Land Use in the Russian Eastern Borderlands

Land Use in the Russian Eastern Borderlands

20.05.2021 Online Workshop //

Social scholars are increasingly using remote sensing methods in their research. However, quantitative tradition and methodological foundations of remote sensing seem to contradict the paradigm of ethnographic immersion to which anthropologists who study changes in cultural landscapes are committed. Our seminar will bring together representatives of different disciplines to discuss how a mixture of purely quantitative (remote sensing) and exclusively qualitative (ethnographic and archival) methods enables scholars to explain cultural landscape changes profoundly. Finding a methodological lingua franca will be facilitated by common research focus on land use in the Russian Far East, the region which remains a black spot on the scientific map.

Conference Programm:

Norio Horie, “Chinese Land Deals and Migration in the Russian Far East: Positionality Changes in the Borderlands.” (University of Toyama)

The author examines multiple stances of stakeholders that constitute various perceptions on Sino-Russian relations in two resource hinterlands of the Russian Far East: the Amur Oblast and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast and suggests that there is little evidence to show conflicts of interest between local residents and Chinese farmers.

Norio Horie, Naoya Wada and Shishir Sharmin, “Agricultural Land Use in the Russian Eastern Borderlands: Evidence based on Remote Sensing Data.”

Naoya Wada, “Long-Time Interval Satellite Image Analysis on Forest-Cover Changes and Disturbances around Protected Area, Zeya State Nature Reserve, in the Russian Far East.”

Sergey Ivanov, “Rush for cash crops in Primorye: dynamic of corporate farming and state policies.” Palacky University Olomouc

The report will discuss current changes in policies and practices for allocating land to cultivate grains (primarily soybeans) in the Russian Far East. The author will mainly focus on the Chinese capital’s role in investing in agriculture in the region. 

Natalia Ryzhova: “Feral and cultivated (soy)beans on Amur: changes in historical and contemporary landscapes.” Palacky University Olomouc

The author will discuss how Soviet agronomists managed to rapidly expand soybean crops and the role of wild beans in this expansion. She will present a comparative analysis of statistics on historical (the 1930s, 1950s) and modern soybean production areal on the Amur. She will also present some hypotheses for a comparative project using multidisciplinary data and methods (namely, remote sensing, historical data analysis, and ethnography). 

Olaf Günther:  “Kolivan Stone – a multiperspective Ethnography of stone.”  (University of Leipzig)

The author will present a multidisciplinary study of landscape change on Altay in the stone mining region, using remote sensing & ethnography.

Kirill Bazarov: Land use in transboundary Khanka Lake Basin using Remote Sensing Data. (Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Science)

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