- This event has passed.
Carolina Seminar: Russia and its Empires, East and West
October 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dr. Corey Johnson (UNC-Greensboro) will present on “Inextricable Networks: Building an Integrated Gas Infrastructure between Europe and Russia.”
‣ Paper abstract
Amid more intense scrutiny of Europe’s “dependence” on Russian natural gas, in this paper I examine the evolution of the transnational, long-distance network of infrastructure tying Russia’s hydrocarbons to Europe’s consumers. The paper asks how the requirements of industrializing, urbanizing Europe resulted over time in the creation of a geographically expanding network of infrastructure to provide especially urban spaces with energy, and how (Russian) natural gas became a key constituent part of the energy equation as the spatial scale of energy provision increased. It challenges the statist, territorially-bounded analysis that characterizes much of the contemporary discussion of the topic.
‣ About the speaker
Corey Johnson is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Corey’s research and teaching areas include the political geography of Europe and Eurasia, borders and border security, natural resources and energy geopolitics, and Germany.