This free public talk will be given by Greg Bankoff, University of Hull.
Despite its collapse, the USSR still exerts a defining influence over the way people think and behave. In this talk, Prof. Bankoff looks at the extent to which the legacy of the Soviet Union and the infrequency of major earthquakes combine together to affect attitudes and policies in Kazakhstan today. Specifically, it is shown how the USSR continues to shape how people think about nature and their attitudes towards earthquakes, how it influences the way people behave and respond to emergencies, and the extent to which it continues to affect the development of civil society. This research is based on an interdisciplinary approach that combines the social with the natural sciences, theoretical insights with historical perspectives, to illustrate how each informs the other and why both are essential to making people safer from earthquakes.
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