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Environmental Activism and Environmental Education: (De) Politicising Struggles in India and South Africa

Speaker: Peter Sutoris
Date: Thursday, 18 May 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: CCS Seminar Room A726, Level 7, Shepstone, Howard College, UKZN

Topic: This seminar presents preliminary findings of an ongoing multi-sited ethnographic study that examines the relationship between grassroots environmental justice movements and school-based environmental education programs in Uttarakhand, North India and the South Durban Industrial Basin, South Africa. This research examines how different actors (learners, teachers, administrators, NGO workers) engage with politicised struggles for environmental justice focused on issues of displacement (India) and pollution (South Africa). It utilises a range of methods, including ethnographic film and phenomenological interviewing, with the goal of understanding the processes of (de)politicisation of environmental struggles in and out of school.

Speaker Bio: Peter Sutoris is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and a visiting scholar at CCS. His research focuses on the cross-national implementation of educational interventions in the context of international development. He is the author of the monograph Visions of Development: Films Division of India and the Imagination of Progress, 1948-75 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2016) and the documentary film The Undiscovered Country (Alexander Street Press, 2012) about education and development in the Central Pacific. Prior to starting his doctorate, he worked in international development in South Asia, the Pacific and the United States.

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