Project on the Meanings of Nature in East and South-East Asia

(Japanese version/日本語 オンライン・ワークショップ「自然とはなにか?」へのお誘い )

(Vietnamese version)

East Asian and South-East Asian conceptions of the natural world tend to be mentioned only superficially in global reports about the relationships between people and nature. These reports are largely based on scientific resources in English, which possibly is one of the reasons for this lack of representativeness. To fill this gap, there is a need to make accessible to the global English-speaking audience the conceptualizations of nature that are and have been widely debated in diverse East and South-East Asian traditions of thought. This project aims to contribute and show the high diversity of conceptions of “nature” (and therefore of conceptions of humans) in East Asia and South-East Asia.


  • Connect scholars and develop the Network of Asian Environmental Philosophy (NAEP).
  • Online workshop in July-August 2021.
  • Publish a co-authored peer-review paper with the results of the contributions and discussions.
  • Feature each contribution on NAEP’s website.

Our peer-reviewed co-authored paper was published in open access on May 31st 2022. Find it here!

Citation: Droz, L., Chen H-M., Chu H-T, Jannel R., Komatsubara O., Nguyen D. H., Undrakh B., Sherpa T. O., Tun S., Meas C., Fajrini R., Imbong J., Lagasca-Hiloma C. M., 2022. “Exploring the diversity of conceptualizations of nature in East and South-East Asia”, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.

July 2021 Online Workshop

We organized a workshop on the Meanings of Nature in East and South-East Asia.

Please download the invitation with the details below. To facilitate the discussions during the workshop, we would like to collect draft contributions in advance. If you are interested in contributing and if you have any question, concern or suggestion, please send us an email as soon as possible, and we will be in touch.

Main discussion language is English. Everyone is welcome and we will do our best to accommodate diverse linguistic backgrounds.


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