Constanţa, Romania, 14-16 September 2023
The Center for Governance and Culture in Europe (GCE-HSG) at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland invites paper proposals for a conference “Environment, Energy and Economy in the Black Sea Region,” to be held in Constanţa, Romania, 14-16 September 2023
The rich and complex history of the Black Sea Region is very much entangled with struggles and conflicts over its resources and with empires and nation-states’ efforts to manage them. Even currently, international energy, grain, and transportation crises caused by the Russian war on Ukraine are closely connected to the Black Sea. In addition to the obvious energy and economic instability, the war creates numerous ecological challenges and is extremely harmful to the environment. These events and threats in the region create a growing demand for platforms for multidisciplinary analysis and expertise. By examining the region’s past and present through various lenses, including politics, governance, economics, social justice, and technology, the conference will contribute to a more comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the region’s development.
Constanţa, the venue of the event, is an outstanding location for a discussion about the environment, energy, and economy in the region. The city, a former capital of the historical border region Dobruja, has one of the biggest ports on the Black Sea and entered the Danube–Black Sea Canal, a large-scale navigable artificial watercourse.