UCC CPD courses

Eco-cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience


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International conference, in association with the Anthropological Association of Ireland, will discuss the importance of indigenous understandings of sustainability and resource management. It will also examine the impact of development on small-scale societies.

It brings a unique opportunity to attendees to hear international scholars speak on the important topic of sustainability. The conference also has internationally recognised key notes including:

  •  Hugh Brody, Honorary Professor in the School of Anthropology and Conversation at the University of Kent, Canada Research Chair at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, filmmaker, writer
  • Achutya Samanta, Indian Philanthropist and Founder of Indigenous Universities Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar, India
  • Verrier Elwin photographic exhibition, curated by Dr Tara Douglas
  • Marine Carrin, Professor at Centre D’Anthropologie, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès & French National Centre for Scientific Research /CNRS
  • Andre Iteanu, Professor Sciences Religieuses at Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes & French National Centre for Scientific Research/ CNRS
  • Alpa M. Shah, Associate Professor and Reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics, launching her book Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas
  • Aziliz Gouez, Chair of ‘Ethnography of Europe working group

This two-day interdisciplinary conference on Eco-cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience will enable discussions from anthropological, environmental, cultural, economic and political perspectives. Local knowledge systems can be viewed as cultures of sustainability.  They are often embedded in heterogenous ecological knowledge, a reflection of indigenous cosmologies, epistemologies and ontologies (Kopenawa/Albert 2013).  These local knowledge systems are often criminalised, colonised, subverted or commodified.

With the process of industrial extraction of natural resources, diverse indigenous, analogous (co-existing but different) peoples, and local communities are deprived of their fundamental human rights for secured livelihood and preserved eco-systems. An industrial, and even digital, neo-colonial intrusion into the territories and minds of indigenous and analogous peoples is taking place worldwide. With ecological degradation, the vulnerable worldviews, rituals, practices and knowledge systems of indigenous/analogous peoples, and local communities are critically threatened.


Dates / Times and Location:

11am- 9pm, 21st of September,

9.15am- 7pm, 22nd of September  


Registrations from 11.00 in the Aula Maxima, University College Cork. (Google Maps Aula Maxima




Fees and Costs

€30 Registration Fee, payable on registration at the Aula Maxima

Free entry for:

  • AAI Members
  • OAP's 

Limited Free Student Spaces Available

How Do I Apply

You do not need to apply to attend - registrations will be taken on the first day of the conference, and you will need to sign in again for the second day.  

If you have any special access requirements, please contact cpd@ucc.ie and we will advise the conference co-ordinators.

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