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The Roots and Routes of Asian Environmental Thought

We will begin this course by tracing historical ways of thinking about the environment in China. Through a range of examples, traditional notions of “nature” and “landscape“ will be introduced. These will be compared with modern transcultural and Western concepts. After studying a selection of key concepts pertaining to the construction of landscape (shanshui) as an aesthetic category, we will visit two sites in Switzerland where ancient and modern landscape art works from China are collected and made accessible to a wider public. Finally, we will look more closely into one historically and culturally formative theme in Chinese eco-aesthetic practice, namely the representation of human bodies as landscapes and vice versa. We will argue that the tradition of imagining, and mapping, bodies as structurally and materially embedded in the cosmic body has inspired ancient and modern artists to reflect critically upon the place and role of human beings in the world at large....
Reading
8 vidéos (Total 95 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video8 vidéos
Landscape Theory Part 17 min
Landscape Theory Part 29 min
Museum Rietberg Chinese Landscape Art Collection9 min
Shanshui in Modern Art26 min
Landscape and Body, Part 19 min
Landscape and Body, Part 214 min
Landscape and Body, Part 3: Ecosickness narratives10 min
Reading4 lectures
Recommended literature10 min
Text Relating to Ecosickness Video min
Recommended Videos10 min
Recommended Literature10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 110 min
Semaine
2
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3 heures pour terminer

Entangled Landscapes - Chinese Garden Concepts and Global Environments

Having assessed China’s ancient and modern conceptions of landscapes, and how they moved between cultures, social groups and societies, we will turn to the concept of entangled landscapes in the second module. Here, we will evaluate representations and narratives that explore the agency, conundrums and possibilities of applied transcultural aesthetic (and functional) paradigms in national politics of garden and park design. In a first step, the traveling concept of the Chinese garden will help us to evaluate the cultural and geopolitical affordances of gardens between Asia and Europe that are very often intimately connected to utopian visions of the ideal community. Next, we will encounter two different examples of a Chinese garden that bespeak their original sociopolitical functionality and conceptual underpinnings as much as the changes of these same when travelling across time and space. Our third theme of hometown nostalgia will study the turn of artists and intellectuals towards imaginary gardens of the past in view of large-scale heritage demolition in China. Finally, we will probe into the history of rural reconstruction and encounter two successful approaches towards the re-/creation of sustainable landscapes....
Reading
11 vidéos (Total 112 min), 5 lectures, 1 quiz
Video11 vidéos
Chinese Gardens in Britain 112 min
Chinese Gardens in Britain 28 min
Chinese Literati Gardens8 min
Wädenswil Garden of TCM Herbs14 min
Demolition, Part 18 min
Demolition, Part 28 min
Hometown Nostalgia14 min
New Village Movements10 min
Modern Landscaping8 min
Shaxi Reconstruction Project8 min
Reading5 lectures
Recommended Reading10 min
Recommended Reading10 min
Recommended Videos10 min
Recommended Videos10 min
Recommended Readings10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 218 min
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3
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2 heures pour terminer

Indian Religious Approaches: Two Communities

When actually implemented in experimental contexts, utopian ideas and projects draw on alternative visions of human interaction with (existing or imaginary) landscapes. Auroville, for example, is a project based on the foundations of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of religion. The community was established in 1968 next to the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu, India) by Mira Alfassa, one of the closest disciples of Sri Aurobindo. In that same year, Auroville was declared a project in congruence with the targets and ideals of UNESCO, who aims “to bring together in close juxtaposition the values and ideals of different civilizations and cultures …”. Both UNESCO and the Indian State officially support Auroville. Moreover, architects across the globe participated in the construction of, and were inspired by the social and ecological visions that characterize Auroville. When exploring this community's approach to landscape and ecology, we will tackle the underlying historical legacies and connectivities between India and Europe and listen to cultural voices engaging with the experiment. In a similar vein, religious practice is intimately connected with the particular features of regional topographies, landscapes and ecologies. For example, Zoroastric rituals in Mumbai were linked to the local population of vultures. The practical consequences of the extinction of the latter will be analysed in a next step, thematizing death and the spiritual/ritual processes that accompany the “natural“ transformation of living bodies into matter. While studying the Zoroastrian community in Mumbai, we will take a close look at the question of how their rituals are adapted to changing environmental conditions. ...
Reading
12 vidéos (Total 74 min), 1 quiz
Video12 vidéos
What is Religion?4 min
Religious Communities4 min
Introduction to Zoroastrianism8 min
Dokhmenashini: System and Ritual10 min
Conflicts and Opinions6 min
Outcome: Doongerwadi as Entangled Landscape6 min
History of Auroville7 min
A City as a Visionary Project for the Evolution of Mankind6 min
Community of a Location?4 min
Voices of Auroville6 min
Conclusions3 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 320 min
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4
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1 heure pour terminer

Environment in India: Concepts and Socio-Economic Conditions

Waste and its disposal is another important issue heavily impacting on landscapes and their local inhabitants. It challenges conventional political approaches, mobilises the public/private spheres, and can inspire pathbreaking scientific and social experiments as well as innovative literary, arts and design projects. High rates of economic growth are radically transforming Indian society and the Indian environment. The winners in this process have attained middle class status, and live increasingly consumerist lifestyles. However, growth has also produced losers: millions have lost their land and livelihoods to expanding mining concerns in the forests of central India, and to sprawling real estate developments in and around urban centres. Moreover, domestic and industrial waste, input intensive agriculture, and growing traffic have all radically undermined the quality of both urban and rural environments. We will examine the contradictions and the limitations inherent in contemporary forms of ‘bourgeois environmentalism’, but also critically assess the suggestion that civil society and environmental concerns are indeed the preserve of ‘bourgeois’ elites. ...
Reading
8 vidéos (Total 57 min), 1 quiz
Video8 vidéos
Waste, Pollution, and Cleaning7 min
Social Structures7 min
Sacred Rivers, Polluted Water6 min
Manual Scavenging6 min
Public Sanitation6 min
India's Economy of Waste7 min
Solid Waste Collectors6 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Module 418 min

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Andrea Riemenschnitter

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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

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