Panel 01 (Gottschlich, Körber)

Towards the Future: Sustainability in South Asia

Panel organizers

Dr. Pierre Gottschlich (University of Rostock)
Wiegand Körber, M.A. (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg)



Panel abstract

South Asia is one of the most densely populated and fastest growing regions in the world. The way in which the countries in the region face the challenges of their intertwined environmental, economic, political, and societal issues will impact not only South Asia but the world as a whole – for better or for worse. Unsolved problems might have destabilizing effects elsewhere while successful South Asian paths towards sustainability may become role models for other regions.
Based on this necessity to make sustainability practically effective, the panel addresses the ways and hurdles to get there. Thus, the unifying element of the panel’s subject and disciplinary diversity lies in the question of whether and how sustainability can be achieved in South Asia.
Accordingly, sustainability is defined in a broad understanding. Relevant topics may range from natural resources, ecological issues, and disaster management to questions of political stability, economic development, and social cohesion. In an interdisciplinary approach, the panel invites contributions from different research areas including (but not being limited to) area studies, history, political science, sociology, anthropology, environmental studies, and economics.

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