Fragile Frontiers:
Understanding Crisis, Conservation, and the Anthropocene in the Western Himalayas

What drives environmental change in the Western Himalayas and its link to the Anthropocene? How do urbanization, tourism, and resource use affect the Western Himalayas’ ecosystems? What challenges do local communities face in the Western Himalayas due to the Anthropocene, and how can they be addressed?

DURATION: 3 DAYS | BATCH: March 2024 | STARTING DATE: 2nd-4th March

Embark on a fascinating journey where you will explore the profound impact of human activity on the fragile ecosystems of the Western Himalayas. As one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, the Western Himalayas provide a unique lens through which we can understand the Anthropocene—the current epoch marked by human-induced environmental changes.

During this course, you will delve into the intricate interplay between human societies, climate change, and ecological transformations in this breathtaking mountainous landscape. From the effects of urbanization, culture, heritage and tourism to agriculture practices and resource exploitation, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how human activities have shaped the Western Himalayas and the challenges they face in the Anthropocene.

The course offers a blend of theoretical knowledge, case studies, and practical exercises. Through interactive modules, engaging discussions, and multimedia resources, you will develop a holistic understanding of the Anthropocene concept and its implications in the Western Himalayas.

Date:
2nd March
Duration:
3 Day Course in March 2024
Mode:
Virtual Course using Zoom

Skills Gained:

  • Understanding the Anthropocene:
  • Environmental Analysis and Assessment
  • Sustainable Solutions and Conservation Strategies

Recommended For:
Archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, architectural historians,art historians and just about anyone who wants to know about Himalayan architecture.

Dr. Sonali Gupta completed her Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles, in Egyptian Archaeology. She has a law degree and practiced criminal law. She has worked in archaeological projects in the US, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Sonali is an anthropological archaeologist and has directed international field schools in India under her projects “Myth and Reality” and “Materiality and Memory in the Kullu region of the Indian Himalayas, training students in archaeological and anthropological field methods. She has taught at UCLA, the National Museum, New Delhi, and the Himalayan Institute of Cultural & Heritage Studies (HICHS) of which she is the Founding Director.

Her core area of research is investigating and documenting cultural transmission of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She is currently a Cultural Resource Specialist with focus on Architectural History, Preservation, and Heritage law with a well known firm based in the US.

Teaching is her lifelong passion. She is confident that her instructional style transforms students placing them on the path of culture and heritage with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Indian Himalayas.

Embark on a fascinating journey where you will explore the profound impact of human activity on the fragile ecosystems of the Western Himalayas. As one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, the Western Himalayas provide a unique lens through which we can understand the Anthropocene—the current epoch marked by human-induced environmental changes.

During this course, you will delve into the intricate interplay between human societies, climate change, and ecological transformations in this breathtaking mountainous landscape. From the effects of urbanization, culture, heritage and tourism to agriculture practices and resource exploitation, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of how human activities have shaped the Western Himalayas and the challenges they face in the Anthropocene.

The course offers a blend of theoretical knowledge, case studies, and practical exercises. Through interactive modules, engaging discussions, and multimedia resources, you will develop a holistic understanding of the Anthropocene concept and its implications in the Western Himalayas.

Date:
2nd March
Duration:
3 Day Course in March 2024
Mode:
Virtual Course using Zoom

Skills Gained:

  • Understanding the Anthropocene:
  • Environmental Analysis and Assessment
  • Sustainable Solutions and Conservation Strategies

Recommended For:
Archaeologists, anthropologists, architects, architectural historians,art historians and just about anyone who wants to know about Himalayan architecture.

Dr. Sonali Gupta completed her Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles, in Egyptian Archaeology. She has a law degree and practiced criminal law. She has worked in archaeological projects in the US, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Sonali is an anthropological archaeologist and has directed international field schools in India under her projects “Myth and Reality” and “Materiality and Memory in the Kullu region of the Indian Himalayas, training students in archaeological and anthropological field methods. She has taught at UCLA, the National Museum, New Delhi, and the Himalayan Institute of Cultural & Heritage Studies (HICHS) of which she is the Founding Director.

Her core area of research is investigating and documenting cultural transmission of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. She is currently a Cultural Resource Specialist with focus on Architectural History, Preservation, and Heritage law with a well known firm based in the US.

Teaching is her lifelong passion. She is confident that her instructional style transforms students placing them on the path of culture and heritage with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Indian Himalayas.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is it a certificate course ?

Yes, you will get an e-certificate on completion of the course (during that month)

Will I be able to get a recording ?

You are strongly advised to attend the session in real time since participating in the exercises and group discussions is essential to a holistic understanding of the course. However, recordings can be made available for a limited time only for those participants who are able to supply valid reasons for their absence.

Is this course good for me ? I am a beginner.

Yes, this course is tailored for everyone.

What are the general timings of the course ?

The classes are typically scheduled in the evening according to Indian Standard Time. For those in other time zones, we arrange a mutually convenient time as a group before the classes begin.

How do I pay ? Form of payment ?

Indian applicants will be able to pay via a secure gateway provided by Razorpay. Foreign applicants will be able to pay via a secure gateway provided by Stripe.

Are you going to offer this course again?

Please keep checking the website. We may repeat it in due course.

Is this an online course ?

Yes, this is a virtual course with active engagement with students.

In case of a technical glitch, will the lesson be rescheduled ?

Yes, the lesson will be rescheduled