Climate Justice Series: Environmental Casteism and Climate Disaster
Please join the Ambedkar Initiative at the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society, the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, the SIPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate & Engagement (DEICE) Committee, Columbia Climate School, and South Aisa Institute for a series of discussions examining social and economic justice issues related to climate change and energy transition in India. The first session, “Environmental Casteism and Climate Disaster,” will focus on how the climate crisis is reinforcing the vulnerabilities of oppressed communities and highlight the importance of an anti-caste framework for research and practice.
Two experts, scholar Srilata Sircar and Pulitzer-grantee journalist Suprakash Majumdar, will be in a conversation moderated by Deepali Srivastava, editor of CGEP’s, Energy Explained. Dr. Anupama Rao, director, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and the convenor of the Ambedkar Initiative will deliver welcome remarks. This series honors the legacy of Columbia University alum and India’s civil rights icon, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar (1891–1956) as an economist and an environmental rights leader, whose vision builds a bridge from past to present.
Dr. Srilata Sircar is a lecturer in India and global affairs at the King’s India Institute, where she leads the “Introduction to Global Affairs” and “Contemporary India” modules. Trained as an urban geographer, Sircar received her doctoral degree from Lund University, Sweden in 2017. With a prior background in history and development studies, her research interests include urban political ecology of South Asia, the politics of caste in infrastructure-building, and the political economy of subaltern urbanization. Srilata is a contributing writer for Feminism in India.
Suprakash Majumdar is a Pulitzer-Grantee Journalist working on social justice issues in South Asia through the lens of caste. They have worked on a range of issues ranging from climate justice, politics, and COVID-19, analyzing underreported issues in underreported communities. They’ve been published in The New Humanitarian, Time Magazine, VICE, Al Jazeera, Rest of World, and more.
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