Modern Rivers of Eurasia: Potential, Control, Change

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Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 08:00 to Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 20:00
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As Scheduled
602 Cathedral of Learning
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Patryk Reid
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The inland rivers of Central Eurasia intersect vast regions, sustain diverse communities, and inform social identities. This symposium will explore how efforts to control and exploit the various potentials of these waterways reflect economic, political, and cultural histories that continue to shape local relationships of aquatic and anthropoid life. The speakers are part of a growing international and interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on water and society in Central Eurasia and engage conversations of urgent concern and global relevance. Central Eurasia has become known for the ways in which multiple countries have for decades contested the natural resources of the Amu Darya and Syr Darya although these rivers feed hydroelectric power production and agriculture at the expense of ecology—tragically shrinking the Aral Sea. Symposium participants will consider cross-cutting issues that center on cases of navigation, flood control, channel management, irrigation, and dam construction. This emphasis will promote a broad discussion with our audience about water-society relationships within globalizing contexts of the modern world.

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UCIS Unit: 
Asian Studies Center
Center for Russian and East European Studies
Confucius Institute
European Studies Center
Global Studies Center
Other Pitt Sponsors: 
Humanities Center
Department of History
World History Center
Department of Anthropology
Department of Sociology
Non-University Sponsors: 
Carnegie Mellon University Department of History
World Regions: 
Europe and Russia
Inner Asia