Call for papers: «Underground Space: Development, Exploration, Secondary Use»

Historical-Architectural Museum-Reserve “Popov’s Country Seat”, Ya.Novytskyi Zaporizhia Scientific Society and Historical Department of Zaporizhia National University are pleased to announce a two-day conference in environmental history of underground space.

Today the question of the underground space development is quite relevant, but for the most part it is the focus of urban planners and architects who are involved in the elaboration of the projects and recommendations for the growth of cities deep down. The reasons for inventing more and more new technologies are increasing of number and density of population, acceleration of the urbanization processes, forming of megalopolicies etc. In the majority of developed countries research centers are being established, scientific conferences are being hold, which allow to invent new approaches to the space usage. However, the development of the underground space is not necessarily related to the cities. Taking everything into account, the organizers offer to pay attention to the various approaches to the development and exploration of the underground space in the country and city, mountains and steppes, Ukraine and the whole world in different epochs.

The interaction of human and the underground was arisen in the ancient times when mainly the question of domestic use of the underground space was considering. The main attention will be focus on the historical retrospective of the development and exploration of the underground space at the conference. Why did people pay attention to the underground? What were the reasons for the usage of the underground space? Did people use natural hollows or create it themselves? Whether were the functions of the underground changed? How did people influence on the underground space? Did they damage the natural environment or find the compromise with it? In what way the knowledge of the underground was developing?

Further details are available in the full call for papers below.


Report on Environmental History Conference, Elabuga Institute, Kazan’ Federal University, Russia, November, 2014

By Andrei Vinogradov, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Dept of History, Elabuga Institute, Kazan’ Federal University, Russia. Translated by David Moon. Originally published in Russian Environmental History Network.

From 13 to 15 November 2014, the Elabuga Institute of Kazan’ Federal University (KFU) hosted an international conference entitled: “Environmental History in Russia: Stages of Development and Promising Research Directions.” Environmental history, which is a fairly new direction in Russian historiography, analyzes the interrelationship between humans and nature over the preceding historical periods. The conference was organized by KFU with support from the European Society for Environmental History. As a result of the growing interest in academic circles in the theme of the conference, it attracted a wide range of specialists from France, Germany, Great Britain, Ukraine and the USA as well as a number of Russian cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Surgut and others. The keynote speakers were David Moon, a professor of history at the University of York in Great Britain and the leader of an international network on Russian environmental history, and Stephen Brain, a professor in the History Dept at Mississippi State University in the USA.


Call for Papers: «The Environmental history of Siberian North: Promising Research Directions»

15-16 October 2015  on base Surgut State Pedagogical University will be organized scientific seminar «The Environmental history of Siberian North: Promising Research Directions».

Environmental historians from USA and Europe note that Russia is great country with unique natural conditions. Russia is as interesting for environmental historians as unknown. Such statements can be truthful for Siberian North.  The North of Siberia is a region which was develop in very short time. This developing started from particularly development where only need control size of resources extract to total industrial developing with necessary environmental protection.  This factors made this region interesting for historical-ecology researches not only in theoretical but in practical fields.

The main goal of scientific seminar is discussed research’s results environmental history of Siberian North, his theoretical and methodological aspects of environmental history as self-contained ways of researches.

Further details are available in the full call for papers below.