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Corey Johnson, “Mobile Energy and Obdurate Infrastructure: Distant Carbon and the Making of Modern Europe”
October 22, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
This lecture is presented as part of the Carolina Seminar Series “Russia and Its Empires, East and West.”
Corey Johnson is an associate professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Johnson’s research and teaching areas include the political geography of Europe and Eurasia, borders and border security, natural resources, energy geopolitics and Germany.
Amid more intense scrutiny of Europe’s “dependence” on Russian natural gas, Johnson examines the evolution of the transnational, long-distance network of infrastructure tying Russia’s hydrocarbons to Europe’s consumers. He 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.