Colleen McQuillen (USC), “Mining the Earth: Narratives and Natural Resources in Russia at the Fin de Siècle” (Whitney Humanities Center)

Event time: 
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 4:00pm
Online via Zoom See map
Event description: 
Join us Monday, March 4 at 4 pm (on Zoom*), for the second installment of Eurasian Ecologies Lecture Series. Professor Colleen McQuillen (USC-Dornsife) will present her current book project, Mining the Earth: Narratives and Natural Resources in Russia at the Fin de Siècle, which demonstrates that Russian writers traveling to natural resource extraction zones in the Urals in the 1880s and in Donbas in the 1890s exposed the intertwined scourges of environmental and civilizational decline, which subverted the official rhetoric of progress underpinning the imperial industrial modernization project.
* please email for the Zoom link or register via QR-code. 
About: Eurasian Ecologies Lecture Series Spring 2024 (Theme: Energy, Metabolism, Waste).
This colloquium, hosted by the Yale WHC Working Group Eurasian Ecologies, aims to foster discussion amongst graduate students and scholars working on ecocritical topics with a geographical focus on Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and/or the Caucasus, regions thus far understudied from an ecocritical perspective. Each workshop will include a brief presentation by a scholar on their current research followed by an interactive discussion of the topic and of broader questions related to the intersection of environmental humanities approaches and the field of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Upcoming events: 

  • April 23rd at 4:40 pm: Economy of Waste in the Post-WWII Soviet Union: a Workshop with Nataliia Laas (Jackson School) (HQ 109)
Free but register in advance