Symposium Schedule

Thursday — February 22, 2018

4:30-6pm — Keynote Lecture
Rivers and History, and Rivers of History
by Terje Tvedt (University of Bergen)


Friday — February 23, 2018

9:30-11am • Session 1 • Opening Roundtable on Teaching
What’s in a River? Teaching River Studies in Eurasian and Global Contexts
Presenters: Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh) and Abigail Owen (Carnegie Mellon University)
Moderator: Joel Tarr (Carnegie Mellon University)

11:20am-12:05pm • Session 2 • Paper Workshop
The Kura River: White Water to White Coal
by Jeff Sahadeo (Carleton University)

1:40-2:25pm •  Session 3 • Paper Workshop
The Techno-politics of Reframing the Rivers of Japan, 1890-1910
by Roderick Wilson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

2:35-3:20pm • Session 4 • Paper Workshop
Soviet Detroit on the Volga River – Or: How Mother Russia Became Modern
by Karl Schlögel (European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

4-5:30pm •  Keynote Lecture
Living on the Margins — Burlaki Culture and Identity on the Volga River
by Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Eastern Washington University)
Moderator: Sean Guillory (University of Pittsburgh)


Saturday • February 24, 2018

9:20-10:05am • Session 5 • Paper Workshop
Making a River Border: Navigating the Frontier of Soviet Economic Life on the Upper Amu Darya
by Patryk Reid (University of Pittsburgh)

10:15-11am • Session 6 • Paper Workshop
Sandified Under the Yellow River: Course Change and Environmental Transformation in the Lankao Region from the Late Qing through the Maoist Era
by Zhifeng Shen (Zhejiang University)

11:10-11:55am • Session 7 • Paper Workshop
A River Unaligned: The Danube in Film and Cold War
by Marijeta Bozovic (Yale University)

1:05-1:50pm •  Session 8 • Paper Workshop
Rivers to the Sea? Eurasian River Diversion Schemes and the Fate of the Aral Sea
by Maya K. Peterson (University of California, Santa Cruz)

2:00-2:45pm • Session 9 • Paper Workshop
Glaciers, Mountains, and Extraction from Soviet to Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan
by Amanda E. Wooden (Bucknell University)

2:55-3:40pm • Session 10 • Paper Workshop
Uncertainty and Flexibility: International Water and Energy Management in Central Asia
by Sarah Hummel (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

4-6pm •  Session 11 • Roundtable Discussion
Symposium Discussants’ Presentations
by Nicholas Breyfogle (The Ohio State University), Terje Tvedt (University of Bergen), and Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Eastern Washington University)



Location: All events for the Modern Rivers of Eurasia symposium are hosted in the University of Pittsburgh’s Humanities Center, Room 602 in the Cathedral of Learning.

Workshop sessions involve discussion of pre-circulated scholarly papers. These sessions are open to any university faculty or graduate students who register and read the papers. To register, or for more information, contact Patryk Reid (