On the riverbanks of the Danube

A European Literature Project

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The Danube River connects and separates its inhabitant’s living space. It is a part of their world perceptions over the course of time that forges its numerous identities. Thus its’ attributes varies depending on its geographical topography, social settings and time frame. The Danube as a landscape and habitat often serves as a backdrop for storylines and interpretations. Even in literary work or in films, it is often recreated and being explored. Narrations are attempts to explore and disclose the diversity along the riverbank. With this in mind, this project is being conceived.

The project is sponsored by the ‘Baden-Württemberg Foundation’ within the framework "Perspectives of the Danube: Education, Culture and Civil Society".

It spans from April 2015 till April 2017 and is based on the following four pillars:

1. Thematic Seminars (as well as translation workshop) comprising of students

from bordering countries of the Danube River

2. Readings and film presentations

3. Publication of an Anthology

4. Website


The Website “danubylon’’ should serve as a portal for testimonials of human contemplation of the Danube both in text and pictures in the virtual space. It will encompass the transitions of the Danube over time, the differences and similarities of its inhabitants, its conflicts and negotiations. The Danube depicts both harmony and discord, of being understood and also misunderstood.

As the Danubius (known under the Roman Empire) flows through Babylon: the website’s name danubylon is thus chosen.

Cooperation Partner

‘On the Riverbanks of the Danube: A European Literature Project' is a cooperation between the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Geography (IdGL) in Tübingen and the German Institute of Eötvös Lóránd University (ELTE) in Budapest.

This project is facilitated by Dr. habil. Edit Király, lecturer at the German Institute of the ELTE, and by Dr. Olivia Spiridon, Head of the Department of Literature at the Institute for Danube Swabian History and Regional Geography and lecturer at the German Seminar of the University of Tübingen.

Together, the both of us, Edit Király and Olivia Spiridon, have set up this site as a medium of providing information and opening up communication.

The project is funded by the ‘Baden-Württemberg Foundation.’