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.
Stefan Dorondel and Stelu Serban started the fieldwork in the project. Their first two stops: Insula Cailor (Island of the Horses) near Galați and Cotul Pisicii (Grindu) village, Tulcea county. What is the role of these landmarks in the life of communities? How does their dynamic geomorphology affect humans and non-humans alike? At Cotul PisiciiContinue reading “Dynamic islands: fieldwork in the Galați area”
This post is the first in a series – Notes on Ada Kaleh– where we share ongoing research on the Ada Kaleh island. The aim is to present fragments of its history, and to bring the non-specialist public behind the scenes of research work. These posts will show our work in progress, and how itContinue reading “Unpacking an island. Ada Kaleh and its plants”
Islands indicate a river’s pattern. They are large or small, streamlined or irregular, formed through the deposition of sediments or covered in vegetation. Through their features, islands are indicators for a river’s flow variability, as well as for the power and competence of transporting the sediment load. Rivers with islands also have a higher varietyContinue reading “Islands in the Anthropocene”