Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Society and Environment in Ladakh: Historical Perspectives and Recent Dynamics

16th Conference of the International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS)

Heidelberg, Germany, 17.-20. April 2013


The 16th Conference of The International Association for Ladakh Studies (IALS) has taken place at the Department of Geography, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, Germany, 17.-20. April 2013.
Under the overarching topic „Society and Environment in Ladakh: Historical Perspectives and Recent Dynamics“, senior scientists, young researchers and practitioners discussed different topics related to Ladakh and its neighbouring mountain regions. Following the tradition of the IALS, the conference had an explicitly interdisciplinary character.

Press release: University of Heidelberg
Conference report: Ladakh Studies

More information on IALS: LadakhStudies.org.

More than 80 scholars and scientists participated in the 16th IALS conference "Society and Environment in Ladakh"

Opening remarks in the library lecture hall by Prof. Dr. Hans Harder, Executive Director of the South Asia Institute

A total of 14 sessions covered a wide range of topics and disciplines and encouraged interdisciplinary exchange and discussions

Fruitful discussions continued during the coffee break