Seminarreihe des Arbeitsbereichs Ökonomie am IOS
Zeit: Dienstag, 13.30–15.00 Uhr
Ort: Leibniz-Institut für Ost-und Südosteuropaforschung (IOS); vorerst online via Zoom, Link wird mit den Einladungen verschickt!
Forschungslabor: „Geschichte und Sozialanthropologie Südost‐ und Osteuropas“
Zeit: Donnerstag, 14–16 Uhr (Lehrstuhl) oder 16–18 Uhr (Graduiertenschule und Leibniz-WissenschaftsCampus)
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 017)
Contested Waterway. Governance and Ecology on the Lower Danube, 1800–2018
Project leader: Luminita Gatejel
Project duration: 2020–2023
In cooperation with: Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) in Leipzig; Center for Advanced Study Sofia; New Europe College Bukarest; Central European University in Budapest; Slovenian and Romanian Academys of Science
Funding: Leibniz Association
This project examines the impact of two centuries of human intervention in the riparian space of the Lower Danube, contextualizing its present ecological degradation. The proposed network coordinated by the IOS and the GWZO brings together cooperation partners from the region (Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia) and additional international scholars to create an interdisciplinary team to analyze the complex relationship between governance and the environment. Over the course of 200 years, the Danube was subject to different legal and administrative regimes influenced by empires, international organizations, nation states, state socialism and the European Union. Each regime shaped the river’s environment, often clashing with local communities and the river itself. Drawing on the concepts of “governmentality” and “eco-governance,” the project analyzes the multilayered, often contested histories of remaking the Lower Danube through four dimensions: 1) international law and international organizations, 2) economic exploitation, 3) infrastructural transformation and its social consequences 4) current environmental programs. Academically, the project will contribute to ongoing debates about the history of environmental degradation, governance, Europeanization, river management practices and economic development. The practical impact will be the transfer of knowledge to local communities and government agencies.