Books, Travels, Travelers, and the Discourse of Water / Libros, viajes, viajeros y el discurso del agua

Our Symposium will focus on water related themes of all centuries.

Key facts

Agua, water, Wasser, literature, human rights, arts, religion, discovery, conquest, poetry, legal aspects, travel, stroies, body, cure, film, technology, food
01/01/2022 - Until further notice


IV Symposium Books, Travels, Travelers and The Discourse of Water

July 11 – 15, 2022

European University of Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany

The IV International Symposium: Books, Travel and Travelers and the Discourse of Water will be held from July 11-15, 2022 at the main campus of the European University of Flensburg in Germany.

A group of highly qualified academics and researchers will be gathering in the city of Flensburg to exchange their rich literary and cultural knowledge, and expertise in the topics of the Symposium.


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Gebäude Oslo
OSL 338
Auf dem Campus 1
Post code / City
24943 Flensburg
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Information about your stay in Flensburg
  • If you haven't booked a hotel yet, you can find information here
  • The Symposium will be held during daytime hours to allow participants time to visit nearby historical and cultural sites. → For some first impressions of Flensburg click here. 
  • Following the Symposium, you can participate in a trip to the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein (1 day, July 15) or book a two-day-excursion to Copenhagen/Danmark (July 15 + 16).


July 11-15 2022, Europa-Universität Flensburg

Rapid climate changes and increasing migratory flows emphasize ever more the crucial significance of water as a source of life but also as a threat to human existence. In this perspective the IV International & Interdisciplinary Symposium takes place under the heading "Books, Travels, Travelers, and the Discourse of Water / Libros, viajes, viajeros y el discurso del agua".

By bringing together in Flensburg scholars from different disciplines and countries on both sides of the Atlantic, from Europe, North and Latin America, the Symposium inquires the evolution of current and past discourses of water in literature, travel chronicles, myths, utopias, and sciences.

Programme in details here

Program (Summary)

Monday, July 11, 2022

6:00 – 10:00 pm

(Europa-Universität Flensburg, Building Helsinki, room HEL 065)

Opening Ceremony

6:00 pm - Arrival

6:30 pm - Opening speech

7:00 pm – Keynote

"Mapping the World, Mapping the Mind. Juan de la Cosa’s "Carta" and the Cartographic Conceptions of Islands and Archipelagic Transcendence"

Ottmar Ette (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften)

8:00 pm – Buffet

Registration at

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Session I: Crossing Waters and Mapping Worlds / Cruce de aguas y cartografiar mundos

(Europa-Universität Flensburg, Building HEL)

9:30 am – 11:00 pm

Panel 1 – room HEL 63  

Transoceanic Routes – Chronicles from Spaces In-Between

/ Rutas transatlánticas – Crónicas desde espacios intermedios

11:20 am – 12:50 pm

Panel 2 – room HEL 63  

Transoceanic Routes – Chronicles from Spaces In-Between (II)

/ Rutas transatlánticas – Crónicas desde espacios intermedios (II)

Panel 3– room HEL 67

Cultural Exchanges in Europe on the Mediterranean Sea

/ Intercambios culturales en Europa sobre el Mar Mediterráneo

2:30 – 4:30 pm          

Panel 4 – room HEL 63                  

Searching for Water. Entangled Histories between Germany and Spain

/ Buscando el agua. Historias cruzadas entre Alemania y España

Panel 5 – room HEL 67  

Maritime Trades and Traveling Cosmologies

/ Rutas marítimas y cosmologías itinerantes

4:45 pm

Keynote – room HEL 66

"Viajes con un marinero. Diálogo con los Diarios de Viktor Rall sobre el Mar Báltico, Schleswig-Holstein y Flensburg, 1945, y con obras literarias contemporáneas"

Dietrich Rall (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

5:45 pm

Exhibit opening– room HEL 66

An Ode to the Ocean / Oda al océano

Paintings by Natalie Craig

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Session II: Mind Mapping Water / Aguas y mapas mentales

(Europa-Universität Flensburg, Building HEL)

9:00-11:00 pm

Panel 6 – room HEL 63                                

Water Experience and Poetic Sublimation

/ Experiencias del agua y sublimación poética

Panel 7 – room HEL 67                 

Water Scenarios in German Speaking Literatures and Media

/ Escenarios acuáticos en la literatura y los medios en lengua alemana

11:20 am – 12:50 pm

Panel 8 – room HEL 63                                 

Water and Identities in Latin American Literatures

/ Agua e identidades en las literaturas latinoamericanas

Panel 9 – room HEL 67

Written down on Water. Trauma and Collective Memory

/ Escritos en el agua. Trauma y memoria colectiva

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Panel 10 – room HEL 63               

Water and Identities in Latin America Literatures (II)

/ Agua e identidades en las literaturas latinoamericanas (II)

Panel 11 – room HEL 67

Semiotics of Water and Space in Spanish Speaking Literature

/ Semiótica del agua y del espacio en la literatura

4:15 – 5:45 pm

Panel 12 – room HEL 63               

Sciences, Intelligences and Discourses of Water

/ Ciencias, inteligencias y discursos del agua

Panel 13 – room HEL 67

Water Scenarios in German Speaking Literatures and Media (II)

/ Escenarios acuáticos en la literatura y los medios en lengua alemana (II)

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Session III: Knowing Water, Projecting Futures / Conocer el agua, planear el futuro

(Europa-Universität Flensburg, Building HEL)

9:00 am – 10:30 pm

room HEL 63     

Students Workshop

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Panel 14 – room HEL 63               

Water Ecology, Rights and Climate Change

/ Ecología del agua, derechos y el cambio climático      

Panel 15 – room HEL 67

Water Civilizations and Utopias

/ Civilizaciones acuáticas y utopías

12:00 pm

Keynote – room HEL 66

 "How Water Shapes the Earth’s Surface: Perspectives from Physical Geography"

Christian Stolz (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

2:30-3:30 pm

Closing session

Friday, July 15, 2022

Tour North Frisia

Visit to the Museum Theodor-Storm-Haus in Husum, Friedrichstadt, and Witzwort)

Registration at


Marco Thomas Bosshard (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Iulia-Karin Patrut (Vice President of the Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Matteo Anastasio (Europa-Universität Flensburg)

Lilianet Brintrup Hertling (Humboldt State University), Gladys Ilarregui (University of Delaware)

Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal (University of San Francisco)

Adriana Haro-Luviano de Rall (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Ana Maria Dolores Huerta Jaramillo (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla)


Matteo Anastasio,

Marianne Chmielewicz,

You would like to participate?

Please, confirm your interest in participating in the IV Symposium by SEPTEMBER 30, 2021. Your confirmation letter will need to be accompanied by a brief Abstract (maximum 250 words), including the title of your presentation; your full name; your academic affiliation if any; your email address; and the language in which you will be presenting (Spanish or English).  

E-mail to:  In Spanish or English:

Dr. Lilianet Brintrup:

Copy to: Dr. Gladys Ilarregui:

& Copy to M.A. Elizabeth Pimentel-Gopal:

Participants are required to pay a registration fee of 200 EUROS. Due date, payment options, and travel & accommodation information will be send in a separate letter.

The Symposium registration fee does not cover participants’ travel expenses, their lodging and their per diem. Please, feel free to use this letter to request financial support from your university or any other institution.

We look forward to meeting you in Flensburg, one of the most beautiful ports in Germany, exploring fascinating historical areas together, and exchanging our knowledge and expertise about Water topics and their related fields!


The members of the Organizing Committee:

Dr. Bosshard, Marco, Europa Universität Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany

Dr. Patrut, Iulia-Karin, Europa Universität Flensburg, Flensburg, Germany 

Dr. Brintrup Hertling, Lilianet, Humboldt State University, USA

Dr. Ilarregui, Gladys, University of Delaware, USA

M.A. Pimentel-Gopal, Elizabeth, University of San Francisco, USA

Dr. Depetris, Carolina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Merida, Mexico

Dr. Haro-Luviano, Adriana, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

Dr. Huerta Jaramillo, Ana María, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

The Europa-Universität Flensburg is located at: 

Auf dem Campus 1

24943 Flensburg