This talk will be a gentle introduction to a theory of group actions on combinatorial-geometric structures that has been developed over the last years in joint work with several coauthors.
Our main motivation comes from the study of arrangements of hypersurfaces, a nowadays classical field that was spurred by work by Arnol'd, Brieskorn and Deligne from the Seventies on arrangements of linear hyperplanes, configuration spaces and Artin groups of finite type. A hallmark of the classical theory is the strong interaction between geometry, algebra and combinatorics.
In this talk, I will start by illustrating how the quest for a combinatorial framework for the general theory of arrangements of hypersurfaces motivates the development of a new theory of group actions on partially ordered sets with geometric structure. Then I will outline the basics of our theory, illustrated by examples and sample results as well as, in true "Oberseminar" spirit, some of the main open problems.