Ulm / Neu-Ulm, Germany

Language, Communication and Identity in the Danube Region

when 15 October 2023 - 20 October 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 6 EC

The Danube School 2023 in Ulm is aimed at students, young academics and professionals from the Danube region. From 15 to 20 October, they will deal with the topic of language and communication in the Danube region and take a critical look at historic and modern language policy and technological developments in communication, script and language.
Approximately 25 participants from the Danube region, together with selected experts from universities along the Danube, will develop strategies and projects for the handling of different perspectives on language.
The background is the heterogeneous linguistic landscape in the Danube region, which is both a cultural richness and a challenge. Language is used not only as a means of communication and culture, but also as a means of demarcation and political instrumentalization: For example, when Russia invaded the Ukraine, one of the reasons given was that the Russian identity was being threatened by the Ukrainian language policy. In Romania (Hungarian, Romani, Romanian), Bulgaria (Turkish, Bulgarian), Yugoslavia's successor states (Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, etc., but also Albanian) there are linguistic identity issues, not least because of Latin and Cyrillic.

Course leader

An interantional and high-level Autumn School for postgraduate students and young professionals aiming to approach the topic of language, communication and identity in the Danube Region/South-Eastern Europe.

Target group

25 participants, aged 18-39, from all Danube Countries. Master's and Ph.D. students, recent graduates, as well as young professionals, interested in the Danube Region and its culture and history, and who have inspiring ideas for discussion and solutions in the fields of social sciences.

Course aim

By participating in the Danube School 2023 in Ulm/Neu-Ulm in Germany, participants will acquire important knowledge about linguistic landscapes, language conflicts, language policy and communication in the Danube region. Social science perspectives are considered as well as approaches from political science, psychology and communication science. The aim of the Danube Schools is to develop experts who understand the complexities of the Danube Region and have a European perspective on cooperation and development, drawing on an alumni network generated by the Danube Schools. The participants publish their work in the annual volume of the European Danube Academy EDITION:DONAU.

Credits info

6 EC
The study hours of the Danube School Programme 2023 in Ulm/Neu-Ulm, which are completed from a combination of lectures, practical work and self-study, correspond to a total of 3 ECTS according to the European Qualifications Framework. If a corresponding contribution is published in the yearbook of the European Danube Academy EDITION:DONAU 2024, 6 ECTS points can be acquired.

Fee info

EUR 0: no fee
EUR 0: no fee


Funded by the Baden-W├╝rttemberg Foundation