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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.

WORKSHOP PROGRAM // Shifty Muds. Land, Water and Life in a ‘Patchy Anthropocene’ – 8-10 June 2023, Bucharest, Romania

Convenors: Ștefan Dorondel, Adrian Deoancă and Stelu ȘerbanOrganizing institutions: Romanian Academy: ‘Francisc I. Rainer’ Institute of Anthropology; The Institute for Southeast European Studies; New Europe College Institute for Advanced Studies Bucharest Venue: New Europe College Institute for Advanced Studies Bucharest, Strada Plantelor no. 21, Bucharest, 023971

Call for Papers: Shifty Muds Land, Water, and Life in a “Patchy Anthropocene”, 8-10 June 2023

Convenors: Ștefan Dorondel, Adrian Deoancă and Stelu ȘerbanInstitutions: Francisc I. Rainer Institute of Anthropology Bucharest, The Institute for Southeast European Studies Bucharest, New Europe College. Institute for Advanced Studies Bucharest This workshop takes mud as a capacious metaphor for all those soggy, dynamicand ambiguous wetland environments – freshwater islands, banks, floodplains, marshes, swamps, bogs, and…

The Danube at Corabia (Olt). Photo essay by Ovidiu Petrita

We continue the guest post series where we invite locals to share their own understanding of the Danube. The following photos and comments are signed by Ovidiu Petrita, a wildlife photographer from Corabia, Olt county. Ovidiu’s snapshots and stories show us the islands of Băloi and Chirța in the vicinity of the city, the animals…