Geschichte Osteuropas und Südosteuropas




Shaping the Periphery, Enabling Movement. Infrastructure in the Caucasus from the Early 19th Century to the Late Soviet Period

Konferenz, Yerevan, October 3–5, 2023

03.10.2023 – 05.10.2023

Infrastructure has played a crucial role in all empires as a way to access, administrate and control the peripheries, but also to integrate them. By developing infrastructure, the political center promised to supply material goods, security, and knowledge to these regions; at the same time, this infrastructure was also used to project imperial military power. From the local perspective, building infrastructures, such as railroads or transportation routes, was essential to the functioning of a region, because they increased the movement of people and goods and made these flows more efficient.

By examining the development of infrastructure in the greater region of North and South Caucasus, long a border zone between the Russian, Ottoman and Persian empires, we can increase our understanding of regional development, power relations, and intraregional interactions, as well as conflicts, violence, and peace processes.

The conference aims to bring together scholars in the fields of history, geography, economic history, sociology, ethnology, anthropology, environmental history, and historical demography who focus on areas that were under Russian rule or interacted with them. An additional purpose of the conference is to strengthen the connections between Western scholars and their colleagues from the Caucasian countries.

Participation via Zoom:
Meeting-ID: 656 702 5397
Passcode: 2021