The paper topic is:

Protesting Destruction: Chapaevsk and the Rise of Provincial Green Politics in Late Soviet Russia


In the late 1980s Russians in the provinces confronted the environmental disasters of their state. This paper zooms in on a particular provincial protest in order to show how Green politics entered the political arena before the collapse. It argues that contrary to most scholarship, people in Russia’s provinces did not see their future as either state socialist or the market capitalist, but theorized novel forms of socialist existence and reform premised on ecological consciousness.

Author: Alexander Herbert, PhD Candidate in History (University of Chicago)

Discussant: Abigail Bratcher, PhD Student in History (University of Chicago)

March 9, 2018

12:00pm-1:20pm in Foster Hall, Room 103

University of Chicago


Light refreshments will be served. You are welcome to bring your lunch.


The paper will be made available on our website under the ‘Papers’ tab.  Password: reeca18ah

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