Global Asia Initiative Concludes "Rivers in the Anthropocene" Conference at Duke Kunshan University

July 19, 2019

Attendees of the Rivers in the Anthropocene conference standing with conference banners outside Duke Kunshan UniversityFrom July 5-8, scholars from around the world attended a conference at Duke Kunshan University organized by the Global Asia Initiative. Titled "Rivers in the Anthropocene: Global Challenges and Local Responses," the conference invited discussants and participants to compare historical interactions between human societies and river environments across the global south in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

As climate change and water-related disasters (such as flood and drought) increasingly affect human societies around the world, scholars play an important role in both developing essential research questions and uncovering answers that enhance our understanding not only of the problem but ability to devise appropriate solutions. Sessions at the conference examined several aspects of the effects of human development on natural waterways, including long term comparisons of rivers, rivers and cities, understanding rivers in the anthropocene, water and violent conflict, nature and state, and global knowledge and the future of rivers.

Read the full article by Yan Gao.