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Lea Stepan

Lea Stepan

Position

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Project MC 9.3

Kontaktinformationen

Institut für Ethnologie
Bergius Villa
Albert-Überle-Straße 3-5
Room 110
69120 Heidelberg
Germany

Email:
lea.stepan@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de
Telefon:
+49 176-22605143

Über Lea Stepan

Lea Stepan started her Ph.D. project as a member of the Cluster ‘Asia and Europe’ within the interdisciplinary research-group ‘Waterscapes in Transcultural Perspectives’ (Research Area C) in October 2013. Supervised by Prof. Dr. Annette Hornbacher she works on the sub-project ‘Water’ as a Contested Element Between Cosmological, Environmental and Economic Ascriptions and Knowledges: Balinese Perspectives (MC 9.3).

She received her Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg in 2012. Her thesis was concerned with the dynamics of cosmological constructions among local people in the context of recent developments of large-scale mining in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. 

Special interest in the Ph.D. project is laid on recently perceived problems of water scarcity and pollution as results of the growing tourist industry and agribusiness in Bali. Taking into consideration that water is venerated as the manifestation of the divine presence, the 'resource' water opens up a framework for tensions, multilayered meaning-making and complex interconnections of human-environment relations with regard to cosmology, ecology and economy. Thus, the interactions and intermingling of different concepts with respect also to questions of the usefulness of local ecological conceptualizations and practices in the context of these transformation processes are her main research interests. She examines particularly perfomative constitutions of Umwelt and ecology at the intersection of biophysical, symbolic, economic and ecological meanings of water.

 

Projekte

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Autorin:

Stepan, L. (2016) Balinese wet rice agriculture in transition: water knowledge between a sentient ecology and the pursuit of development. In R. Baghel; L. Stepan and J. Hill (eds.) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge.

Baghel, R. & Stepan, L. (2016) Contextualising the Anthropocene: The cultures, practices and politics of water knowledge in Asia. In R. Baghel; L. Stepan and J. Hill (eds.) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge.

Konferenzbericht: ‚Epistemologies of water in Asia‘, Karl Jaspers Centre for Advanced Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg, 13.-14. December 2014. In ASIEN The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, Nr. 135 (April 2015), S. 96 (http://asien.asienforschung.de/asien135/) (mit Ravi Baghel)

Herausgeberin:

Baghel, R; Stepan, L. and Hill, J. (eds.) (2016) Water, Knowledge and the Environment in Asia. Epistemologies, practices and locales. London, New York: Routledge.

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