Ravi Baghel, Dr.
- Postdoctoral Research Fellow
- Minicluster Waterscapes, Project Himalayan Glaciers
- Earth Systems Governance Research Fellow
South Asia Institute
Im Neuenheimerfeld 330
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About Ravi Baghel
Ravi Baghel joined the Cluster in the first cohort of the Graduate Programme of Transcultural Studies, and for his PhD (Geography) worked on the role of expert knowledge in human-environmental interactions, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Marcus NÃ¼sser. His dissertation analyzed large scale river control projects in India within a framework of Foucauldian political ecology, in close cooperation with a research project on large dams. His work focused on the role of expert knowledge in the transformation of river systems into technological hydroscapes in South Asia. This contemporary analysis was placed within a historical and geographical perspective through an examination of the circulation of the knowledge of river control.
His Masters studies had a focus on Globalisation as part of the Global Studies Programme, and he was awarded an M.A. in Social Sciences by the University of Freiburg, Germany and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He obtained a B.A. (Honours) degree in Chinese at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
He is an editor of Transcience- a journal of global studies.
Since 2010, Mr. Baghel is also associated with the Earth System Governance Project (ESGP) as a Research Fellow. The ESGP is one of the six core projects of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)
His primary research interest is in the role of Power/Knowledge in mediating Human interactions with the environment. Other related fields of interest include Geography of knowledge and Political Ecology. These interests are reflected in Dr Baghel's current research on Himalayan Glaciers.
- Introduction to political ecologies. (Seminar). Winter 2010/11, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.
- Human-environmental interactions in South Asia. Winter 2013/14, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.
- Geography of knowledge: Spaces, flows and structures. Summer 2014, Cluster of Excellence: Asia & Europe, Heidelberg University.
Baghel, R. (2014) River control in India: Spatial, governmental and subjective dimensions. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London & New York: Springer
NÃ¼sser, M., & Baghel, R. (2014): The emergence of the cryoscape: contested narratives of Himalayan glacier dynamics and climate change. In B. Schuler (Ed.), Environmental and climate change in South and Southeast Asia: How are local cultures coping? (Climate and Culture Vol. 2, in press) Leiden: Brill.
Baghel, R. (2014) "Misplaced knowledge: Large dams as an anatopism in South Asia". In M. NÃ¼sser (ed.) Large Dams: Contested Environments Between Technological Hydro-Scapes and Social Resistance; Series: Advances in Asian human-environmental research. Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London & New York: Springer
Baghel, R. (2013) Knowledge, power and the transformation of rivers: The spatial, governmental and subjective dimensions of river control in India. Ph. D. Dissertation. Ruprecht-Karls-UniversitÃ¤t Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.
Baghel, R. (2012) Knowledge, power and the environment: Epistemologies of the Anthropocene. Transcience 3(1): 1-6 [Editor's introduction to the special issue]
Baghel, R. and M. NÃ¼sser (2010). Discussing large dams in Asia after the World Commission on Dams: Is a political ecology approach the way forward? Water Alternatives 3(2): 231-248. Link to article
Baghel, R. (2010) Fear of crime in South Africa: Obsession, compulsion, disorder. Transcience 1(2): 71-84
Baghel, R. and A. Mayr (2007). "Glimpses through the cage of fear: International students experience Durban". In R. Pattman and S. Khan (eds.) Undressing Durban. Durban: Madiba Publishers, University of KwaZulu-Natal
Conference presentations (selected)
2012 Price of change: expert activism against large dams in India. 2nd
International Workshop on Comparative Water Studies, 20-21 January
2012, Bonn, Germany
2011. Water flowing waste to the sea: Tracing a genealogy of the technocratic understanding of rivers in India. "Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting" (12-16 April 2011) Seattle, USA .
2011. Dissenting governmentalities: Expert opposition to the large scale transformation of river systems in India. "Colorado Conference on Earth Systems Governance: Crossing boundaries and building bridges" (17-20 May 2011) Ft. Collins, USA
2010. Session âKnowledge, Power and the Environmentâ. Session organized for âPower & Knowledge, 2nd International Conferenceâ (September 6-8, 2010), Tampere, Finland.
2009. Large Dams in India & China: Potentials and Pitfalls of a 'Third World Political Ecology' Approach. Paper presented at âSeventh International Conference on New Directions in the Humanitiesâ (2 to 5 June 2009), Beijing, China.
2008. Control in Information societies: From surveillance to diagnosis? Paper presented at the conference âPower: Forms, Dynamics and Consequencesâ( 22-24 September 2008), Tampere, Finland.