Danube Summer School 2017

The third and final part of the Danube School Series 2017 took place in two beautiful locations in southern Germany: Illertissen & Ulm/Neu-Ulm. During our first days we stayed at the Seminar Centre of the Universities of Applied Sciences Neu-Ulm and had our lectures and workshops in the old and dignified Vöhlin Castle in Illertissen. After all our participants and already some lecturers from Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Hungary, Italy and Czech Republic have arrived safely we started with some delicious regional Swabian food, introductive intercultural group activities and an official introduction to the field of EUSDR and our main focus during the week,  “Danube Cities & Citizens”.  We were very happy to welcome again some participants who have already joined one of our previous summer schools in 2015 or 2016 and have started their own NGOs now in cities like Russe or Novi Sad with the knowledge and inspiration they gained during the summer school, and also to welcome participants whom we met in one of the previous Summer Schools this year in Budapest or Novi Sad.

Within the next days professors and lecturers from Universities of Tübingen, Neu-Ulm, Novi Sad, Budapest and Agder gave high quality speeches about certain topics, e.g. about the “History of (Re-)Migration, Flight, and Expulsion in the Danube Region”, the “Hungarian trademark: the moral panic button”,  “The experimentalist governance of the EUSDR: What role for the cities”, “Identity in the Danube region” or about the concept of “smart cities”. After the lectures all participants had to form small groups and start working on own project ideas for Danube Cities and Citizens for promoting and developing the region. Our program was complemented by some extra activities, like a simulation game workshop and a truly amazing and super funny intercultural night where we learned so much about our different countries, regions and customs and also could taste a bit of regional cuisine.

After these full, inspiring and very successful days with fruitful discussions in Illertissen we moved to the city of Ulm and had a quick check in at our hotel before we started a guided city tour through the old city of Ulm. The next days in Ulm were characterized by high quality plenum discussions, meetings with high ranking local, regional international and politicians and intensive discussions and presentations. On our first day in Ulm we were welcomed by the Lord Mayors of Ulm (Mr. Czisch), the Lord Mayor of Novi Sad (Mr. Vučević), Dr. Weber from the foundation “Baden-Württemberg Stiftung”, again one of our great sponsors of the Danube Series 2017, as well as from State Secretary Ms. Schopper, the Vize-President German Federation of Expellees Mr. Knauer and some members of the City Council of Ulm, e.g. Dr. Kienle.

After the break Prof Dr. Johler from the University of Tübingen delivered an inspiring speech from an anthropological and cultural perspective about the “Future of the Danube Region. Commonalities and Differences in the Danube Region as unifying opportunities”, which was followed by an impressive plenum discussion, where Prof. Dr. Johler, Prof. Dr. Ivana Živančević Sekeruš from the university of Novi Sad, Mr. Knauer and Dr. Kienle (CDU) discussed about the issues of migration in the Danube region.

After this long but really inspiring morning we had another ambitious program for the afternoon: A visit at ScanPlus, an “IT-Business made in Germany”, where we got a deep insight on our tour through the data processing centre which was followed by a presentation from Prof. Jens Döring.

Friday was already the last day of our summer school and was filled with presentations of all projects ideas the participants had worked on in intercultural and interdisciplinary teams. At the Danube Office Ulm/Neu-Ulm the “Donaubüro”, we could hear really inspiring and innovative presentations from project ideas, like the idea of a photo competition for high school students, the “Pills for souvenirs” project about recycling medical waste, a project about borderless cooperation and trading in the Danube region, an e-learning project combined with Danube Days along the river, a project about saving forest along the Danube river, The “Danube Radar Project”.

After a final delicious lunch in the city we had to say goodbye – everybody with a lots of new ideas, perspectives and thoughts in their minds, with new contacts and friends along the Danube River and with a lot of energy and idea for projects for the upcoming months. As some organisers from the School in Novi Sad (Dr. Ivana Živančević Sekeruš and Aleksandar M. Gajić) and Budapest (Dr. des Melani Barlai) also took part in our summer school with great lectures and valuable inputs we took the change for a preparation meeting with them for the year 2018 with new contents, ideas and also new potential partners in Bulgaria. For 2018 we will apply again for considerable funding at the program “Perspektive Donau: Bildung, Kultur und Zivilgesellschaft” (Perspective Danube: education, culture and civil society) of the Baden-Wurttemberg foundation and hope we will receive financial support for our future ideas and cooperation projects with our great and trustful partners in the Danube Region. For 2017 we thank all our sponsors and funders like the Baden-Wuerttemberg Foundation, Wilhelm Mayer Nutzfahrzeuge, Wieland, Sparkasse Ulm, Scanplus, City of Ulm, Ratskeller Ulm and Gold Ochsen. A huge thanks to all our guests, lecturers and participants for your inspiration, openness and knowledge and last but not least also thanks to the Organization Team Prof. Mayer, Paul F. Langer, Tanja Reißer & Charlotte Meyer zu Bexten.

The Danube Summer School 2017 in Ulm/Neu-Ulm is organised in close cooperation with the Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, the Department for Historical and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen.

The Institute

The Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft is the Department for Historical and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Tübingen and enjoys a high degree of name recognition, nationally, internationally, and within the university and the local area. The name of the Institute has been well known since the early postwar era and in the last four decades, the distinctive name of the discipline has also become a trademark. The “LUI” and its field of “EKW” as it is understood here together represent a modernization of the field of Volkskunde (Folklore Studies), an opening-up of the discipline, and an international orientation that is unique within Germany and a model for other institutions.

The Ludwig Uhland Institute is located in the middle of the university town of Tübingen: the Institute’s offices are housed in two buildings in the Tübingen Castle complex. Lectures are generally held in the university’s main building. The Institute has important collections encompassing texts, pictures, photographs, audio and video recordings, and objects, which are used in teaching and research.


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