Beyond the Sea

General Information

We are happy to welcome you to our conference „Beyond the sea - Reviewing the manifold dimensions of water as barrier and bridge” in Greifswald. The conference is organized by doctoral students from the universities of Lund, Tartu and Greifswald and is kindly supported by the International Research Training Group “Baltic Borderlands” and the DFG (German Research Foundation). The conference is going to take place the 20th to 22nd of September.

Conference aims:

From the beginning of mankind water has played an essential role by dividing and connecting different landscapes, peoples, cultures and identities. Although water has been the object of research in studies on maritime borders, dimensions of inclusion and exclusion that go beyond the mere physical character of water have often been neglected. This interdisciplinary conference intends to approach water beyond its immanent quality as a physical boundary and focuses on the character of water as a means of social, cultural, political or economic division and connection. The aim of the conference is to discuss the different roles and functions ascribed to water and what we can learn about social and mental boundaries through engaging with it.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Christer Pursiainen, Docent in International Relations, University of Helsinki
Title of lecture to be announced

Dr. Ines Dombrowsky, German Development Institute, Head of Department "Environmental Policy and Management of Natural Resources"
Title of lecture to be announced

Conference venue:

Conference venue:

Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald
Martin-Luther-Straße 14
D-17489 Greifswald

The Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald is an independent academic institution which is funded by the Stiftung Alfried Krupp Kolleg Greifswald. The Kolleg promotes outstanding research and enables the exchange between the academia and the public. The Kolleg organises and supports the organisation of lectures, workshops and conferences.

More information about the Kolleg can be found here.

Conference Programme

Conference program and genereal information about conference format:

The conference will consist of a number of thematic panels each encompassing three 15-20 minute papers. All panel sessions will last approximately 90 minutes including questions and discussion. In order to assure a fertile discussion all speakers are asked to distribute their papers before the conference. If any technical devices (Power Point, boards etc.) are required the organizational committee should be informed about that beforehand - Please inform us as soon as possible. The panel sessions will be accompanied by two keynote lectures as well as social events.

"Beyond the Sea" - Conference Programme, preliminary 30.08.2012

Travel, accommodation and financial assistance

Travelling to and from Greifswald:

There are different ways to reach Greifswald by car, train, plane and ferry.

By plane:

There is no airport located directly in Greifswald. The most convenient way to reach Greifswald by air plane is via Berlin. However, you can also reach Greifswald easily by planes via Hamburg or Rostock. From here, there are several direct and indirect train connections to Greifswald every day (please see information about arriving by train below).

By train:

There is a direct train connection from Berlin to Greifswald on an hourly basis every day. The trip from Berlin to Greifswald takes around 3 hours. In Berlin you can access direct trains to Greifswald at Berlin-Südkreuz, Berlin-Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Central Station) and Berlin-Gesundbrunnen. In Greifswald, you need to leave the train at Greifswald Station (Please note: do not leave the train at Greifswald Süd).

The train from Hamburg to Greifswald takes 3 to 5 hours. There are several indirect connections every day (via Rostock and Stralsund) as well as one direct connection per day.

More information about train connections and fares are available through the web page of Deutsche Bahn (available in English).

By ferry:

If you are visiting our conference from Sweden it is also possible to take the ferry from Trelleborg to Sassnitz (Mukran). In Sassnitz (Mukran) you have to take either the bus or a taxi to Sassnitz Station. From Sassnitz Station there are train connections to Greifswald through Stralsund. For information about train connections see.


All accepted speakers will have the opportunity to reserve a room in a hotel through the conference convenors in the following hotels:

Hotel am Dom
Hotel Adler

All accepted speakers will get information about prices and booking procedure separately through the notification of acceptance. Both hotels are located in the city centre and within walking distance of the conference venue as well as of the main station.

Furthermore, Greifswald offers a range of different hotels as well as Bed & Breakfasts. More information about accommodation vacancies is available through the Tourist Information in Greifswald (in German).


If you have any further questions regarding submission of paper abstracts, travel and accommodation or general questions about the conference, do not hesitate to contact us:

IRTG 1540 Baltic Borderlands
Department of History
University of Greifswald
Rubenowstr. 2
D-17487 Greifswald