Think rural in the Baltic Sea Region - Internationale Tagung

Thursday, 23 March 2023

08.00 - 09.00 Registration

09.00 - 10.00 Welcoming & Opening Speech
Consortium Think Rural (Steffen Fleßa)
Rector of the University (Kathrin Riedel)
IFZO (Sebastian Van der Linden, Cordelia Hess)
Ostseepolitik und -kooperation (Wolf Born)

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 - 12.00 Paper Session 1: Rural Health Care

Responsible: Steffen Fleßa, Wolfgang Hoffmann

  1. Governance of e-Health in Baltic States: similarities and differences (Daiga Behmane, Latvia)
  2. How eHealth could support managing integrated healthcare programs in rural areas. Insights from Poland (Iga Rudawska, Poland).
  3. Emergency Care in Rural Norway (Guttorm Brattebø, Norway)
  4. Innovations in Health Care – A Historic Perspective (Nils Hansson, Germany)

12.00 - 13.30 Lunch (Restaurants in Greifswald)

13.30 - 15.00 Paper Session 2: Policing, Victimization, Feelings of Safety and Extremism in Rural Areas

Responsible: Stefan Harrendorf

  1. Stability and Acceptance of the Democratic System in Rural Areas (Andreas Klärner, Germany)
  2. Rural Crime and Policing in Sweden (Vania Ceccato, Sweden)
  3. Farm Crime Victimization and Prevention Decision Making: Insights from England and Wales (Kreseda Smith, UK)
  4. Security and Safety in Local Communities: Comparison of Rural and Urban Environments (Gorazd Meško, Slovenia)

15.00 - 15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 - 17.00 Paper Session 3: Church and Religion in Rural Areas

Responsible: Tobias Braune-Krickau

  1. Insights and perspectives on rural church and religion in Denmark” (Kirstine Helboe Johansen, Denmark)
  2. Local identity, history and traditions supporting churches in rural areas of Estonia (Riho Altnurme, Estonia)
  3. Religion in rural areas of eastern Germany (NN)

17.30 – 19.00 Keynote Lecture
Responsible: Christine Tamásy
Peripheral Rural Regions in Europe (Michael Woods, UK)

From 19.00 Evening Reception (Alfried-Krupp-Kolleg)


Friday, 24 March 2023

08.30 - 10.00 Paper Session 4: Rural Policies, Modes of Governance, Social Movements, Contradictions and Conflicts

Responsible: Stefan Ewert

  1. Energy Prosumers: Local Governance of Energy Production and Consumption in Finland (Farid Karimi, Finland) 
  2. Wetland-based Rural Development in the Baltic Sea Region – Potentials and Current Political Barriers (Franziska Tanneberger, Germany)
  3. Party Positions on Agricultural Policy and Rural Development in the Baltic Sea Region (Jochen Müller, Germany)
  4. The Rural Urban Divide in Europe (NN, NN)

10.00 - 10.30 Coffee Break

10.30 - 12.00 Paper Session 5: Representations of Rurality

Responsible: Christine Tamásy, Annika Schlitte

  1. Discursive Construction of Rural Areas: Policy Perspectives  (Niklas Hein, Germany)
  2. Forest bioeconomy discourses in Finnish peripheries (Maija Halonen, Finland)
  3. Loss, Arousal and Attunement. Ethnographic Perspectives on Kashubian Rurality (Oliwia Murawska, Austria)
  4. From Space to Life. How Nature Determines Culture (Giovanna Caruso, Germany)

12.00 - 12.30 Provision of lunch bags

12.30 - 17.30 Field Trips (e.g. health care, wetlands, guided city tour)

  1. Rural Health Care (Melisssa Nawroth, Steffen Fleßa)
  2. Sustainable use of wetlands (Stefan Ewert)
  3. Rural Church Buildings (Tobias Braune-Krickau)
  4. Guided City Tour

18.30 - 20.00 Music & Arts Session
Responsible: Gesa zur Nieden
Doing art and/or culture in rural areas. Perspectives from Western Pomerania and France
(Henriette Sehmsdorf, OPERNALE; Judith Siegmund, Zurich University of the Arts; Talia Bachir-Loopuyt, University of Tours.
With songs by Luise Greger interpreted by Joana Rueffer (vocals) and Benjamin Saupe (piano)

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Kontakt Tagungsbüro:
Pia Schindelarz
Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg
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Telefon +49 3834 420 5016


  • Professor Dr. Steffen Fleßa und Dr. Alexander Drost (IFZO)


  • Martin-Luther-Straße 14
    17489 Greifswald

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