Modern Rivers of Eurasia: Potential, Control, Change

February 23, 2018 (All day) to February 24, 2018 (All day)



The rivers of Eurasia intersect vast regions, sustain diverse communities, and inform social identities. Freshwater channels embody concerns about governance and environment that frequently are transnational in scale. Modern Rivers of Eurasia will explore how human efforts to control and exploit the various potentials of these waterways reflect economic, political, and cultural histories that continue to shape local relationships of aquatic and anthropoid life.
Symposium participants will address cross-cutting issues facing modern river management, including problems in security, agricultural development, industrialization, desertification, navigation, and regional interconnections. This emphasis on common challenges will promote a broad discussion about water-society relationships within local and globalizing contexts of the modern world.


Rivers and History, and Rivers of History
Keynote lecture by Terje Tvedt (University of Bergen)
Presented by the Global Studies Center
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 4:30-6pm

What’s in a River? Teaching River Studies in Eurasian and Global Contexts
A roundtable discussion
Ruth Mostern (University of Pittsburgh) and Abigail Owen (Carnegie Mellon University)
Friday, February 23, 2018, 9:30-11am

Living on the Margins—Burlaki Culture and Identity on the Volga River
Keynote lecture by Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Eastern Washington University)
Friday, February 23, 2018, 4:00-5:30pm

Symposium Discussants’ Roundtable
Nicholas Breyfogle (Ohio State University), Terje Tvedt (University of Bergen), and Dorothy Zeisler-Vralsted (Eastern Washington University)
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 3:45-5:45pm

Workshop sessions at Modern Rivers of Eurasia will involve discussion and critique of pre-circulated scholarly papers. Participants in the workshop will include symposium presenters, and any university faculty or graduate students who register and read the papers. To register, or for more information, contact Patryk Reid 


Location and Address

The Humanities Center , Room 602 Catherdral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh