Six Rivers in Historical Time: Nature-human Interactions on Himalayan Rivers
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
The workshop will present six papers discussing human-nature historical relationships on six major rivers in Asia, the Yellow River, the Yangzi, the Mekong, the Indus, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra. The vastly different river ecologies of the four Asian rivers played an important part in shaping the riverine communities as well as the ways in which the communities attempted to utilize, control and manipulate the rivers in the pre-modern and modern period. The rivers were significant actors in the socio-economic, political and cultural processes on a regional, national and international scale. Scholars have attempted to interpret this complex human-river relationship, from the perspectives of property rights regime, history of disasters, and fisheries, etc.