[Sci-tech Asia seminar]: Mitigating Air Pollution in the Anthropocene: A Perspective from India by Vasundhara Bhojvaid

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[Sci-tech Asia seminar]: Mitigating Air Pollution in the Anthropocene: A Perspective from India

Date & Time: Oct 29, 1pm GMT +1 (Lisbon Time)

Abstract: In the early 2000s, the improved cookstove (ICS) is a technical device emerged as an important response to mitigating air pollution from inefficient biofuel burning in India. ICS can be broadly defined as modified stoves that aim to burn biofuel more efficiently, emit less smoke, and consume less biofuel. ICS research dates back to the 1930s, mainly as a response to pressures on forest resources. By the 1990s, the ICS fell into oblivion as most ICS programs had failed. There was also a shift in development discourse to household electrification. However, by the early 2000s, there was a renewed interest in ICS technologies. How are we to understand the  reappearance of the ICS? This seminar will present an ethnographic narrative that allows for an assessment of how the cookstove is improved and is seminal in the production of either a polluted environment or a mitigated environment, in how air pollution and its consequences are understood and transformed.

Bio: Vasundhara Bhojvaid is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Shiv Nadar University, India. Vasundhara’s research is informed by her interests in how air pollution has close intersections with climate change; and she is exploring this dynamic to understand the
contemporary anthropologically. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Material Culture and Cultural Anthropology. For more see:


This webinar will take place online via Zoom.

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The seminar is supported by the Department of Life Sciences and Research Center for Anthropology and Health (CIAS), University of Coimbra.


Webinar Convenors: Dr. Loretta Lou (University of Macau), Prof. Gonçalo Santos (University of Coimbra) and Dr. Yichen Rao (University of Michigan).


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