Post-Materialist Science and Integral Ecology

This lecture focused on post-materialist science and integral ecology based on the speaker’s personal experience as an academic anthropologist and the new post-materialist scientific paradigm on cosmogenetic principle mostly through the work of cosmologist Brian Swimme, Thomas Berry and Mary Evelyn Tucker. Integral ecology not only integrates the human and non-human world but also the material and the immaterial and rests on a rejection of the consumerist society and the current economic institutions among others. It will also cover the experiments carried out by the speaker in the Peruvian Upper Amazon.

Frédérique Apffel-Marglin is a professor emerita of Anthropology at Smith College, Massachusetts and Founder and Director of Sachamama Center for Biocultural Regeneration, a non-profit organization in the Upper Peruvian Amazon. She did field research among the temple dancers of Jagannath Temple in Odisha in the mid-1970s and later on among agricultural communities in coastal Odisha. Her research interests include ritual, gender, political ecology, critiques of development, science studies, Andean-Amazonian shamanism and rain forest ecology.

She has published 14 books and more than 60 articles which include her latest book Sacred Soil: Biochar and the Regeneration of the Earth (co-authored with Robert Tindall and David Shearer).

Shail Mayaram is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Friday, 8 December 2017
4.30 pm, CSDS Seminar Room