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17:30 - 19:00 2 June 2016

Swamp Dialogues


B404 LT 2 | Cruciform Building (link Map)
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Eszter Tarsoly, Senior Teaching Fellow in Hungarian Language, UCL SSEES and Course Leader on the UCL Global Citizenship Programme.
Sahil Nijhawan, UCL Department of Anthropology, research student, UCL Anthropology
Rafael Chiaravalloti, Discussion moderator, UCL Department of Anthropology, research student, UCL Anthropology

Swamp Dialogues (Romania, 2015, 53 min) by Ildikó Zonga Plájás (with English subtitles)

The Danube Delta in Romania – the ‘Last European Sanctuary’ – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While major efforts are made to protect biodiversity, the plight of local communities is largely overlooked. Social scientists claim that the traumatic nature of the swamp bears heavily on the villagers’ lives. But is Nature really to blame? Swamp Dialogues is based on extensive field-research in the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Through a ‘argument montage’ built entirely on cinematic language the film entails an anthropological reflection on knowledge production in social sciences.

The screening will be introduced by Eszter Tarsoly. Following the screening, there will a discussion lead by Sahil Nijhawan and Rafael Chiaravalloti.


Agniya Dremach
+44 (0)20 7679 8708 | a.dremach@ucl.ac.uk