The panel will discuss the cultural dimensions of ecology through the shared experiences of different agricultural societies across the world.
Humankind social systems, culture, religious values and economic pattern grew around the land. This is especially true in the case of societies which are more dependent on nature or whose source of sustenance is immediately from the forest produce. Sociology and anthropology has as a discipline studied the interdependence between the concept of culture and ecology in diverse ways. Environmental influence on the cultural life of the people has been widely studied. The ecology influences not only human geographical locations and settings but also human relations, their mode of patterning everyday existence and practices. On the other hand, humankind also impact upon their surrounding nature. This can be of two extreme forms. Firstly, humankind acknowledges their dependency on nature by attributing various rituals to it as a means of appeasement or reciprocity, or organise collective action or movements with a cause to protect nature from the destructive tendencies of human beings in the name of development. Secondly, there are studies of the adverse effect of this relationship in which man impose and manipulate nature to his selfish gain. There are activities which lead to alienation of humans from nature like deforestations or the ramifications of colonialism or the state. The panel welcomes paper which will throw more light in understanding the diverse ways in which one can study the discourse between culture and ecology in different parts of the world especially in societies which experiences colonial rule.