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3 horas para concluir

The Roots and Routes of Asian Environmental Thought

We will begin this course by tracing historical ways of thinking about the environment in China. Through a range of examples, traditional notions of “nature” and “landscape“ will be introduced. These will be compared with modern transcultural and Western concepts. After studying a selection of key concepts pertaining to the construction of landscape (shanshui) as an aesthetic category, we will visit two sites in Switzerland where ancient and modern landscape art works from China are collected and made accessible to a wider public. Finally, we will look more closely into one historically and culturally formative theme in Chinese eco-aesthetic practice, namely the representation of human bodies as landscapes and vice versa. We will argue that the tradition of imagining, and mapping, bodies as structurally and materially embedded in the cosmic body has inspired ancient and modern artists to reflect critically upon the place and role of human beings in the world at large.

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8 vídeos ((Total 95 mín.)), 4 leituras, 1 teste
8 videos
Landscape Theory Part 17min
Landscape Theory Part 29min
Museum Rietberg Chinese Landscape Art Collection9min
Shanshui in Modern Art26min
Landscape and Body, Part 19min
Landscape and Body, Part 214min
Landscape and Body, Part 3: Ecosickness narratives10min
4 leituras
Recommended literature10min
Text Relating to Ecosickness Video1h
Recommended Videos10min
Recommended Literature10min
1 exercício prático
Module 110min
Semana
2
3 horas para concluir

Entangled Landscapes - Chinese Garden Concepts and Global Environments

Having assessed China’s ancient and modern conceptions of landscapes, and how they moved between cultures, social groups and societies, we will turn to the concept of entangled landscapes in the second module. Here, we will evaluate representations and narratives that explore the agency, conundrums and possibilities of applied transcultural aesthetic (and functional) paradigms in national politics of garden and park design. In a first step, the traveling concept of the Chinese garden will help us to evaluate the cultural and geopolitical affordances of gardens between Asia and Europe that are very often intimately connected to utopian visions of the ideal community. Next, we will encounter two different examples of a Chinese garden that bespeak their original sociopolitical functionality and conceptual underpinnings as much as the changes of these same when travelling across time and space. Our third theme of hometown nostalgia will study the turn of artists and intellectuals towards imaginary gardens of the past in view of large-scale heritage demolition in China. Finally, we will probe into the history of rural reconstruction and encounter two successful approaches towards the re-/creation of sustainable landscapes.

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11 vídeos ((Total 112 mín.)), 5 leituras, 1 teste
11 videos
Chinese Gardens in Britain 112min
Chinese Gardens in Britain 28min
Chinese Literati Gardens8min
Wädenswil Garden of TCM Herbs14min
Demolition, Part 18min
Demolition, Part 28min
Hometown Nostalgia14min
New Village Movements10min
Modern Landscaping8min
Shaxi Reconstruction Project8min
5 leituras
Recommended Reading10min
Recommended Reading10min
Recommended Videos10min
Recommended Videos10min
Recommended Readings10min
1 exercício prático
Module 218min
Semana
3
2 horas para concluir

Indian Religious Approaches: Two Communities

When actually implemented in experimental contexts, utopian ideas and projects draw on alternative visions of human interaction with (existing or imaginary) landscapes. Auroville, for example, is a project based on the foundations of Sri Aurobindo's philosophy of religion. The community was established in 1968 next to the Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu, India) by Mira Alfassa, one of the closest disciples of Sri Aurobindo. In that same year, Auroville was declared a project in congruence with the targets and ideals of UNESCO, who aims “to bring together in close juxtaposition the values and ideals of different civilizations and cultures …”. Both UNESCO and the Indian State officially support Auroville. Moreover, architects across the globe participated in the construction of, and were inspired by the social and ecological visions that characterize Auroville. When exploring this community's approach to landscape and ecology, we will tackle the underlying historical legacies and connectivities between India and Europe and listen to cultural voices engaging with the experiment. In a similar vein, religious practice is intimately connected with the particular features of regional topographies, landscapes and ecologies. For example, Zoroastric rituals in Mumbai were linked to the local population of vultures. The practical consequences of the extinction of the latter will be analysed in a next step, thematizing death and the spiritual/ritual processes that accompany the “natural“ transformation of living bodies into matter. While studying the Zoroastrian community in Mumbai, we will take a close look at the question of how their rituals are adapted to changing environmental conditions.

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12 vídeos ((Total 74 mín.)), 1 teste
12 videos
What is Religion?4min
Religious Communities4min
Introduction to Zoroastrianism8min
Dokhmenashini: System and Ritual10min
Conflicts and Opinions6min
Outcome: Doongerwadi as Entangled Landscape6min
History of Auroville7min
A City as a Visionary Project for the Evolution of Mankind6min
Community of a Location?4min
Voices of Auroville6min
Conclusions3min
1 exercício prático
Module 320min
Semana
4
1 hora para concluir

Environment in India: Concepts and Socio-Economic Conditions

Waste and its disposal is another important issue heavily impacting on landscapes and their local inhabitants. It challenges conventional political approaches, mobilises the public/private spheres, and can inspire pathbreaking scientific and social experiments as well as innovative literary, arts and design projects. High rates of economic growth are radically transforming Indian society and the Indian environment. The winners in this process have attained middle class status, and live increasingly consumerist lifestyles. However, growth has also produced losers: millions have lost their land and livelihoods to expanding mining concerns in the forests of central India, and to sprawling real estate developments in and around urban centres. Moreover, domestic and industrial waste, input intensive agriculture, and growing traffic have all radically undermined the quality of both urban and rural environments. We will examine the contradictions and the limitations inherent in contemporary forms of ‘bourgeois environmentalism’, but also critically assess the suggestion that civil society and environmental concerns are indeed the preserve of ‘bourgeois’ elites.

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8 vídeos ((Total 57 mín.)), 1 teste
8 videos
Waste, Pollution, and Cleaning7min
Social Structures7min
Sacred Rivers, Polluted Water6min
Manual Scavenging6min
Public Sanitation6min
India's Economy of Waste7min
Solid Waste Collectors6min
1 exercício prático
Module 418min

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Andrea Riemenschnitter

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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

Sobre Universidade de Zurique

Founded in 1833, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland’s largest university, with a cur­rent enrollment of over 26,000 students. Made up of seven faculties covering approximately 100 different subject areas, UZH is proud to offer the most comprehensive aca­demic program in the country....

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