Ostsee-Peripetien. Reformationen, Revolutionen, Katastrophen

Joint Lecture Series "Irreversible - The Manifestations of Change"

Thursdays 18.15 - 19.45 | Universität Greifswald, Rubenowstr. 1, Hörsaal 2 | online via Zoom


About the Joint Lecture Series

The Baltic Sea Region is an area where changes mostly occur within a set of intertwining transregional parameters. By focusing on the aftereffects of transformations, this joint lecture series inquires about processes that lack the chance of a turn-around: from a single event to a concatenation of circumstances leading to an unforeseeable outcome. It can be difficult to draw a line between the permanent and the transient, but there are, certainly, damages or developments that are irreversible, in terms of material loss or environmental change. At the same time, the very idea of irreversibility has to be processed in language and media; it is part of a discourse and thus of history. In literary theory, the term ‘peripety’ signifies a reversal of action: How do narrations model and maybe alter the irreversible? How do geopolitical tipping points affect subsequent generations? In taking historico-political, narrative, ecological, material, and aesthetic changes into consideration, this summer term program seeks to bring conceptional clarifications, concrete case studies from a broad range of disciplines and regional studies approaches together.


Organisation and moderation

Verena Liu, Arne Segelke, Torsten Veit, Alexander Waszynski

Interdisciplinary Centre for Baltic Sea Region Research (IFZO); International Research Training Group “Baltic Peripeties – Narratives of Reformations, Revolutions and Catastrophes”; MA Programme “History and Culture of the Baltic Sea Region”; Research Centre for Manors in the Baltic Sea Region


The lecture will take place as a hybrid event.

Please observe the current hygiene instructions (3G regulations) when attending on site. The maximum number of people present in the lecture hall is 39. If you want to follow the lecture online via Zoom, please contact us at baltic-peripetiesuni-greifswaldde.


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Prof. Dr. Eckhard Schumacher
Institut für Deutsche Philologie
Rubenowstraße 3, 17489 Greifswald
Telefon 03834 420 3421




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