Global awareness about the potential effects of climate change on the environment has grown recently. It has caused debates about the level of responsibility of humans, enterprises, and states.
Many governments and companies have already declared commitments to net zero emissions targets in the nearest future. Economies globally will thus need to be powered by electricity, which will be primarily generated from renewable energy sources. The apparently inevitable energy transition will contain both challenges and opportunities for humans and nations all over the world.
The series of public lectures "Energy Transition: Challenges and Opportunities" is designed to discuss some of the aspects of energy transition — global responses to it and its consequences for the Russian state, society, businesses, and major energy companies.
"Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples in Western Siberia: Between Dialogue and Conflict"
Dr. Nikolai Vakhtin (Center for Arctic Social Studies, European University at St. Petersburg)
Dr. Stephan Dudeck (Researcher at the Foundation for Siberian Cultures, Fürstenberg/Havel, Germany; Associated Researcher at Russia Anthropology Research Team, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland; Associated Researcher at Centre of Arctic and Siberian Exploration, Sociological Institute of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Date: November 26, 2021
Time: 19:00 - 20:30 (MSK)
Venue: Vladimir Mayakovsky Public Library, 44 Fontanka River embankment
The majority of Russia’s oil and gas is produced in the Western Siberian plain. At the same time the region is home to diverse reindeer herding, fishing and hunting cultures of the Khanty, Mansi, Nenets, and Selkup Indigenous Peoples. Since the 1970ies extractive industries occupied vast territories, developed large cities and infrastructure. The lecture will concentrate on the consequences for local people, who suffered the most from the loss of territories, the destruction of the ecosystems, and pressure of cultural assimilation but also benefited from economic development and managed to defend their right to resources and distinctive cultures. We will also look into the history of interaction with colonial forces and forms of resistance and self-determination in local communities.
The lecture will be held in English.
Please register to attend the "offline" lecture in the Mayakovsky Public Library (Fontanka river emb., 44)