Spring Speaker Series: Eurasian Environments, with Dr. Olga Ulturgasheva

Join us on April 29, 2022 at 11 am PT for the virtual Spring Speaker Series, featuring Dr. Olga Ulturgasheva of the University of Manchester and Princeton University.

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Title: “Wildfires, Satellites and Reindeer Shoulder Blades: Readings and Mis-Readings of Environmental Uncertainty in Northeast Siberia”

Abstract: The latest environmental calamities such as extreme wildfires in Siberia, California and Australia highlighted limitations of and hindrances to human capacity for rescue, survival and adaptation to different scales of exposure to technogenic catastrophes and the effects of climate change (see Petryna 2018, 2021; Ghosh 2016; Weston 2017; Neale 2021). The questions of how we understand human limitations to avert risks and hazards, how we take into account the increasing vulnerability of the affected communities and how we comprehend human and non-human feedback to new and emerging forms of ‘normal’ stress importance of the need to recognize urgency of acknowledging that expert knowledge emerges in many forms and that it can be communicated in many ways. The understanding of complex networks of risks and strategies undertaken for risk reduction and amelioration will depend on how they are interpreted and articulated, and by whom.

Bio: Dr. Olga Ulturgasheva is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2022.
Dr. Ulturgasheva’s forthcoming collection is titled, “Risky Futures: Climate, Geopolitics and Local Realities in the Uncertain Circumpolar North” (Berghahn, August 2022), co-edited with Barbara Bodenhorn.

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