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Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History

Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History

Edited by: D. Moon, N. Breyfogle, A. Bekasova.

White Horse Press, 2021.

How Should History of Technology Be Written? Some Lessons from an Ongoing Research Project on the Global History of Nuclear Energy

Lindström K., Gutting A., Högselius P. et al.

Technikgeschichte. 2021. Vol. 88. No. 2. P. 185-190.

Book chapter
Spells of Materialist Magic, or Soviet Children and Electric Power

Chunikhin K.

In bk.: The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children. University of Toronto Press, 2021. P. 265-298.

More about the Laboratory

For the concept of the Laboratory, it is extremely important to jointly develop two areas - environmental and technological history. Through the development of these studies, historians are actively involved in a productive interdisciplinary dialogue with economists, sociologists, ecologists, geographers, and engineers.

December 17th at 17:00 (Moscow Time) 
Format: hybrid 
Working language: English 
Address: Kanal Griboedova Emb., 123, Room 201
December 17, 2021
On March 26, at the regular seminar of the Laboratory, a presentation of the collective volume “Place and Nature: an Essay on the Ecological History of Russia” took place, in the creation of which the members of the Laboratory took part.
April 15, 2021
26 March 2021, 18:00 at the seminar of the Laboratory for the Environmental and Technological History (St. Petersburg School of Arts and Humanities HSE SPb)  – the presentation of the recently published book: Moon, David, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, and Alexandra Bekasova, eds. Place and Nature: Essays in Russian Environmental History. Winwick, Cambridgeshire: The White Horse Press, 2021.Presenters: Alexandra Bekasova, Nicholas B. Breyfogle, Ekaterina Kalemeneva, Elena Kochetkova, Julia Lajus, David Moon and other authors. This collective monograph is one of the results of a networking project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (UK) carried out in 2013-2016, in which many researchers of the Laboratory participated. The project team carried out several research trips to different parts of Russia that are important for studying the history of the relationship between people and nature: the Solovetsky Islands, Lake Baikal, the Perm region and the Urals.
March 18, 2021
On February 13, the head of the Laboratory, Julia Lajus, will give a presentation "Solovki Islands. History of Envrionment and Heritage" at the international seminar "Managing Cultural and Natural Resources in Russian Museum-Reserves," organized by Higher School of Economics university and Humboldt University of Berlin.
February 12, 2021
Center for Historical Research (HSE St. Petersburg) and Laboratory for Historical Geography and Regionalistics (UTMN, Tyumen) invites applications for the international online conference "Global history of the Arctic: trans-border networks, alternative spatialities and scale shifting" on May 20–21, 2021.
January 15, 2021
On December 18 at 18:00, Charlotte Wrigley, an international postdoc of the Laboratory, will give a presentation "A Discontinuous Earth: Life, Extinction and Permafrost in the Russian Far-East" at the Laboratory seminar.
December 16, 2020
On November 20, the Laboratory members took part in the III International Scientific Conference, organized by the Russian State University for the Humanities "Human and Nature: the History of Interaction (Environmental History)". Lajus Julia, Anna Agafonova and Dadykina Margarita made their reports.
November 28, 2020
On October 26 - 30, 2020, Laboratory fellows took part in the XLI International Annual Scientific Conference of the Institute of the History of Natural Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences "Scientist and the Epoch: To the 170th Anniversary of the Birth of N. I. Kareev and S. V. Kovalevskaya"
November 06, 2020
Mikhail Vsemirnov, a graduate of this year's History study program at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, recently published a preprint based on his graduation thesis. The text is published on the website of the preprints of the program of fundamental research (link: https://wp.hse.ru/prepfr_Humanities), and everyone can, if desired, familiarize themselves with the work.
October 30, 2020
This year our research-assistants who for several years were involved in the projects of Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History were enrolled in leading European universities to continue their education.
July 07, 2020
The Higher School of Economics Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History of the Center for Historical Research in St. Petersburg, Russia, invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of environmental and technological history. We are particularly interested in applications on either of these aspects: history of natural resources, including history of scientific expertise; history of technological innovations and urban mobility; industrial and natural heritage. The application can focus on the crossroads of all three themes. We invite scholars with a strong record who employ interdisciplinary approaches and are capable of publishing in peer-reviewed academic journals.
February 04, 2020
On January 18, 2019, the round table “Economic Cooperation between CMEA Countries: Motives, Resources and Challenges of the Cold War” was held at the Laboratory of Environmental and Technological History of the Center for Historical Research and was dedicated to the history of integration and cooperation of CMEA countries.
January 16, 2020
On December 16th and 17th, the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History and the History Department hosted the symposium titled "​Cold War Matters: (In)Visible Economies of Things." The goal of the symposium was to look at the Cold War from a different angle, one that differed from politics and military. Instead the focus of the symposium was to look at the Cold War through consumer culture, art, science, industry, and the exchange of these things across the permeable Iron Curtain.
December 29, 2019
The second day of the international symposium Cold War matters: The (In) Visible Economies of Things, organized by the Laboratory of Environmental and Technological History, ended with a lecture by Russian-American cultural historian and anthropologist Sergei Alexandrovich Ushakin. Currently, he is an employee of the Department of Slavic Languages ​​and Literature at Princeton University. His professional interests include family and gender identity, the consequences of cultural trauma and the collective memory of the Soviet past.
December 29, 2019
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