How Can We Anticipate Climate Change in Mountain Communities?

Date: 27 June 2014
Other languages: Русский язык |

Speaker: Dr. Karim-Aly Kassam
Date: 27 June 2014, 4.00 pm
Venue: University of Central Asia (UCA), 138 Toktogul Street, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic,2nd Floor Conference Room.

Abstract
Climate change is occurring in regions with already existing layers of inequities. Furthermore, communities that did not contribute to the causes of climate change are at its vanguard and are experiencing dramatic perturbations. Using applied research from the Pamir Mountains of  Central Asia, this presentation will discuss the possible contributions biological and social sciences as well as the humanities can make to building anticipatory and adaptive capacity. Drawing on indigenous calendars, this presentation will propose a collaborative and interdisciplinary way forward.

Registration
Please RSVP to zulfiia.burkhanova@ucentralasia.org with your name and affiliation. Please indicate if you require Russian translation. 

Biography
Dr. Karim-Aly S. Kassam is a Senior Research Fellow of the University of Central Asia (UCA). Since 2012 he has been leading the development of the Earth and Environmental Science Major of UCA. Dr. Kassam holds a PhD in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University (USA), an MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics (UK), an MPhil in Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary (Canada). Dr. Kassam has been tenured twice in his career: first, in a largely social science and humanities department; and the second time, in a largely biological sciences department at Cornell University. Dr. Kassam’s objective is to seamlessly merge teaching with applied research in the service of communities. His research focuses on the complex connectivity of human and environmental relations, addressing indigenous ways of knowing, food sovereignty, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change. This research is conducted in partnership with indigenous communities in the Alaskan, Canadian, and Russian Arctic and Sub-Arctic; the Pamir Mountains in Afghanistan and Tajikistan; and the rain forest in the south of India. By investigating the relationship between biological and cultural diversity, Dr. Kassam seeks to expand the foundations of the notion of pluralism.

Language
The presentation will be in English. Russian translation provided upon prior request.