Post-Development Dictionary), and over 400 articles.

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