Friday, 11 April 2014

Twenty libraries in Delhi you've never visited

SAGAR: a south asia research journal
Anyone planning a research trip to Delhi should read Daniel Majchrowicz's archive review in the October 11th 2013 issue of  SAGAR: a South Asia Research Journal.

Daniel, a PhD candidate in the field of Islamic Cultures of South Asia at Harvard University, reviews twenty libraries often overlooked by visiting scholars.  The online article includes links to library websites (where available), location maps, and lots of helpful tips about the collections and buildings, including the best times to visit them.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Bhutan photographic exhibition

The Department of Geography Library, at the University of Cambridge, is currently exhibiting photographs from a research project undertaken in the Kingdom of Bhutan. This is the pilot in a proposed series of small exhibitions showing the wide-ranging research interests of members of the department.

The current exhibit 'Hidden Lands and Sealed Mountains: Places and Spaces in a Conservation Landscape' illustrates the work of Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp, who conducted her doctoral fieldwork on sacred natural sites and the conservation-culture-development nexus in Bhutan with the kind support of the Ugyen Wangchuk Institute for Conservation and Environment, Royal Government of Bhutan.

Riamsara writes: I was raised and grew up in Thailand while it was undergoing rapid economic development and personally witnessed changing landscapes and changing human values around me. Thus I am interested in the human engagement with nature and environmental conservation, and specifically the expression of Buddhist philosophies and practices and the ways in which conservation landscapes are culturally inflected. My PhD research concerns the relationship between environmental conservation and Buddhist beliefs and practices and my research draws from and addresses theorizations in cultural landscapes and political ecology. I am interested in multi-disciplinary research and employ methods from the social and environmental sciences.

The exhibition can be viewed during library opening hours. No appointment is required.  See:  Afternoons are generally the best time to visit, as the library is quieter.