A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change
The conference will be held at the German Historical Institute in Moscow, February 16-18, 2012. For more information and links to the complete program, see: http://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de/events_conf_seminars/calendar/2012-02-16/index.html
From the conference description:
“Russia was and remains especially associated with cold. Not only do terms from recent history – like “Cold War” and “thaw” – stand metonymically for Russia and the Soviet Union. The discourses about the Russian cold stem from existential experiences. Due to its geographical location, extreme weather influences reign in Russia. In Russia and the Soviet Union, the cold was a constant cultural challenge, a phenomenon that influenced actions, everyday experiences, and mentalities, and determined both external and self-perceptions.
Focusing on the factor of climate, this conference will discuss and connect new approaches to Russian environmental history. The goal of the conference is to explore the relevance of environmental historical research questions for Russian history on the basis of climatic conditions. Furthermore, the conference will establish a network of colleagues who work on the environmental history of Russia and the Soviet Union.”