Yale Himalaya Initiative

environment | livelihood | culture

Profiles

 

Sponsors

  • President Na Jinhua (ethno-resource management)
  • Vice President Duan Gang (Ethnology)
  • Vice President Li Bingze (International Education)

Organizers

Dan Smyer Yü (Ph.D. University of California at Davis)
Professor/Founding Director
Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies    
Yunnan Minzu University
 

Dan Smyer Yu is Professor and Founding Director of Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies at Yunnan Minzu University, a core member of the Transregional Research Network (CETREN) at University of Göttingen, and a Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity (on leave 2014-15).  He received his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of California at Davis in 2006, specializing in trans-regional studies of ethnic relations, religious revitalizations, Sino-Tibetan Buddhist interactions, and globalization. His recent publications include The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China: Charisma, Money, Enlightenment (monograph, Routledge 2011) and Mindscaping the Landscape of Tibet: Place, Memorability, Eco-aesthetics (monograph, De Gruyter 2015). His current research directions are transboundary governance of natural and human heritages, water and religious diversity, religion and peacebuilding, comparative studies of secularisms in the greater Himalayan region. He is also a documentary filmmaker. His widely screened films include Embrace (50 min. Tibetan mountain culture and ecology 2011) and Rainbow Rider (55 min. Tibetan Buddhism in China 2013).

Alark Saxena (Ph.D. Yale University)  
Program Director/Steering Committee Member
Yale Himalayan Initiative
Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale University

Alark Saxena is the Program Director of Yale Himalaya Initiative and a Lecturer at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Alark is a social-ecologist who is interested in questions associated to sustainability, resilience and livelihood using a systems approach.  His current research is focused in India and Nepal. In India, Alark is developing a complex model to evaluate livelihood resilience of forest based communities. Within Himalayas, Alark is modeling the impacts of tourism on local livelihood and culture in the Sagarmatha National park, Nepal. Himalayas have been a part of Alark’s life since his teenage days. As the Program Director of Yale Himalaya Initiative, Alark works to strengthen old and forge new relationships between Yale and the Himalayan region. 


Specialists and instructors

Yale University

Andrew Quintman (Ph.D. University of Michigan)
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies

Steering Committee Member of Yale Himalaya Initiative
Yale University

 Alark Saxena (Ph.D. Yale University)  
 Program Director/Steering Committee Member
 Yale Himalayan Initiative
 Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
 Yale University

Alder Keleman Saxena,(Ph.D. Yale University)
Fellow- Yale Himalaya Initiative (Food Security and Resilience)
Post Doc Fellow at the AURA program at Aarhus University, Denmark 


Yunnan Minzu University and other international scholars

Dan Smyer Yü (Ph.D. University of California at Davis)
Professor/Founding Director
Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies    
Yunnan Minzu University

Wang Jianhua, Yunnan Minzu University

Li Yunxia, Yunnan Minzu Universit

Georgina Drew
Department of Anthropology, the University of Adelaide, Australia 

Uromi Manange Goodale
Associate Professor, College of Forestry, Guangxi University