The Danube, Europe’s second largest river, directly connects ten countries; its watershed covers four more. Yet the river, like much of the region it traverses, has attracted surprisingly little scholarly attention, and what exists too often privileges single disciplinary or national perspectives.
We instead see the river as both boundary and border, fluidly connecting multiple nations, and cultural and economic spaces, through legal and illegal flow. It intersects civilizations and nature, physical and imaginary spaces and invites an array of critical approaches.
The Colgate University-hosted “The Black and Blue Danube” symposium will bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary approaches and across regional fields of study, including Russian & Eurasian Studies, German Studies, Art & Art History, Film & Media Studies, Geography, History, Anthropology, and Political Science.