Author Biography

Georgina Drew is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. From 2011-2013, she served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at The New School’s India China Institute.

Ashok Gurung is the Senior Director of the India China Institute. He was one of the chief designers and coordinators of the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya project. His efforts developed the project into a successful three-year research endeavor with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation. He has recently launched a follow up project entitled The Sacred Himalaya Initiative.


This text serves as an introduction to a special issue introducing the work of scholars associated with the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya project. Included in the discussion is a set of observations on the key themes that brought the research project together, and which orient the submissions in this issue.


The ERSEH initiative would not have been possible without the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the Provost’s Office of The New School in New York City. Special thanks are extended to Toby Volkman of the Henry Luce Foundation for her invaluable encouragement and intellectual engagement with the project’s inception, development, and execution. Numerous scholars and professionals were also involved in sculpting and promoting the ERSEH initiative. Thomas J. Mathew made significant contributions to this effort and to sculpting some of the key points highlighted in this introduction. The remaining contributors are too abundant to mention in detail but ICI acknowledges and sends gratitude to everyone who took part in the planning sessions, research projects, and conferences that were linked with the ERSEH project.

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