12th Annual Conference of the Graduate Organization for the Study of Europe and Central Asia, University of Pittsburgh

Country: USA

City: Pittsburgh

Abstr. due: 05.12.2014

Dates: 20.02.15 — 22.02.15

Area Of Sciences: Geography;

Organizing comittee e-mail: info.goseca@gmail.com.

Organizers: University of Pittsburgh


While geographic features in and of themselves are more or less constant, the human values attached to space are in constant flux.  In the 20th century, geography has revealed itself to be anything but a static science - instead it can be used to chart the ebb and flow of broadly shared (or contradictory) cultural values and of international relations themselves.  As well as undergoing considerable border changes in the 20th century, both Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union have also been the subjects of scrutiny in geographical discourses emanating from both Western Europe and Russia.  How a country or region is characterized geographically can have a powerful impact on its relations with its neighbors and with states further afield.  Perceptions of belonging to a specific region can even influence the way that a given country's population perceives itself.  Senses of historical belonging or separation between different regions can be interpreted quite differently and simultaneously have a powerful impact on public opinion and state policy.

Conference Web-Site: http://goseca.ucis.pitt.edu/