Of Farm Rules and Climate Change - A Folkloric and Cultural Weather Report

TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus (previously Senior Citizens' Academy)

Topic:             Of Farmer's Rules and Climate Change - A Folkloric and Cultural Studies Weather Report

Speaker:        Prof. Dr. Friedemann Schmoll, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Chair of Folklore (Empirical Cultural Studies)

Time:              Friday, 20.05.2022, 3 p.m.

Place:            TU Ilmenau,Röntgenbau, Weimarer Str. 27

Admission:     5 Euro


Pre-registration requested: www.tu-ilmenau.de/buergercampus


The weather is probably one of the most popular topics of conversation. But who actually makes the weather? And how can it be predicted? These are questions that have found a wide variety of answers throughout history: Divine will and heavenly powers, weather-making witches and other supernatural forces have been responsible for the weather's curse and blessing - but also, of course, quite simply meteorological constellations. In the course of human history, attempts to influence the weather have varied accordingly: through prayers, divination or with the help of oracles ... by reading and interpreting the sky ... by collecting and systematizing one's own experiences in the form of farmers' rules or in the "Hundred Year Calendar" ... or, in modern times, through scientific forecasting.

In his lecture at the TU Ilmenau Citizens' Campus, Prof. Friedemann Schmoll, Chair of Folklore at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, will take a look at the history of weather forecasting and climate theories. And since we live in the Anthropocene, the age in which humans have become one of the most important factors influencing weather and climate on Earth, Prof. Schmoll also takes a look at the consequences of climate change.



Dr. Uwe Geishendorf
Central Institute of Education
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