Eco-cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience

Eco-cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience 

Anthropological Association of Ireland

in collaboration with the Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Studies Centre (MEWSC)

the Moral Foundations of Economy & Society research centre (MFES)


launching a new UCC Frontier programme MA Anthropology


Supported by:

UCC Study of Religions Department and School of Sociology, Philosophy, Criminology, Government, and Politics


University College Cork

21st & 22nd September 2018


Confirmed speakers:

  • Hugh Brody, Honorary Professor in the School of Anthropology and Conversation at the University of Kent, Canada Research Chair at the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia, filmmaker, writer
  • Verrier Elwin photographic exhibition, curated by Dr Tara Douglas
  • Marine Carrin, Professor at Centre D’Anthropologie, Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès & French National Centre for Scientific Research /CNRS
  • Andre Iteanu, Professor Sciences Religieuses at Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes & French National Centre for Scientific Research/ CNRS
  • Alpa M. Shah, Associate Professor and Reader in Anthropology at the London School of Economics, launching her book Nightmarch: Among India’s Revolutionary Guerrillas
  • Aziliz Gouez, Chair of ‘Ethnography of Europe working group’


A two-day interdisciplinary conference on Eco-cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience for discussions from anthropological, environmental, cultural, economic and political perspectives. Local knowledge systems can be viewed as cultures of sustainability, they are often embedded in heterogenous ecological knowledge, a reflection of indigenous cosmologies, epistemologies and ontologies (Kopenawa/Albert 2013). These local knowledge systems are often criminalised, colonised, subverted or commodified. With the process of industrial extraction of natural resources, diverse indigenous, analogous (co-existing but different) peoples, and local communities are deprived of their fundamental human rights for secured livelihood and preserved eco-systems. An industrial, and even digital, neo-colonial intrusion into the territories and minds of indigenous and analogous peoples is taking place worldwide. With ecological degradation, the vulnerable worldviews, rituals, practices and knowledge systems of indigenous/analogous peoples, and local communities are critically threatened. Yet these worldviews and local knowledge systems could be central for finding local and global solutions for a sustainable and philanthropic world where cultural and eco-biological diversity and mutuality may thrive. This conference invites contributions on the broad theme of environmental, cultural and social sustainability with reference to indigenous/analogous peoples, and local communities.


Suggested themes:

  • local ecological practices and worldviews
  • threatened forms of ecological knowledge transmitted by local traditions
  • ecological sustainability and cultural knowledge
  • eco-cosmologies as solutions for a sustainable world
  • indigenous cultures and worldviews
  • language ecologies
  • digital ecologies
  • shamanic worldviews & ontologies
  • indigenous practices in diasporic communities
  • local heritage, global appropriation
  • vulnerabilities, damage and resilience
  • historical ecologies


Conference Organisers: James Cuffe, Lidia Guzy, Cormac Sheehan


*This Anthropological Association of Ireland conference has been kindly co-sponsored by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) and the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), hosts of the upcoming International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES) World Congress of Anthropology in 2023, on ‘Anthropology in the Public Sphere: Global Peace and Development’. Eco-cosmology, Sustainability and a Spirit of Resilience is a collaboration with IUAES 2023, and is one of a series of exciting events leading up to the World Congress in Bhubaneswar, India.