Final conference: Nodes of knowledge – manor houses in the 18th century

The team of the Research Centre for Manors in the Baltic Sea Region cordially invites to the concluding conference after three years of project duration to present and discuss its research results.
For centuries, the Baltic Sea region has been the nucleus in Europe in which complex political, historical and cultural relations between the neighbouring states were formed. Like an archive, these exchange processes are documented in the cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea region. As nodal points in rural areas, the manor houses existing in all the countries of the Baltic Sea region form a collective memory of the region. For this reason, manor houses are an ideal object of research that also enables transdisciplinary questions to be answered.
These considerations led to the approval of the research project Research Centre for Manors in the Baltic Sea Region in 2021, which is funded in equal parts by the Ministry of Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

The research project is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of selected manor houses and their estates from the 18th century. The objects, which are spread across the entire Baltic Sea region, are being researched from a transnational perspective, primarily with regard to architectural, artistic and garden-historical issues. In addition, computer-aided research methods and the inclusion of digital humanities tools will open up new approaches to manor house research. The final conference will explicitly focus on this combination of humanities and digital knowledge acquisition and discuss the resulting opportunities and new research perspectives.

The following sections are planned:

  1. In focus: Architecture of manor houses and estates
  2. Interior worlds: Interiors and collections
  3. Outdoor worlds: Gardens, parks and estate landscapes
  4. Connecting! Thematic fields of manor house research
  5. Manor house research and AI

All sections will be introduced with a 10-minute report on the research findings of the Manor House Centre. This will be followed by specialist presentations by invited speakers, focussing on the 18th century.




Provisional programme, subject to change


23.10.2024: Pommersches Landesmuseum

Rakower Str. 9, 17489 Greifswald

14:45 | Welcome / Check in

15:15 | Welcoming speech Ruth Slenczka, Direktorin Pommersches Landesmuseum Greifswald

15:25 | Welcoming speech Katharina Riedel, Rector University of Greifswald

15:35 | Welcoming speech Frau Martin, Minister for Science, Culture, Federal and European Affairs Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

15:45 | Welcoming speech Kilian Heck, Project management

16:00 | Research Centre for Manors in the Baltic Sea Region project report, results and questions – Team Research Centre

17:00 | Break

17:15 | Keynote: Architekturzeichnungen als Referenzsystem für internationale und regionale Verflechtungen im 18. Jahrhundert: Die Plansammlung der Herzöge von Mecklenburg-Schwerin – Elisabeth Kieven (Rom)

19:00 | Reception Pommersches Landesmuseum Greifswald


24.10.: Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg

Martin-Luther-Straße 14, 17489 Greifswald

09:00 | Welcoming speech Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg – Christian Suhm

Section 1 - In focus: Architecture of manor houses and estates

09:15 | Impulse Research Centre – Kilian Heck

09:30 | Herrenhaus Borstel – Architektur ohne Architekten – Deert Lafrenz (Kiel)

10:00 | Vielfalt der Fußböden in den Herrenhäusern des Ostseeraums im 18. Jahrhundert – Sabine Bock (Schwerin)

10:30 | Herrenhaus Schwirsen/Świerzno - ein frühes Beispiel einer Anlage "entre cour et jardin" in Hinterpommern – Arne Franke (Berlin)

11:00 | Break

Section 2 - Interior worlds: Interiors and collections

11:30 | Impulse Research Centre – Thomas Wilke / Julia Jauch

11:45 | Building the Collection of the Rundāle Palace Museum – Laura Lūse (Rundale)

12:15 | The “Chapel” that isn’t a Chapel. Investigation and conservation of Kolga Manor hall(s) – Hillka Hiiop (Tallin)

12:45 | tba – Johan Ericson (Uppsala)

13:15 | Break

Section 3 - Outdoor Worlds: Gardens, parks and estates

14:45 | Impulse Research Centre – Ulrike Gawlik / Carsten Berger

15:00 | Zwischen Restaurierung, Rekonstruktion oder denkmalgebundener Neuinterpretation – der barocke Garten von Plüschow – Caroline Rolka (Neubrandenburg)

15:30 | «Le spectacle de la nature». Gärten, Zierfarm und Konzepte der Landesverschönerung im 18. Jahrhundert – Iris Lauterbach (München)

16:00 | Break

16:30 | Drone Technology to Preserve Historic Heritage: Lesson Learnt from Erasmus + Project Drone4HER – Cinzia Laurelli (Collodi)

17:00 | tba – Klaus Löckner (Wien)

17:30 | Discussion

18:00 | Reception at Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg


25.10. Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg

Martin-Luther-Straße 14, 17489 Greifswald

09:30 | Arrival and welcome

Section 4 - Manor house research interdisciplinary

10:00 | Impulse Research Centre – Marion Müller / Ulrike Ide

10:15 | «Tout Vienne me riait». Adelige und höfische Netzwerke in den Memoiren der Gräfin Schwerin (1684–1731) – Joëlle Weis (Trier)

10:45 | Servants` living standard and material culture in the transition from a feudal to a capitalistic economy, Sweden, 1730 to 1870 – Göran Ulväng (Uppsala)

11:15 | Schlossbau und Bädertourismus. Das Rittergut Jebenhausen im 18. Jahrhundert – Daniel Menning (Tübingen)

11:45 | Immo Trinks (Wien)

12:15 | Break

Section 5 - Manor house research and AI

13:45 | Impulse Research Centre – Torsten Veit / Maria Mischke

14:00 | Geometry, Semantics and 3D Point Clouds – Florent Poux (Liège)                                                                                         

14:30 | Semantische Annotation 4Culture: Integration eines 3D-Modell-Viewers, eines Triple-Stores und einer kollaborativen Wiki-Präsentationsumgebung – Kolja Bailly (Hannover), online

15:00 | Manor house research in the future: a vision and conclusion - Torsten Veit (Greifswald)

15:30 | Break

15:45 | Final discussion

17:00 | End of 2nd day

19:30 | Dinner (self-paying with advance booking)


26.10. Excursion (with advance booking)

Time: 9:00–16:00


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