Introduction: a tropical lens

Lundberg, Anita (2016) Introduction: a tropical lens. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 15 (2). pp. 1-4.

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[Extract] The landscape of the tropics is being viewed from a fresh tropical lens. This year, the United Nations declared 29 June the 'International Day of the Tropics' – a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the tropical regions of the world. The date is the anniversary of the launch of the inaugural State of the Tropics 2014 report by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the first major output of the State of the Tropics project which draws on the expertise of leading tropical institutions from around the world. The 'International Day of the Tropics' testifies to the growing awareness of the significance of the tropics for the entire globe.

This global dynamic calls for new engagements with and within the tropics. In the past, the tropics has been largely defined by the views of outsiders as the region captured the imagination of ancient philosophers and colonial explorers, of artists and scientists. During the inauguration for the 'International Day of the Tropics', a 'tropics lens' for assessing how knowledge and ideas benefiting the tropical region was proposed. This new lens requires the views of creative and innovative scholars: of critical and indigenous thinkers, explorers of the imagination, new media artists, of social scientists and colleagues in cognate disciplines.

Item ID: 46729
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 1448-2940
Keywords: tropics, state of the tropics report, International day of the tropics
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2017 02:45
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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