Half the World 2012

Half the World 2012: Environments, Cultures, and Sustainability in East Asia

March 2-3, 2012

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are happy to host the fourth biennial Half the World Symposium March 2-3, 2012. This interdisciplinary Symposium follows three prior ones beginning in 2006, and is part of an exciting new Asian Environmental Studies Initiative at HWS, generously supported by The Henry Luce Foundation and the Freeman Foundation. Scholars (including graduate students) whose work examines any aspects of human-environment interactions in East Asia (including Southeast and Northeast Asia) are invited to present and/or attend.

We are excited to announce that all papers presented at the 2012 Symposium will be considered for publication in a special Spring 2012 issue of ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, the peer-reviewed journal of ASIANetwork, focusing on Asian environments. HWS Asian Environmental Studies Professor Darrin Magee, in collaboration with ASIANetwork Exchange editors Lisa Trivedi and Erin McCarthy, will edit the special issue.

HTW 2012 Presenters

  • Keynote Speaker: Judith Shapiro (American University)
    China's Environmental Challenges: Environmental Justice and the Displacement of Environmental Harm

  • Astrid Cerny (Ramapo College of New Jersey)
    Deeper than a salt bed: The benefits of teaching about Uzbekistan

  • Bahar Davary (University of San Diego)
    Ecology and Islam: The Case of South East Asia

  • Chris Coggins (Bard College at Simon’s Rock)
    Village Fengshui Forests of Southern China – Culture History and Conservation Status

  • Nicole Freiner (Bryant University)
    Mobilizing Mothers: The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Catastrophe and Environmental Activism in Japan

  • Pat Glibert (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences)
    Nutrient Pollution and Toxic Algal Blooms: One of many environmental issues with human health and economic consequences resulting from China’s rapid development

  • Jack Hayes (Norwich University)
    Fire and Society in Modern China

  • HU Tao (Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, China)
    Topic TBA

  • Takeshi Ito (Colorado College)
    Power to naturalize land dispossession: a policy discourse analysis of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE), Papua, Indonesia

  • Randy Kritkausky (ECOLOGIA)
    Getting to Environmental Sustainability in China One Supply Chain at a Time

  • Bellette Lee
    Water Power: The Emergent “Hydropower Discourse” in China

  • Danke Li (Fairfield University)
    Ecofeminism in China: A Discourse Connecting the Academic Global and Local

  • Setsuko Matsuzawa (College of Wooster)
    Environmental Activism in China: Citizen Engagement and its Dynamics

  • Jacob Park (Green Mountain College), Sustainable Planet Column, OurWorld 2.0
    Japan’s Changing Corporate Environmental and Social Responsibility Practices: Prospects for Sustainable Innovation and Entrepreneurship in a Post-Fukushima Energy Era

  • Michael Tangeman (Denison University)
    Takahashi Gen’ichiro and Miyazawa Kenji: De(con)struction of a Tohoku Paradise

  • Chingling Wo (Sonoma State University)
    In What Form Does Global Capital Flow Leave Behind Memories: The Story of Apple Snails caught between Green Revolution and Organic Food Movement

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Lodging: The closest hotel to campus is the Ramada Geneva Lakefront (, which has a great location with lovely views over the lake. The hotel is adjacent to downtown and an easy walk or drive to the campus. Next door is the Hampton Inn, also adjacent to downtown and the lake. A third option, away from the lake but still convenient to campus, is the Microtel Inn and Suites. Book soon since rooms will be filling with folks visiting the area for fall foliage and winery tours!

Getting to HWS: Commercial airports nearest Geneva are Rochester, NY (ROC) and Syracuse, NY (SYR), each of which is about one hour from campus. You may also fly into Ithaca (ITH), though flights there tend to be more expensive and less frequent. Driving directions can be found here (


Darrin Magee
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies/Director, AES Initiative




Darrin Magee
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Director, AES Initiative
Phone: (315) 781-3364


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