Chiasmos: The University Of Chicago International And Area Studies Multimedia Outreach Source [audio]

"Elephants, Gods and People: The Cultural History of the Asian Elephants"



Raman Sukumar is the author of three books on the ecology and conservation of elephants, and the recipient of the International Cosmos Prize in 2006. He is presently completing a cultural history of the Asian elephant that will be published in late 2010. Using literary sources and artistic representation of elephants in painting and sculpture, Sukumar's talk traces the changing paradigms in the elephant-human relationship through history, and provides possible ecological explanations for the same.