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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.

Doing environmental anthropology field research in Southeast Europe. Looking at the nearness of remoteness

Fieldwork on and about Danube’s islands along the Romanian-Bulgarian border gives you a strange feeling. The islands seem to be unwanted gifts, at least for the authorities on both sides responsible for administering the Danube waters. Partly they are newly emerged territories as a result of the dynamics of a still-powerful river, albeit one thatContinue reading “Doing environmental anthropology field research in Southeast Europe. Looking at the nearness of remoteness”

 Insulele Dunării pe hărți: o călătorie în timp și spațiu

Pe 11 noiembrie 2021, ora 18.00, la invitatia Muzeului National al Hartilor si Cartii Vechi vom sustine conferință online pentru publicul larg – Insulele Dunării pe hărți: o călătorie în timp și spațiu. Conferinta e susținuta de colegele noastre Alexandra Ion și Gabriela Ioana-Toroimac. Insulele dunărene sunt actori ai istoriei cu biografii dinamice – intră șiContinue reading ” Insulele Dunării pe hărți: o călătorie în timp și spațiu”

Ruins in the archives

 “What’s old collapses, times change, And new life blossoms in the ruins” (Friedrich Schiller). Detail of Ada Kaleh island citadel wall, 1969. Photograph from the Institutul National al Patrimoniului Archive (Simian archive).  /// Ruine in arhive “Ce e vechi se prabuseste, timpurile se schimba, si viata noua infloreste dintre ruine” (Friedrich Schiller). Detaliu al zidului cetatii dinContinue reading “Ruins in the archives”

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