Toward an Environmental History of Rivers in Eastern Europe

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REFRESH Seminar Series at the Center for Economic and Social History

Viktor Pál, University of Ostrava

May 15th, 2024. Wednesday, 15.00-16.30
Room DM528, Reálni 5, Ostrava, Faculty of Arts


What is a "river"? Is it the waterflow in the riverbed? The complex network of the tributaries? The catchment area, including the entire complexity of the watershed? Is a river a natural phenomenon or a social-technological construction? Is it a hybrid space created through the interaction of humans and the more-than-human? Who, how, and why shaped rivers in the past? Whose voice mattered? The scientists? The politicians? The local communities? The activists? This talk will ask a series of puzzling questions about rivers and their histories, with the aim of mapping out the state-of-the-art in river history globally, with particular relevance to Eastern Europe, in order to find out how to and how not to write a river history.

Viktor Pál (PhD, 2015; Associate Professor, 2021)

is a Research Lead at the University of Ostrava. Pál has published scientific articles in leading journals, such as Environmental History, Environment and History, Global Environment, Journal of Contemporary History and others, as well as produced edited volumes with Routledge and the White Horse Press. Pál is also the author of Technology and the Environment in State-Socialist Hungary (Palgrave, 2017).

Organized by the Department of History and Centre for Economic and Social History


This event has been produced with the financial support of the European Union under the REFRESH – Research Excellence For REgion Sustainability and High-tech Industries (project numberCZ.10.03.01/00/22_003/0000048) via the Operational Programme Just Transition.


Zveřejněno / aktualizováno: 07. 05. 2024