The British Inter-University China Centre and the White Rose East Asia Centre are holding a workshop on The Roots of China’s Environmental Crisis. It will take place at the University of Bristol on 10 September 2010. Attendance is by invitation, but we welcome expressions of interest.
The aim of the workshop is to examine China’s current environmental crisis and its historical roots, focussing particularly on the nineteenth and twentieth century. Its interest spans flooding and water control, meteorology, energy use and energy politics and the impact of the environment on population and the economy through famine and famine prevention. It will cover both historical incidences of the phenomena studied and their contemporary manifestations and implications. The workshop will be of interest not only to academics working on China’s social and economic history and on global environmental risks and issues, but also to people in NGOs and the government who want to acquire a deeper understanding of the massive issues facing China now.