THIS OCTOBER IN SIBERIAN STUDIES
AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY


Wednesday, October 24: Screening of “Happy People: a Year in Taiga” (2010)
Psychology Building 100
4:30-6:30
IU Themester “Animal/Human” and RSW co-sponsoring.

Thursday, October 25:  Bathsheba Demuth, Assistant Professor of History at Brown University giving a talk “Producing the Ideological Reindeer: Capitalists and Communists on the Bering Strait Tundra, 1890-1980.”
GA3067
4:30-6:00
IU Themester “Animal/Human” and RSW co-sponsoring.
"At the Bering Strait, where Russia and the United States almost meet, the two continents share a common ecology: dark, cold winters and summers too short to support conventional agriculture. It is a challenging place to establish modern infrastructure and economic practices. But between 1890 and 1980, the governments on both sides of the Straits attempted to make the land and indigenous peoples of this arctic and sub-arctic tundra part of modern productive culture by farming domestic reindeer. The attempt split after 1917 between split between capitalist and communist ways of organizing animals, people, and land, turning the Bering Strait tundra into a comparative experiment. Did it matter if a reindeer was socialist, or capitalist? What can we learn about both economic and social systems by examining their relationship with arctic space, species, and peoples?"