Sacred Himalaya Initiative: Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures – 2014-2017
New York, USA2014-17
The Sacred Himalaya Initiative builds on the successes of the Every Day Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Hymalaya Initiative. From 2014-2017, the India China Institute will be working with a team of researchers from India, China, Nepal and the United States of America to study and document relationships between religion and ecology, sacred landscapes, pilgrimage routes and ecological, economic and cultural sustainability and resilience in the Himalaya.
Objectives:- Create an expanded community of scholars focused on generating new field based research on the intersections of religion and ecology in Himalayan communities;- Develop an innovative and interactive sacred landscape mapping resource (Sacred Landscape Mapper) to aid scholars, students, and policymakers;- Produce academic papers, journal articles, or other critical media related to the intersections of religion and ecology in the Himalaya;- Design new undergraduate and graduate level courses;- Produce critical research and analysis documents and make recommendations for improving, expanding or rethinking existing and future academic and policy approaches to shared sacred landscapes.