Siberia: Infrastructure & Environment
For much of its storied history, Sibir’ has figured in outsiders’ imaginations as a wild landscape to be tamed by humans. From state-driven projects to develop railroads and telecommunication lines to cinematic and literary depictions of powerful rivers, deep mines, and virgin forests, Siberia has in many ways been defined by infrastructure and environment. This interdisciplinary workshop organized by Indiana University focuses on the possibilities, pitfalls, and unfolding legacies of efforts to understand and remake the environment—both built and “natural”— of Siberia. In particular, we seek to bridge the environmental humanities and science and technology studies.
October 5-7, 2018.