Nature’s Revenge: Ecology, Animals, and Waste in Eurasia

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The existential threat of climate change has inspired renewed intellectual engagement with the Anthropocene. Eurasian Studies are no exception to this trend. In the last decade, studies that grapple with the past, present, and potential future of the human-nature dialectic are on the uptick. These studies have forced us to reconsider intellectual and ideological paradigms, sources, and role of scholars in society.

Nature’s Revenge: Ecology, Animals, and Waste in Eurasia seeks to bring some of this scholarship and activism to a wider public through a series of live-recorded interviews. The goal is to illuminate recent scholarship and complicate our understanding of the Eurasian Anthropocene and its place in our world.

Steppe Irrigation: Water, Rivers, and Canalization in the USSR

Tuesday, January 26, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
A Live Interview with:
Christopher Ward, Clayton State University
Maya Peterson, University of California, Santa Cruz
 

Conquering Nature: Russian Expansion to the Brink

Wednesday February 10, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
A Live Interview with:
Sharyl Corrado, Pepperdine University
Paul Josephson, Colby College
 

Creature Comforts: Animals, Zoos, and Exotic Trafficking in Eurasia

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
A Live Interview with:
Tracy McDonald, McMaster University
Marianna Szczygielska, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
 

Waste Not, Want Not: Trash and Recycling in Eurasia

Tuesday, March 9, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
A Live Interview with:
Elana Resnick, University of California, Santa Barbara 
Viktor Pal, University of Helsinki
 

Climate Clash: Ecological Activism in Russia

Tuesday, March 23, 12:00 pm-1:30 pm EST
A Live Interview with
Konstantin Fokin, Extinction Rebellion, Russia
Angelina Davydova, Bureau of Environmental Information, Russia