#Focus ICAS12 | From World Renunciation to Environmentalism in Rishikesh (North India).
Du 24 au 28 août prochain, l’Université Kyoto Seika accueillera la douzième édition de l'International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS). Cet été, le GIS Asie, partenaire de l'événement, vous propose de découvrir une sélection de communications qui seront présentées lors de l’événement.
Johan Krieg présentera une communication intitulée "From World Renunciation to Environmentalism in Rishikesh (North India)"
Studies has revealed significant environmental impacts of liberalisation measures that were adopted by the Indian government since 1991. According to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), India is the fourth worst country in the world when it comes to handling environmental issues. One of the major challenges facing India is to find the right balance between economic development and environmental protection. The contemporary problems of environmental degradation have not gone unnoticed by Hindus. Some of them turn to Hinduism in the hope of finding solutions to the ecological crisis. The heads of monasteries in Rishikesh (North India) reinterprets Hindu philosophical and religious ideas, more specifically the doctrine and practice of Yoga, in order to adapt them to today’s global environmental challenges. Understanding the mechanism by which Hindu ancestral traditions are transformed into environmental ethics is a complex issue that will be discussed.
Johan Krieg is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from The Research Center for Anthropology and Comparative Sociology (LESC) at Paris Nanterre University. His Doctoral research focusses on the attempts of some religious institutions in contemporary India to solve problems like poverty, inequalities between the sexes or environmental crisis. The heads of these Hindu monasteries reinterprets Hindu philosophical and religious ideas in order to adapt them to today’s global challenges. Understanding the mechanism by which Hindu ancestral traditions are transformed into humanistic and environmental ethics is a complex issue that will be discussed in his research. The aim of his study is to make a contribution to a better understanding of the role of Hindu monks and their disciples in social services and in conservation of environment in contemporary India.