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Virtual: ‘Steppes to Health: How the Climate-Kumys Cure Shaped a New Steppe Imaginary’

April 1, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the Center for Slavic, Eurasion and East European Studies and Maya Peterson, a professor at UC-Santa Cruz, on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. for a presentation on “Steppes to Health: How the Climate-Kumys Cure Shaped a New Steppe Imaginary.” Please use this Zoom link to join.

Peterson’s research stands at the intersection of environmental history and imperial history. She explores the inner workings of empires and how they function by focusing on how the physical environment of an empire might open up new avenues for thinking about modernity and colonial relationships. Peterson received her doctorate from Harvard University in 2011, with a dissertation entitled “Technologies of Rule: Empire, Water, and the Modernization of Central Asia, 1867-1941.”

This talk is part of The Carolina Seminar: Russia and Its Empires, East and West, which is co-sponsored by the Carolina Seminar Program, the UNC Department of History, and the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies. Please note that the participants will give an overview of their projects, but will not read a formal paper. Instead, papers or book chapters will be circulated ahead of time to those who are interested in attending and participating in the discussion. Please contact Dr. Eren Tasar for more information (