Rivers and History, and Rivers of History

Presented by the Global Studies Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:30-6pm
Room 602 (Humanities Center) in the Cathedral of Learning

The lecture will examine several examples of the very important but changing roles of rivers in history (the small Akerselva of Norway, the Derwent of England, the Indus, and the Huang He of China). Based on these cases, Tvedt will discuss modernization theories that dominated international discourse on development after World War II—theories that disregarded the role of water in historical developments.

Terje Tvedt is Professor in History and in Political Science, Department of Geography, University of Bergen. He is the author of numerous books and documentaries, including Water and Society: Changing Perspectives of Societal and Historical Development (I.B. Tauris, 2016), and A Journey in the Future of Water (3 episodes, TV2 and Panopticon, 2007). He has also published extensively on the Nile River, and is the editor of the nine-volume series A History of Water (2006-2016).