What is the role of the Lower Danubian islands in the modern and contemporary history of riparian communities and states of Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine? This interdisciplinary project tells the intricate history of these ecosystems and human societies at the crossroads of environmental history and multispecies anthropology.
Three years (2021-2023) project financed by UEFISCDI through PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2020-1238 and hosted by the ‘Francisc I. Rainer’ Institute of Anthropology. PI Dr Stefan Dorondel.
Srebarna, a village close to Silistra town, shelters a natural park, one of the “nature’s havens on the Danube” (Sevcsik 2014). A kingdom of lakes, backwaters, animals, birds and an endless cover of reed and forests. Although there has been an attempt of the socialist Bulgarian government to drain the area for reclaiming agricultural landContinue reading “Reigning Danube: Forests, islands, birds and people”
Corabia is a small harbour town on the left bank of the Danube River, between 628-636 km (Olt County, Romania). Even if the founding act of Corabia is quite recent (1881) and the component settlements have been certified starting with the 16th century, traces of living in these lands go back to ancient times asContinue reading “How Earth Observation from space supports island dynamics analysis”
On a rainy Sunday of last month, the three of us – Ștefan, Stelu and I – packed our bags in a little Fiat and off we went to meet some islands. Our destination: the area between the river Olt and Cetate village (Dolj county). Later on, Gabriela, our geographer colleague joined us. For theContinue reading “Notes from the fieldwork: from Islaz to Calafat”