Managing Land, Soil and People: Environmental Knowledge and Expertise in Tsarist and Soviet Russia

Managing Land, Soil and People: Environmental Knowledge and Expertise in Tsarist and Soviet Russia

Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau, SFB "Bedrohte Ordnungen" Universität Tübingen
Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau
Russian Federation
Vom - Bis
14.03.2014 - 15.03.2014
Katja Bruisch

Workshop at the GHI Moscow in Cooperation with the Collaborative Research Centre 923 “Threatened Orders” of the University of Tuebingen



10:00 Opening Address
Katja Bruisch, Klaus Gestwa

10:30 Keynote Lecture
Frank Uekötter: Green Revolution Dreams

12:00 – 13:30 Panel I: Resource Management as a Matter of Public Interest: Institutions and Hierarchies of Expertise

Marina Loskutova: Forest Management in the Russian Empire in the 1800s‑1860s: The Making of a Professional Community

Olga Elina: „Modernization from below“: Agricultural Societes, Zemstvos and the Institutionalization of Scientific Agronomy (Mid 19th – Early 20th Century)

Julia Lajus: Experts on Unknown Waters: Construction of Marine Fish Resources and the Destiny of Local Fishing Communities in the Russian North, 1895 – 1935

14:30 – 16:00 Panel II: Agriculture and the Quest for Rural Transformation

Ian Campbell: Between Resistance and Expropriation: Land Norms, Statistical Expertise and the Ambiguities of Late-Tsarist Resettlement

David Darrow: The Moral Economy of Revolution and Civil War: Land Norms after 1917

Sarah Cameron: Transforming the ‘Hungry Steppe’: Agriculture and Pastoral Nomadism in Soviet Kazakhstan, 1925-1928

16:30 – 18:00 Panel III: Scenarios of Environmental Decline: Knowledge Production and Preventive Measures

Anastasia Fedotova: Insect Pests, Crop Failures and the First Steps of the Agricultural Entomology in South Russia

Lutz Häfner: “Robber Economy“? Agricultural and Environmental Knowledge and its Transfer to the Peasantry in Late Imperial Russia

Laurent Coumel: A Renewal of Environmental Expertise on Land and Water Management in Soviet Russia: Attempts for a ‘Complex Use’ of Rivers and Lakes at the Beginning of the 1960s


10:00 – 11:30 Panel IV: Challenges from the Periphery: Universal Claims and Local Constraints

Christian Teichmann: Bitter Lives, Bitter Choices: Irrigation Engineers in Central Asia, 1900-1950

Marc Elie: Agricultural Experts in the Virgin Land Campaign (1954-1963)

Valentina Roxo: Industrializing the Taiga: West Siberian Petroleum Science, Nature and People (1963-1990)

12:00 – 13:30 Panel V: Expertise on Display: Strategies of
Communication and Legitimization

Stephen Brain: In Single File: Russian Railroads and the Russian Army as Environmental Protection Agencies, 1858-1917

Alexander Ananyev: Spatial Representations of Modernist Projects to
Conquer, Explore and Transform the Far North and the Arctic in Exhibitions from 1935 to 1941

Julia Obertreis: Between Propaganda and Scientific-Technical Expertise: “Infrastructural Poetry” and Irrigation Management in Central Asia, 1950s to 1980s

14:30 – 15:30 Round Table Discussion
Katja Bruisch, Klaus Gestwa, Stephan Merl, Frank Uekötter


Katja Bruisch

Nakhimovskii Prospekt 51-21, Moskau

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