Recent PhD theses: “Weltenvielfalt [Variety of Worlds]” (2013), “Figuren des Wissens bei Alexander von Humboldt [Figures of Knowledge in Alexander von Humboldt]” (2014)

Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Walter de Gruyter  2013

Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Walter de Gruyter 2013

Weltenvielfalt [Variety of Worlds]
Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño

Book details

Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 56) 2013 [559 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 129.95
ISBN 978-3-11-030824-2

Content

This study, focusing on Latin American literature, discusses the motif of a variety of worlds as a key concept of the modern novel in terms of genre, culture, and fiction theory: the world of the modern novel is always already in contact with another one. This concept, developed against the backdrop of (literary) history, goes hand in hand with the theoretical assumption that modern novel forms have brought about a turn in genre theory. Differently from genuine poetics, genre theory is always also concerned with and contingent on a certain history/back story. Continue reading

Book: “Paisajes vitales [Vital Landscapes]“, Verlag Walter Frey 2014

Book Details

Book: “Paisajes vitales [Vital Landscapes]“, Verlag Walter Frey 2014

Book: “Paisajes vitales [Vital Landscapes]“, Verlag Walter Frey 2014

Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe. Un simposio transareal. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 10) 2014. [217 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 19.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-85-1

Content (in Spanish)

Una mirada a la producción literaria de América Central y del Caribe desde los comienzos de la más temprana independencia hasta la época más reciente nos ofrece una oportunidad especial para sondear y ensayar un espacio de pruebas de formas de puesta en escena literarias de la convivencia. Continue reading

Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper to lead new research project on “Science and the Spectacle of Nature”

Ciencia y espectáculo de la naturaleza
Viajes científicos y museos de historia natural

Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper Mulero (Professor for History of Science and Director of the CSIC Publishing Department, Madrid)

Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper Mulero (Professor for History of Science and Director of the CSIC Publishing Department, Madrid)

Coordinator: Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper Mulero
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Instituto de Historia

The project underway was recently approved by the Secretary of State of Research, Development and Innovation (SEIDI), within the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. “Ciencia y espectáculo de la naturaleza” [Science and the spectacle of nature. Scientific travels and natural history museums] has a project duration of three years. It is part of the research framework Ciencia en un mundo global. Historia Natural, Antropología y Biología entre el viaje científico y la ciudad, coordinated by Álvaro Girón (CSIC). Continue reading

Recent PhD theses: “Die Idee des Menschen in der Karibik [The Idea of Man in the Caribbean]” (2013), “Die Karibik zwischen enracinement und errance [The Caribbean between enracinement and errance]” (2014)

Meyer-Krentler, Leonie: Die Idee des Menschen in der Karibik. Mensch und Tier in französisch- und spanischsprachigen Erzähltexten des 19. Jahrhunderts. Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Meyer-Krentler, Leonie: Die Idee des Menschen in der Karibik. Mensch und Tier in französisch- und spanischsprachigen Erzähltexten des 19. Jahrhunderts. Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Die Idee des Menschen in der Karibik

Mensch und Tier in französisch- und spanischsprachigen Erzähltexten des 19. Jahrhunderts

Book Details

Meyer-Krentler, Leonie: Die Idee des Menschen in der Karibik. Mensch und Tier in französisch- und spanischsprachigen Erzähltexten des 19. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: edition tranvía – Verlag Walter Frey (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 6) 2013 [283 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 24.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-72-1

Content (in German)

Die Frage „Wer ist der Mensch?“ ist in der kolonialen Karibik vom Verhältnis des Menschen zum vermeintlich Animalischen bestimmt. Die Idee des Menschen in der Karibik erzählt von der Transformation, aber auch vom Scheitern jahrhundertelang tradierter, europäischer Wahrnehmungskategorien: Symbolische Vorstellungen von Mensch und Tier kollidieren mit der praktischen Realität sich verschärfender ethnisch-sozialer Konflikte seit der Haitianischen Revolution. Continue reading

AvH-R: Long-term editorial research project on Humboldt’s travel manuscript to start in 2015 – job opening

“Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen – Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung [Travelling Humboldt: Science on the Move]” (AvH-R)

Plate XLII "42_Vue du Cayambe" in: Humboldt, Alexander von ([1810-]1813): Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique. Paris: Schoell.

Plate XLII “42_Vue du Cayambe” in: Humboldt, Alexander von ([1810-]1813): Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique. Paris: Schoell.

On October 30, 2014, the Berlin-Brandenburgian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) announced the launch of its new long-term editorial research project “Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen – Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung [Travelling Humboldt: Science on the Move]” (AvH-R).

The editorial project forms part of a current national and international research community that has recently been given new incentives by the high-profile acquisition of Alexander von Humboldt’s Travel Diaries by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) through means of public-private sponsorship.

With AvH-R, BBAW builds on its long tradition of in-house Alexander von Humboldt scholarship under the direction of Eberhard Knobloch (co-submitter for AvH-R). The project’s director will be Ottmar Ette, Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature at the Universität Potsdam.

Current Job Opening for AvH-R

Job opening for the Head of Research Group at AvH-R (Arbeitsstellenleiter/in im Akademienvorhaben Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen)

Full-time employment, E 14 (Berlin)

Deadline for applications: November 30, 2014 Continue reading

Recent Edited Books: “Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie [After Hybridity. Future Cultural Theory]” (2014), “Unfälle der Sprache [Language disasters]” (2014)

Book details

Ette, Ottmar / Wirth, Uwe (Hg.): Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie. Berlin: Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 11), 2014 [256p.]

Ette, Ottmar / Wirth, Uwe (Hg.): Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie. Berlin: Walter Frey 2014

Ette, Ottmar / Wirth, Uwe (Hg.): Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie. Berlin: Walter Frey 2014

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 19.80
ISBN 978-3-938944-86-8

Content (in German)

Der Begriff des Hybriden hat in den letzten drei Jahrzehnten im Rahmen unterschiedlichster Text- und Kulturtheorien eine beeindruckende Konjunktur erlebt. Besonders wirkmächtig ist der Hybriditätsbegriff im Kontext der Postcolonial Studies geworden.

Die Idee dieses Bandes besteht darin, erstens die Probleme des Hybriditätsbegriffs detailscharf zu beschreiben; zweitens die Politiken der semantischen Zuschreibung und Umschreibung des Hybriditätsbegriffs nachzuvollziehen; drittens über alternative Beschreibungsmodelle nachzudenken, die entweder eine differenziertere Verwendung des Hybriditätsbegriffs – oder seine Überwindung – erlauben; viertens Konzepte für künftige kulturtheoretische Modellierungen zu entwickeln, die im Sinne vektorisierter Zwischenräume die Rhizomatiken lebendiger Interkonnektoren im Kontext divergierender Modernen weltweit als Lebenspolitiken reformulieren; fünftens aktuelle Diskussionslinien weltweit transarchipelisch zusammenzuführen. Continue reading

PROBRAL program to establish research and academic training project between Potsdam and Curitiba

Universidade Federal do Paraná

Universidade Federal do Paraná

The research and academic training project “Archivpelagos Literatur: deutschbrasilianische Inselwelten der Forschung” [Archi-ve-pelago Literature: German-Brazilian Island-Worlds of Research] was given a substantial grant by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (Program PROBRAL, Foundation CAPES) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Starting Januar 2015, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from the Universität Potsdam will jointly work with Brazilian colleagues from the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) on literary works, authors and intellectual discourses, which have shaped processes of cultural transfer and tranformation between Brazilian and German-speaking individuals and communities since the 19th century. Continue reading

Academic honours for Ottmar Ette in Germany, USA, and Mexico

Ottmar Ette recently received high honours for his academic work and influence in the field of literary and cultural studies, on Alexander von Humboldt Studies, as well as literary and cultural theory.

Ottmar Ette

Ottmar Ette

Honorary Member (2014)
Modern Language Association of America (MLA)

Voting on the 2014 ratification ballot concluded at midnight on 1 June. Members ratified the election of Ottmar Ette to honorary membership in the association and the election of Maryse Condé, Amitav Ghosh, and Suzan-Lori Parks to honorary fellowship in the association. Each candidate received support from over 95% of the members who voted in that section of the ballot. All four candidates will be invited to accept the honor.

List of all current Honorary Members


Reconocimiento Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios (2014)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Entrega reconocimiento Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios
Categoría “Académico externo a la UNAM”


Ordinary Member, Humanities Class (2013)
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW)

Ette’s profile at BBAW

Press bulletin by BBAW on new elected members of 2013

Recent Edited Books: “Imaginarios del miedo [Imaginaries of Fear]” (2013), “Verlag Macht Weltliteratur [Publisher, Power, World Literature]” (2014)

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo / Montero, Ignacio (ed.): "Imaginarios del miedo [Imaginaries of Fear]", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo / Montero, Ignacio (ed.): “Imaginarios del miedo [Imaginaries of Fear]“, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Imaginarios del miedo
Estudios desde la historia

Book details

Ette, Ottmar / Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo / Montero, Ignacio (ed.): Imaginarios del miedo. Estudios desde la historia. Berlin: Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 7), 2013. [342 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 28.00
ISBN 978-3-938944-74-5

Content (in Spanish)

A lo largo de la historia, el miedo y el temor han sido agentes activos que han generado cambios, animado resistencias, auspiciado movimientos contrarrevolucionarios, forjado imágenes, estereotipos y recelos frente al “otro”, además de originar violencia y represión.

Aliados del miedo han sido y son la guerra, la agresión, la crisis económica, los intereses de diferentes grupos que a lo largo de la historia han utilizado e instrumentalizado el miedo por mantener su poder, o la inseguridad ante una catástrofe de cualquier índole. Continue reading

10/24/2014, Symposium: “Wenn Quellen sprechen. Für eine kritische Philologie aus Perspektive der Akademie [When Sources speak. Towards a Critical Philology]“, Potsdam

Symposium in honour of the 80th birthday of Martin Fontius

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference programm (PDF)

10/24/2014, Symposium: "Wenn Quellen sprechen. Für eine kritische Philologie aus Perspektive der Akademie [When Sources speak. Towards a Critical Philology]", Potsdam

10/24/2014, Symposium: “Wenn Quellen sprechen. Für eine kritische Philologie aus Perspektive der Akademie [When Sources speak. Towards a Critical Philology]“, Potsdam

The symposion in honor of Martin Fontius is presented by the Universität Potsdam and POINTS in cooperation with the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam.

Program (German)

Freitag, 24. Oktober 2014

9:30 Uhr – 11:00 Uhr

Antony McKenna (Institut Claude Longeon, St. Etienne): L’édition critique de la correspondance de Pierre Bayle

Gisela Schlüter (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): Abgründige Glaubensbekenntnisse, erzwungene Retraktationen: der Fall Pietro Giannone und seine europäische Resonanz.

11:15 Uhr – 12:30 Uhr

Tobias Kraft (Universität Potsdam): Alexander von Humboldts Reisetagebücher … lesen und sprechen lassen

Jens Häseler (Universität Potsdam): Voltaire und Formey Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Anton Wilhelm Amo – Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz” [Philosophy without fixed abode], Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014

Book details

Ottmar Ette: Anton Wilhelm Amo - Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz. Eine Philosophie der Aufklärung zwischen Europa und Afrika. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014.

Ottmar Ette: Anton Wilhelm Amo – Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz. Eine Philosophie der Aufklärung zwischen Europa und Afrika. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014.

Ottmar Ette: Anton Wilhelm Amo – Philosophieren ohne festen Wohnsitz. Eine Philosophie der Aufklärung zwischen Europa und Afrika. Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos 2014.

172 pages
12 x 19 cm, paperback, August 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86599-263-5
14,90 Euro

12 x 19 cm, hardback, August 2014
ISBN: 978-3-86599-264-2
19,90 Euro

About the book (in German)

Anton Wilhelm Amo gehört zu den faszinierendsten Gestalten der ersten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts. Um 1700 an der damaligen afrikanischen »Goldküste« geboren, als Sklave von Holländern an den Wolfenbütteler Hof verschenkt, mutierte er vom »Hofmohren« und exotischen Ausstellungsstück zu einem brillanten Denker der Aufklärung. Continue reading

06/05-06/07/2014, International Conference: “Der Garten im Fokus kultureller Diskurse des 18. Jahrhunderts [The Garden as focus of cultural discourse in the 18th century]“, Landau

06/05-06/07/2014, International Conference: "Der Garten im Fokus kultureller Diskurse des 18. Jahrhunderts [The Garden as focus of cultural discourse in the 18th century]", Landau

06/05-06/07/2014, International Conference: “Der Garten im Fokus kultureller Diskurse des 18. Jahrhunderts [The Garden as focus of cultural discourse in the 18th century]“, Landau

Der Garten im Fokus kultureller Diskurse des 18. Jahrhunderts
Le jardin au centre des discours culturels au XVIIIe siècle

Conference Program (PDF)

The international conference is presented and supported by the Universität Koblenz-Landau and the Interdisziplinäres Promotionszentrum (IPZ).

Program (in German/French)

Donnerstag, 5. Juni

Jugendstil-Festhalle Landau, Musikzimmer
Landau in der Pfalz

15.00 Eröffnung / Introduction Peter Wagner (U Koblenz‐Landau)

Zur Theorie des Gartens / La théorie du jardin

Sektionsleiter / président: Frédéric Ogée

15.30 Ottmar Ette (U Potsdam): Parkomanie: Landschaftsgärten als Landschaften der Theorie

16.30 Kaffeepause

17.00 Franck Hofmann (FU Berlin; z.Z. am Institute for Advanced Study: Centre International d’Art et du Paysage): Theorie der Landschaftsgärten: auf dem Weg zu einer neuen Vision

Freitag, 6. Juni

Sektionsleiterin / présidente: Kirsten Dickhaut

8.30 Lauren Cannady (Paris, Centre allemand de l’histoire de l’art): The Garden Landscape and the French Interior

9.30 Margaret Willes (London): Working‐class Gardeners in Georgian Britain Continue reading

05/27/2014, Conference: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung [Horizons of Humboldt Studies]“, Potsdam

05/27/2014, Conference: "Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung [Horizons of Humboldt Studies]", Potsdam

05/27/2014, Conference: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung [Horizons of Humboldt Studies]“, Potsdam

1. Potsdamer Alexander von Humboldt-Tag

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Program (PDF)

The 1st Potsdam Alexander von Humboldt Day is presented by the Universität Potsdam and is part of the Research Project “Genealogy, Chronology, and Epistemology” (01UO1302B) in the framwork of the joint project “Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries” (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin PK, Universität Potsdam). The conference is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Programm (in German)

09:15-09:30 Begrüßung Oliver Günther (Präsident der Universität Potsdam)

09:30–09:45 Einführung Ottmar Ette und Tobias Kraft

09:45–10:45 Eröffnungsvortrag Vera M. Kutzinski (The Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of English Professor of Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University): „Alexander von Humboldt: Explorer of Brazil“

10:45–11:15 Kaffeepause

11:15–11:45 Jutta Weber (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Stellvertr. Leiterin der Handschriftenabteilung): „Humboldts Reisetagebücher – Zentrum seines Nachlasses“

11:45–12:15 Tobias Kraft (Universität Potsdam, Institut für Romanistik): „Im Angesicht der Berge. Wie Alexander von Humboldt in einen entflammten Krater herabstieg und mit einer neuen Geognosie der Vulkane wieder herauskam” Continue reading

05/29-05/30/2014, International Conference and Poetry Reading: “Travesías [Crossroads]“, Potsdam/Berlin

05/29-05/30/2014, International Conference and Poetry Reading: "Travesías [Crossroads]", Potsdam/Berlin

05/29-05/30/2014, International Conference and Poetry Reading: “Travesías [Crossroads]“, Potsdam/Berlin

Nomadismos y perspectivas transareales  en la poesía contemporánea
[Nomadisms and transareal perspectives in contemporary poetry]

Jornadas internacionales de crítica y poesía

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference programm (PDF)

The international conference is presented by the Universität Potsdam and the German Research Foundation (DFG) in cooperation with the Brandenburgisches Literaturbüro and the Instituto Cervantes Berlin. The conference is supported by the Ministerio Español de Educación, Cultura y Deporte (Programa HISPANEX).

Program (Spanish)

Jueves, 29 de mayo

Villa Quandt
Große Weinmeisterstr. 46/47
14469 Potsdam

09:00–09:15 Palabras de Bienvenida Ottmar Ette y Julio Prieto

La Poesía en la era de la información

9:15–9:45 Edgardo Dobry (Universidad de Barcelona): “¿En qué se reconoce lo contemporáneo en la poesía?”

9:45–10:15 Eduardo Espina (Texas A&M University): “Una ojeada al relámpago: el poema y la ciberlectura en tiempos de desatención (Nuevos usos tecnológicos y el nomadismo de la interpretación)”

10:15–10:45 Antonio Méndez Rubio (Universidad de Valencia): “No hay afuera: poética, política y psicología de masas”

10:45–11:15 Café

poéticas transnacionales

11:15–11:45 William Rowe (University of London): “Poéticas de la mercancía: George Oppen, Gonzalo Millán, Raúl Zurita”

11:45–12:15 Gustavo Guerrero (Université de Cergy Pontoise, París): “Poesía, imaginarios y globalización: una aproximación a la poesía latinoamericana publicada a partir de los 90” Continue reading

04/30/2014, symposium & live webcast: “Alexander von Humboldt and the Order of Nature”, New York

Symposium on Aspects of Culture and Landscape in the Americas

Americas Society, Council of the Americas

April 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Welcome Remarks

  • Harper Montgomery, Distinguished Lecturer and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor in Latin American Art, Hunter College: morning
  • Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society: afternoon

11:00am to 1:00pm – PANEL 1: Humboldt and Social Order in the Americas

  • Introduction: Wenzel Bilger, Regional Program Director, Goethe-Institute, New York.
  • Respondent: Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University.

Scholars:

  • Ottmar Ette, Chair of Romance Literature, University of Potsdam
    Alexander von Humboldt as a World Citizen. Nomadic Knowledge and the Global Landscapes of Theory
  • Michael Zeuske, Professor of Caribbean and Latin American History, Universität zu Köln
    Humboldt and Slavery
  • Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, University of Notre Dame
    The Manifold Nature of Humboldt’s Pocket Cosmos
  • Mark Dion, Contemporary Artist
    An Artist Responds to the Collecting Tradition of Naturalists in the Neotropics

1:00 pm to 2:30pm – BREAK

2:30pm to 5:30pm – PANEL 2: Humboldt’s Influence on the Art of the Americas

  • Video: The Wake, by Dana Levy
  • Introduction: Georgia de Havenon, Exhibition Guest Curator
  • Respondent: Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art of the Unites States, Latin America and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Continue reading

05/09-05/10/2014, International Conference: “Paisajes sumergidos – Paisajes invisibles [Submerged Landscapes - Invisible Landscapes]“, Potsdam

Formas y normas de convivencia en las literaturas y culturas del Caribe

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference programm (PDF)

05/09-05/10/2014, International Conference: "Paisajes sumergidos - Paisajes invisibles [Submerged Landscapes - Invisible Landscapes]", Potsdam

05/09-05/10/2014, International Conference: “Paisajes sumergidos – Paisajes invisibles [Submerged Landscapes - Invisible Landscapes]“, Potsdam

The workshop is part of a research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) – Project “Konvivenz in Differenz in der Größeren Karibik und Zentralamerika” – and is presented in cooperation with the Universität zu Köln.

Program (Spanish)

Friday, May 9, 2014

Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

09:00–09:15 PALABRAS DE BIENVENIDA Ottmar Ette y Gesine Müller

09:15–10:00 CONFERENCIA DE INAUGURACIÓN Luisa Campuzano (La Habana): De „Golfo de México“ a „West Indies, Ltd.“, para otra invención del Caribe

Paisajes sumergidos entre el Caribe y EEUU

10:00–10:45 Yvette Sánchez (St. Gallen): Inmersión en la diáspora: emergentes escritores dominicanos en EE.UU.

10:45–11:15 Café

11:15–12:00 Jorge Duany (Miami): Paisajes transnacionales: Los espacios diaspóricos del Caribe hispánico en Estados Unidos Continue reading

03/04/2014: Opening Ceremony celebrating the purchase of Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries, Berlin

Travel Diary VIIbb/c, 410r: Sketch of Plate 51 of Humboldt's "Vues des Cordillères", outline of the Mountain Corazón, the dashed line indicating orographic snow line. In his adjacent note, Humboldt describes the location of the mountain in the surroundings of Quito. © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PK / Fotostelle

Travel Diary VIIbb/c, 410r: Sketch of Plate 51 of Humboldt’s “Vues des Cordillères”, outline of the Mountain Corazón, the dashed line indicating orographic snow line. In his adjacent note, Humboldt describes the location of the mountain in the surroundings of Quito. © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK / Fotostelle

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) will celebrate the purchase of Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries in an Opening Ceremony on March 4, 2014. The Travel Diaries were acquired in 2013 as a central element of the rara collection of the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin). They are considered to represent the so called “second”, that is, the scientific discovery of the Americas. Humboldt’s Travel Diaries consist of approximately 4000 pages, densely annotated and filled with sketches and drawings by Humboldt. The purchase of the Travel Diaries was made possible by the generous support of several public and private sponsors.

The ceremony’s speakers will be: Hermann Parzinger (Presindet of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation), Continue reading

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: “Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]“, Cuiabá

Conference Poster (JPEG)

Conference Programm (PDF)

Um simpósio interdisciplinar e transregional

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: "Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]", Cuiabá

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: “Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]“, Cuiabá

The 3-day international conference focuses on the German-Russian traveler and naturalist Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff and will take place at Auditório do Centro Cultural da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso.

The conference is hosted by the Nucleo de Documentaçao e Informaçao Histórica Regional (NDIHR), the Research Group HISARCIPO and POINTS. It is supported by the Universidade Federal do Matto Grosso, the initiative Alemanha + Brasil 2013-2014, and the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

Programm (Portuguese)

03/12/2014

Credenciamento / Abertura / Recepção dos convidados

Conferência de Abertura: “O debate europeu sobre as ciências e as expedições científicas na América do Sul”

Conferencista: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette, Universität Potsdam (teórico da literatura)

03/13/2014

Manhã

Mesa: Contribuições da Expedição Langsdorff às Ciências Naturais

Palestra: Os estudos zoológicos na Expedição Langsdorff – Prof. Dr. Jader Marinho Filho, UnB (zoólogo) Continue reading

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Emine Sevgi Özdamar on Berlin, translingual poetics and literatures without a fixed abode (German)

Wegbeschreibungen [Narratives of movement]. Ein Interview mit Emine Sevgi Özdamar on Vimeo.

Interview with the author of “Das Leben ist eine Karawanserei” [Life is a Carawanserai] and “Die Brücke vom Goldenen Horn” [The Bridge of the Golden Horn] Emine Sevgi Özdamar. The interview was conducted in German and filmed in the winter of 2012 at the foyer of the famous Berlin theatre Volksbühne. In conversation with Jan Homberg, Emine Sevgi Özdamar tells the story of her first years in Berlin and reflects upon the poetics of her writings and the criss-crossing of languages that is so typical for her literary work. Continue reading

09/08-09/12/2014: “15th ALEG International Conference”, Curitiba

Germanística e Letras em diálogo. Alemão para a América Latina / Germanística y Letras en diálogo. Alemán para Latinoamérica [German Studies in Dialogue. German for Latin America]

Conference Homepage (German/Portuguese/Spanish)

09/08-09/12/2014: "15th ALEG International Conference", Curitiba

09/08-09/12/2014: “15th ALEG International Conference”, Curitiba

The 15th International Conference of ALEG – Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios Germanísticos [Latin American Association of German Studies] will be held at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, from September 8 to September 12, 2014.

20 working sections have been constituted in the areas Literary Studies, Linguistics, German as a Foreign Language (DaF), and Translation Studies. There is still time to participate in the Call for Papers. Official deadline is February 14, 2014.

Keynote speakers will be: Ortrud Gutjahr, Selma Meireles, Claus Altmayer, Lila Bujaldón de Esteves, Rüdiger Görner, Paul Michael Lützeler, Ottmar Ette, Ernest Hess-Lüttich, Mauricio Cardozo, Karen Schramm, Carmen Schier, Willi Bolle, Christian Fandrych, Klaus-Michael Bogdal, and Karin Kleppin.

The organizing team of ALEG 2014 in Curitiba is led by Paulo Soethe, President of ALEG and director of the Center for International Cooperation Brazil-Germany (CCIBA) at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil.

01/30-01/31/2014, International Conference: “América Latina y la Literatura Mundial” [Latin America and World Literature], Köln

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German/Spanish)

01/30-01/31/2014, International Conference: "América Latina y la Literatura Mundial" [Latin America and World Literature], Köln

01/30-01/31/2014, International Conference: “América Latina y la Literatura Mundial” [Latin America and World Literature], Köln

The 2-day international conference focuses on “mercado editorial, redes globales y la invención de un continente” [economics of publishing, global networks and the invention of a continent] and is part of the Research Project “Constructions of World Literature and the Politics of Publishing”.

The conference is hosted by the Romance Department at the Universität zu Köln and the Department of Hispanic Philology at the Universitat de Barcelona. It is organized by Gesine Müller (Universität zu Köln) and Dunia Gras (Universitat de Barcelona) with support of the Global South Study Center Cologne (GSSC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Program (Spanish/German)

Jueves, 30 de enero

Lugar: Universität zu Köln, Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Köln – Seminargebäude, Raum 106

08:45–09:05 Gesine Müller (Köln) y Dunia Gras (Barcelona): Palabras de Bienvenida e Introducción

09:05–09:15 Barbara Potthast (Global South Studies Center Cologne): Palabras de Bienvenida

09:15–10:00 Keynote Julio Ortega (Brown, Providence): La lectura transatlántica: Paradigma dialógico de la historia cultural latinoamericana Continue reading

3-year Research Project on Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries announces Openings at the University of Potsdam, Germany

Announcement of Openings

Detail of Julius Schrader's portrait "Alexander von Humboldt", 1859 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Detail of Julius Schrader’s portrait “Alexander von Humboldt”, 1859 (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Chair of French- and Spanish-speaking Literatures (Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette) at the Institute for Romance Languages and Literatures of the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Potsdam announces 5 openings in the context of a new BMBF project entitled “Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel diaries: Genealogy, Chronology, and Epistemology.”

The following three-year positions are available for February 1, 2014:

  • 1 Postdoctoral Research Assistantship (full-time, 40 hours/week) [155/2013]
  • 1 Postdoctoral Research Assistantship (half-time, 20 hours/week) [156/2013]
  • 3 Pre-doctoral Research Assistantships (full-time/40 hours/week) [157/2013]

Salaries for all positions are competitive (E 13 and E 14 in the German context).

In the context of this transdisciplinary project (under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette), the following research disciplinary foci are most desirable: literary studies, visual studies, history of science, geography. The expected outcome for each position is either a completed doctoral dissertation or a publishable monograph.

Tasks

  • write a dissertation or monograph in the context of the above project.
  • help organize conferences/workshops about the topic of the BMBF project.
  • assist in preparing scholarly editions and/or collections.
  • collaborate with the project’s partners (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) Continue reading

3-year Research Project at Universität Potsdam to follow the purchase of Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries

Last wednesday, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) announced in a press release the purchase of Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries (for more information on the purchase and the German and international press reactions see avhumboldt.de).

Together with the purchase, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is funding a joint research programm by the Universität Potsdam and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Starting in 2014, Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) will lead a research group of at least five researchers (doc and postdoc level) to work on the material, cultural, and epistemological significance of Humboldt’s travel diaries, which can be considered the foundation of what Ottmar Ette has coined as Humboldtian Writing”.

Travel Diary VIIbb/c, 410r: Sketch of Plate 51 of Humboldt's "Vues des Cordillères", outline of the Mountain Corazón, the dashed line indicating orographic snow line. In his adjacent note, Humboldt describes the location of the mountain in the surroundings of Quito. © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PK / Fotostelle

Travel Diary VIIbb/c, 410r: Sketch of Plate 51 of Humboldt’s “Vues des Cordillères”, outline of the Mountain Corazón, the dashed line indicating orographic snow line. In his adjacent note, Humboldt describes the location of the mountain in the surroundings of Quito. © Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – PK / Fotostelle

At the same time, the project includes the complete digitization of both the volumes of Humboldt’s diaries as well as the entire literary estate, currently available in the archives of the Staatsbibliothek. Taken together, both initiatives will provide a new ground for current and future research on the history of European science in the 19th century in general and Alexander von Humboldt Studies in particular.

The purchase of the travel diaries was funded by a consortium of both public and private institutions. The nine leather-bound books will be presented to the public in an official ceremony early 2014.

11/30-12/01/2013, Conference: “Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization, and Textualization]“, Potsdam

Schrift-Bilder und Bild-Schriften im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts
[Text-Image and Image-Text in 19th century France]

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

11/30-12/01/2013, Conference: "Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization, and Textualization]", Potsdam

11/30-12/01/2013, Conference: “Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization, and Textualization]“, Potsdam

Conference organized by Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) and Gesine Müller (Universität zu Köln), together with the Research Training Group „Sichtbarkeit und Sichtbarmachung. Hybride Formen des Bildwissens“, the Emmy Noether Independent Research Group „Koloniale Transferprozesse in der Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts“, and POINTS (Potsdamer Internationales Netzwerk für TransArea-Studien).

Program (in German)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

9:00 – 09:15 Begrüßung
Gesine Müller und Ottmar Ette

09:15 – 10:00 Auftakt
Ottmar Ette, Potsdam: Hand-Schrift, Schrift-Bild, Bilder-Schrift: zur Kunst der Sichtbarmachung in Alexander von Humboldts Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern

Theoretische und gesamtperspektivische Annäherungen

10:00 – 10:45 Joseph Jurt, Freiburg/Basel: Schwestern oder Rivalinnen? Zum Verhältnis des künstlerischen und des literarischen Feldes im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts

10:45 – 11:15 Kaffeepause Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” [Landscapes of theory], konstanz university press 2013

Book details

Book: Ette, Ottmar: "Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie" [Landscapes of theory], konstanz university press 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” [Landscapes of theory], konstanz university press 2013

Ottmar Ette: Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie. Paderborn: Konstanz University Press 2013.

153 Seiten, 30 s/w Abb.
ISBN 978-3-86253-038-0
16.90 Euro / CHF 23.90

Book flyer (publishing house)

Book flyer (including all mongraphs by Ottmar Ette)

About the book (in German)

»Landschaften sind auf Zukunft gestellt: Sie erkunden als Denk- und Schreiblandschaften, was die (sich) bewegenden Horizonte vorgeben und freigeben.«

Landschaften der Theorie erkundet die Denk- und die Schreiblandschaften Roland Barthes. Von den »lebendigen Dingen« in diesen Landschaften bis hin zu einer Theorie des lebendigen Textes werden die literarischen, die kulturtheoretischen und kulturellen, die reiseliterarischen und bewegungstheoretischen Dimensionen von Barthes‘ Denken und Schreiben ausgeleuchtet – auf dem Weg zu einer Poetik der Bewegung.

Ottmar Ettes Buch handelt von den in Mythologies entwickelten »lebendigen« Landschaften der Stadt, von den unterschiedlichen Achsen des Wissens, des Wollens und des Könnens in den Visionen vom Eiffelturm und von den Landschaften der Reisen, die Barthes nach Griechenland, Marokko, Japan, China und in die USA unternimmt. Landschaften und Theorie sind hier eng miteinander vernetzt und entfalten ihre prospektive Kraft.

More information

konstanz university press

Ottmar Ette’s personal profile at the University of Potsdam

08/29/2013, Double feature book launch: “LebensMittel” (diaphanes) & “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” (konstanz university press), Basel

08/29/2013, Double feature book launch: "LebensMittel" (diaphanes) & "Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie" (konstanz university press), Basel

08/29/2013, Double feature book launch: “LebensMittel” (diaphanes) & “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” (konstanz university press), Basel

Event flyer (PDF)

The double feature book launch will take place at the Café Frühling in Basel. Two books will be presented:

  • Ottmar Ette, Yvette Sánchez, Veronika Sellier (Hg.): LebensMittel. Essen und Trinken in den Künsten und Kulturen. Zürich: diaphanes 2013.
  • Ottmar Ette: Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie. Paderborn: Konstanz University Press 2013.

The evening follows the motto “Musik, Gespräche, Rezept” [Music, Talks, Recipes]. Its guests are the confectioness Wencke Schmid, the artist Katja Jug, the book editors  (Ottmar Ette/Yvette Sánchez/Veronika Sellier) as well as other authors of LebensMittel.

Time: August 29, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Location: Café Frühling, Klybeckstrasse 69, CH-4057 Basel

08/29/2013, Double feature book launch: "LebensMittel" (diaphanes) & "Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie" (konstanz university press), Basel

08/29/2013, Double feature book launch: “LebensMittel” (diaphanes) & “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” (konstanz university press), Basel

Book details Continue reading

Book: Muranyi, Heike: “Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book Details

Book: Muranyi, Heike: "Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Muranyi, Heike: “Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Muranyi, Heike: Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: edition tranvía – Verlag Walter Frey (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 5) 2013 [212 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 19.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-68-4

Content (in German)

Brasilien, eine Insel? Das vorliegende Buch zeichnet die Tradition nach, welche die Insel – weniger als realer denn als erdachter Raum – im Diskurs über Brasilien hat. Angefangen mit den kartographischen Repräsentationen der Inselmythen Hy-Brasil und Ilha-Brasil ist sie sowohl in der lateinamerikanischen als auch in der europäischen Diskussion präsent und wird zum Träger der Idee eines dynamischen, grenzüberschreitenden Denkens. Dass dieses sich spätestens ab der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts jenseits überkommener Hierarchien zu realisieren beginnt, zeigt die Betrachtung der Europäer Blaise Cendrars, Stefan Zweig, Paulo Rónai, Vilém Flusser und Max Bense und ihrer jeweiligen – gedanklichen und räumlichen – Wege nach Brasilien. Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book details

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): "TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 4) 2013 [252 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 22.00
ISBN: 978-3-938944-71-4

Content (in Spanish)

Los ensayos reunidos en este libro se proponen contribuir a analizar y entender los espacios dinámicos y los movimientos en las AsiAméricas desde una perspectiva transareal. En especial, se ocupan de las conexiones y convivencias transpacíficas y sus representaciones simbólicas, incluyendo la presencia de las Asias en América Latina y de las Américas Latinas en Asia.

Preguntan por el potencial de una América Latina como región de contacto y de cruces culturales en las nuevas constelaciones a partir de la cuarta fase acelerada de globalización. Continue reading

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: “Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]“, Potsdam

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: "Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]", Potsdam

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: “Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]“, Potsdam

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

The workshop is part of a joint research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and the Universidad de Costa Rica, Cost Rica, with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Introduction

This event is both a self-standing, international conference, and, at the same time, the second of two joint meetings by scholars from Germany, Costa Rica, and Honduras in order to further develop the combined research efforts. The first meeting took place in San José, Costa Rica, in late 2012.

The discussed project “Convivencia en la diferencia” seeks to analyze and better understand the intricate notion of conviviality in difference, most likely one of the most urgent issues of contemporary societies in Central America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. This is especially true as these (like all) societies are facing the challenges of a new phase of accelerated globalization, in which matters of peaceful conviviality in difference have come to a crucial point.

The conference aims at further developing an international research project that explores the cultural dimensions implied in the notion of conviviality. This will be done on three levels: theoretical framing, (trans)disciplinary methodology, and, finally, spatiotemporal specification of the phenomena to be studied.

Program

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

14:00-14:15 Ottmar Ette: Begrüßung

14:15-15:00 Werner Mackenbach (Universidad de Costa Rica): ¿Memoriales del futuro? El papel de las narrativas de la memoria en Centroamérica y el Caribe para una convivencia después de los conflictos armados Continue reading

06/19/2013, Book launch: “LebensMittel. Essen und Trinken in den Künsten und Kulturen (diaphanes)”, Berlin

The launch of the book LebensMIttel. Essen und Trinken in den Künsten und Kulturen will take place at the Berlin residence of the Zürich based diaphanes independent publisher. All three editors will be present at the event in Berlin Kreuzberg: Ottmar Ette, Yvette Sánchez, and Veronika Sellier.

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: diaphanes Berlin, Dresdener Straße 118, 10999 Berlin

06/19/2013, Book launch: "LebensMittel. Essen und Trinken in den Künsten und Kulturen (diaphanes)", Berlin

06/19/2013, Book launch: “LebensMittel. Essen und Trinken in den Künsten und Kulturen (diaphanes)”, Berlin

Book details

Ottmar Ette, Yvette Sánchez, Veronika Sellier (Hg.): LebensMittel. Essen und Trinken in den Künsten und Kulturen. Zürich: diaphanes 2013.

256 Seiten, Broschur, zahlr. Abb.
ISBN 978-3-03734-381-4
20,00  Euro / CHF 25,00 Continue reading

06/20-06/22/2013, International Conference: “Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie [After Hybridity. Futures of Cultural Theory]“, Potsdam

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

International Conference organized by Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) and Uwe Wirth (Justig-Liebig-Universität Gießen), together with the Institute for Latin American Studies (Freie Universität Berlin), the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture (Gießen) and the International Research Training Group “Between Spaces. Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation” (Freie Universität Berlin).

06/20-06/22/2013, International Conference: "Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie [After Hybridity. Futures of Cultural Theory]", Potsdam

06/20-06/22/2013, International Conference: “Nach der Hybridität. Zukünfte der Kulturtheorie [After Hybridity. Futures of Cultural Theory]“, Potsdam

Program (in German)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

14:30 Uhr Begrüßung Ottmar Ette (Potsdam)

15:00 Uhr Uwe Wirth (Gießen): »Hybridität und Pfropfung als Kulturmodell« Continue reading

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: “Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]“, Potsdam

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Homepage

Conference Flyer (PDF)

International Conference organized by Sergio Ugalde Quintana (UNAM, Universität Potsdam) and Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Time and Place

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

Universität Potsdam
Campus am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: "Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]", Potsdam

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: “Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]“, Potsdam

Program (in Spanisch/German)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

9:30 Begrüßung – Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) und Sergio Ugalde (UNAM/Universität Potsdam)

9:45-11:15 Keynote – Luiz Costa Lima (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro): “Starting from scratch or Commençons à zero” Continue reading

06/07-06/09/2013, International Conference: “LebensLust. Vom élan vital in den Künsten und Wissenschaften [Lust for Life. On the élan vital in the arts and sciences]“, Romainmôtier

International Conference organized by Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), Veronika Sellier (Migros, Zürich), and Yvette Sánchez (Universität St. Gallen). The conference will be held at the cultural centre and artists residence L’arc – Littérature et atelier de réflexion contemporaine in the Swiss town Romainmôtier.

06/07-06/09/2013, International Conference: "LebensLust. Vom élan vital in den Künsten und Wissenschaften [Lust for Life. On the élan vital in the arts and sciences]", L'arc Romainmôtier

06/07-06/09/2013, International Conference: “LebensLust. Vom élan vital in den Künsten und Wissenschaften [Lust for Life. On the élan vital in the arts and sciences]“, Romainmôtier

Program (in German)

Friday, June 7, 2013

17:00 Uhr  – Begrüßung & Einführung: Veronika Sellier/Yvette Sánchez/Ottmar Ette
Kurze Vorstellungsrunde

17:30 Uhr – Eröffnungsvortrag Ottmar Ette: “Von der genießenden Wissenschaft zur Ästhetik der Lust. Positionen der Literatur(wissenschaft) und ihres Lebenswissens”

18:30 Uhr – Apéro & Abendessen

20:30 Uhr – José Oliver: Lesung aus seinen neuesten Büchern -  Gedichte (fahrtenschreiber) und Essays (Mein andalusisches Schwarzwalddorf) Continue reading

05/30-31/05/2013, Conference: “Nuevos tiempos, nuevas profesiones [New times, new professions]“, Madrid

Conference Poster

Conference Homepage

Conference Flyer with abstracts (PDF)

Conference organized by the Instituto de Historia (CCHS) of the Spanish State Agency Conesjo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

Time and Place

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Friday, May 31, 2013
Sala Menéndez Pidal 0E18

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
C/Albasanz, 26-28. Madrid 28037, Spain

05/30-31/05/2013, Conference: "Nuevos tiempos, nuevas profesiones", Madrid

05/30-31/05/2013, Conference: “Nuevos tiempos, nuevas profesiones”, Madrid

Program (in Spanish)

Thursday, May 30, 2013

9.15 Presentación

CONCEPTOS TEÓRICOS (moderación: Agustín Guimerá)

9.30 Alicia Perea: Cambio tecnológico versus cambio social Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Viellogische Philologie. Die Literaturen der Welt und das Beispiel einer transarealen peruanischen Literatur”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book details

Ottmar Ette: Viellogische Philologie. Die Literaturen der Welt und das Beispiel einer transarealen peruanischen Literatur. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey - edition tranvía (POINTE essay, Bd. 1) 2013 [169 p.]

Ottmar Ette: Viellogische Philologie. Die Literaturen der Welt und das Beispiel einer transarealen peruanischen Literatur. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE essay, Bd. 1) 2013 [169 p.]

Ottmar Ette: Viellogische Philologie. Die Literaturen der Welt und das Beispiel einer transarealen peruanischen Literatur. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE essay, Bd. 1) 2013 [169 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 14.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-70-7

Content (in German)

Das viellogische System der Literaturen der Welt ist nicht von einem einzigen Ort aus erfunden worden, wurde nicht von einem einzigen Raum aus verbreitet, sondern verfügt über die verschiedensten kulturellen wie geographischen Herkünfte. Das Wissen der Literaturen der Welt ist ein nachhaltiges Wissen; es wird aufbewahrt, aber nicht aufgebahrt, denn es befindet sich in ständiger Bewegung. Es wird gerade dadurch konserviert, daß es unablässig transformiert wird. Continue reading

05/28/2013, Workshop: “Alexander von Humboldt in English”, Potsdam

05/28/2013, Workshop: "Alexander von Humboldt in English", Potsdam

05/28/2013, Workshop: “Alexander von Humboldt in English”, Potsdam

Humboldt workshop in Potsdam

The Alexander von Humboldt in English (HiE) research group will meet at the Universität Potsdam, Germany, for a public workshop. There will be four presentations and group discussion.

Vera M. Kutzinski (Vanderbilt University):
“Why Alexander von Humboldt in English?”

Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo (University of Texas, Austin):
“Researching Humboldt’s Intellectual Networks”

Tobias Kraft (Universität Potsdam):
“Editing Humboldt in the Digital Age”

Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam):
“Alexander von Humboldt‘s travel diaries: challenges and prospects”

Workshop flyer (PDF, 1,4 MB) Continue reading

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas“, Chicago University Press 2012

Book Details

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas“, Chicago University Press 2012

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas“, Chicago University Press 2012

Humboldt, Alexander von: Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. A Critical Edition. Edited with an Introduction by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Translated by J. Ryan Poynter. With Annotations by Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo and Tobias Kraft. Chicago – London: The University of Chicago Press 2012 [618 + xxxvii p.]

Content

In 2012, the Chicago University Press published the second volume of the HiE – Alexander von Humboldt in English series. The new critical edition is available online and in the bookstores since January 2013.

This new edition is a key contribution not only to Mesoamerican and Cultural Studies or to the history of science, but also to indigenous and postcolonial studies: Continue reading

03/05-03/07/2013, Conference/PhD Workshop: “Verlag Macht Weltliteratur” [Publisher Power World Literature], Marbach

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

03/05-03/07/2013, Conference/PhD Workshop: "Verlag Macht Weltliteratur" [Publisher Power World Literature], Marbach (© DLA-Marbach)

03/05-03/07/2013, Conference/PhD Workshop: “Verlag Macht Weltliteratur” [Publisher Power World Literature], Marbach (© DLA-Marbach)

The 3-day event is the fifth research encounter in a series of “Forschungstreffen Suhrkamp/Insel”, hosted by the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. The combined conference and young researcher’s workshop is organized by the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and Gesine Müller (Universität Potsdam) with support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and further funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

The conference title “Publisher Power World Literature” aims to tackle several questions:

How come that some literary works turn successful and become part of the canon of world literature? What is the role of publishing strategies, translation processes, and the international book market in pushing authors and their works? Focusing on the literary networks between Germany and Latin America, both scholars and central participants of the literary field explore literary production from a transnational perspective. Continue reading

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Gesine Müller on TransArea Studies and the Transcolonial Caribbean (German)

Aufbrüche aus dem Zentrum oder Literatur(en) jenseits des Tellerrandes. Gesine Müller über TransArea Studies on Vimeo.

Interview with Gesine Müller, Head of the DFG-Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Transcolonial Caribbean” at the Universität Potsdam, Germany. The interview was conducted in German and filmed in 2012 at the “Tempelhofer Freiheit” on the ground of the former Tempelhof Airport, Berlin. In conversation with Benjamin Loy, Gesine Müller explains and reflects upon the theoretical approach of TransArea Studies and her research focus “Transcolonial Caribbean”. On this subject, Müller has published in 2012 her monograph Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] (De Gruyter).

The video interview was drafted, prepared, and produced by Benjamin Loy, Sarah Wiesenthal, and Catharina Wirsching. It is the result of the project seminar “Broadcasting Science: Video-Interviews zu Schlüsselkonzepten der TransArea Studies” (instructor: Tobias Kraft) and is part of the Master Degree studies program for Romance Studies at the Universität Potsdam.

Technical assistance and consulting: Audiovisuelles Zentrum (AVZ), Universität Potsdam

01/31-02/02/2013, International Symposium: “Estudios transandinos – Transandean studies”, Bochum

01/31-02/02/2013, International Symposium: "Estudios transandinos – Transandean studies", Bochum

01/31-02/02/2013, International Symposium: “Estudios transandinos – Transandean studies”, Bochum

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Homepage (Spanish/German)

The 3-day conference is part of a larger research project on Transandean studies, currently led by Marco Thomas Bosshard (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Vicente Bernaschina Schürrmann (Universität Potsdam). In its theoretical framework, this symposium is the first of its kind, bringing together scholars from Mexico, Italy, Germany, USA, Brazil, the Netherlands, Bolivia, and Spain to tackle a variety of crucial questions about the region:

How is the cultural space of the Andes perceived by the politics, the societies, and the scholarship of the different countries in the Andean region? As the ones who have mainly shaped the transnacional character of the cultural Andean space, where do the indigenous communities fit in? How can this cultural space be modeled, (re)constructed, and be filled with life?

Conference Program

Thursday, January 31 2013, Tagungsraum 1, Mensa Ebene 01

10.15 hrs. Apertura del simposio: Ralf Klabunde, Decano de la Facultad de Letras

10.30 hrs. Marco Thomas Bosshard (Bochum): Introducción

10.45 hrs. Conferencia de inauguración: Ottmar Ette (Potsdam): Estudios transareales y estudios transandinos Continue reading

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Ottmar Ette on TransArea Studies (English subtitles)

TransArea: Ottmar Ette on Caribbean Literatures, Fractal Gardens and Tropical Microcosms on Vimeo.

Transcript

Ottmar Ette (OE): My name is Ottmar Ette, I was born in the Black Forest region of Germany and was raised bilingually. I live in Potsdam, though not here in the Botanical Garden. I have been working here in Potsdam for many years, studying the works of Alexander von Humboldt for over three decades. Humboldt was very familiar with gardens like this one. So this is a very special place for me. I would describe myself as a scholar in Comparative and Romance literature, and I have always understood Romance Studies to be a global science. It has fascinated me since my days as a student and still does today.
I wrote my PhD thesis on a Cuban poet and my „Habilitation“ on a French theoretician. I am passionate about what I do, and I try to share that passion with others.

Nina Hübner (NH): Thank you so much for this nice introduction, Mr. Ette. As you just mentioned, we are sitting here in the Botanical Garden of the University of Potsdam. We chose this place because you have been working for many years now on the tropics and the Caribbean. You recently published a book concerned with TransArea Studies.
In a nutshell: What exactly does TransArea mean? Continue reading

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Ottmar Ette on TransArea Studies (German)

TransArea: Ottmar Ette über karibische Literaturen, fraktale Gärten und tropische Mikrokosmen on Vimeo.

Interview with Ottmar Ette, Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature at the Universität Potsdam, Germany. The interview was conducted in German and filmed in 2012 at the Botanical Garden, Potsdam. In it, Ottmar Ette explains and reflects upon his concept of TransArea Studies. On this subject, Ette published in 2012 his monograph TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter).

The video interview was drafted, prepared, and produced by Jan Schmieder, Maria-Anna Schiffers, Nina Hübner, and Sebastián Roldán. It is the result of the project seminar “Broadcasting Science: Video-Interviews zu Schlüsselkonzepten der TransArea Studies” (instructor: Tobias Kraft) and is part of the Master Degree studies program for Romance Studies at the Universität Potsdam.

Technical assistance and consulting: Audiovisuelles Zentrum (AVZ), Universität Potsdam

Promising workshop in San José sets roadmap for joint research in 2013

The workshop was organized by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica

The workshop was organized by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica

Researchers from different universities of Costa Rica, Honduras, and Germany met during a two-day workshop (11/30-12/01/2012) in San José, Costa Rica, to outline the roadmap for a joint international research project to be financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation). The workshop was both of strategical and academic nature, with several presentations of individual and group research activities by different participants.

With several internal deadlines to further specify the character of the research project “Convivencia en la diferencia”, the workshop participants agreed on the terms for the second meeting, this time in Potsdam, Germany, to be held from July 4, to July 6, 2013.

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Ottmar Ette appointed as member of the Advisory Board at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies

Ottmar Ette, Chair of Romance and Comparative Literature at the Universität Potsdam, was recently appointed as member of the Advisory Board at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies.

The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies is an inter- and transdisciplinary research institution at the Universität Bayreuth, Germany. It started its operations on October 1, 2012, focusing on “Future Africa – Visions in transformation”. The research focus “Future Africa” has a duration of four years (2012-2016) in its first stage and receives financial support from the Federal Ministry of Research and Education.

The Academy’s official inauguration will take place on December 3, 2012, presenting the structure, design, and scope of its projects, activities, and research groups. Continue reading

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: “Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica”, San José, Costa Rica

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: "Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica", San José, Costa Rica

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: "Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica", San José, Costa Rica

The workshop is part of a joint research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and the Universidad de Costa Rica, Cost Rica, with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Introduction

This workshop is the first of two joint meetings by scholars from Costa Rica and Germany in order to further develop the combined research efforts. The project “Convivencia en la diferencia” seeks to analyze and better understand the intricate notion of conviviality in difference, most likely one of the most urgent issues of contemporary societies in Central America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. This is especially true as these (like all) societies are facing the challenges of a new phase of accelerated globalization, in which matters of peaceful conviviality in difference have come to a crucial point.

The workshop aims at jointly developing an international research project that explores the cultural dimensions implied in the notion of conviviality. This will be done on three levels: theoretical framing, (trans)disciplinary methodology, and, finally, spatiotemporal specification of the phenomena to be studied.

Participants

Alice Pérez, Cecilia Díaz Oreiro, Juan José Marín, Ottmar Ette, Werner Mackenbach, Ronny Viales, David Díaz, Gesine Müller, Tobias Kraft, and others.

Participating institutions

  • Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Institut für Romanistik, Universität Potsdam

together with the following departments and research groups of the Universidad de Costa Rica

  • Posgrado Centroamericano de Historia
  • Doctorado en Estudios de la Sociedad y la Cultura
  • Centro de Investigación en Comunicación (CICOM)
  • Centro de Investigación en Identidad y Cultura Latinoamericanas (CIICLA)

Introduction (in Spanish, longer Version)

El taller procurará analizar la problemática de la convivencia en la diferencia, temática que es probablemente uno de los desafíos más profundos que se presenta a las sociedades Centroamericanas y del Caribe del siglo XXI. Si bien, puede argumentarse que la convivencia es un eterno problema de la condición humana, omnipresente a lo largo de la historia e igualmente sin soluciones definitivas; no obstante, sigue siendo vigente, más aún hoy cuando se vive una nueva fase de globalización acelerada, donde este tema no se puede dejar de plantear ya que de sus posibilidades de solución dependerá, en gran parte, la supervivencia de la especie humana. Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): “Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium”, Iberoamericana – Vervuert 2012

Book details

Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium. Madrid - Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana - Vervuert 2012

Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium. Madrid - Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana - Vervuert 2012

Ette, Ottmar / Müller, Gesine (ed.): Worldwide. Archipels de la mondialisation. Archipiélagos de la globalización. A TransArea Symposium. Madrid – Frankfurt am Main: Iberoamericana – Vervuert 2012 [416 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 29.80
ISBN: 9788484896708

Content

The present volume discusses the historical traces of transarea literatures and cultures in prospective ways. Their future has long‐since begun, as has the future of their theoretical models.

Content (in Spanish) Continue reading

Book: Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): “Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas”, Verlag Walter Frey 2012.

Book details

Book: Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): "Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas", Verlag Walter Frey 2012.

Book: Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): “Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas”, Verlag Walter Frey 2012.

Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 3) 2012 [295 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 19.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-63-9

Content

If Alexander von Humboldt’s writings opened up exciting cultural spaces in his time, they can certainly do so again in our own day. As the twenty-first century addresses the problems of intercultural violence, environmental devastation, social justice, and global climate change, the tools and perspectives Humboldt developed and popularized may offer useful resources to meet challenges that he himself already foresaw. Continue reading

Olivier Remaud receives the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award to strengthen ties with the University of Potsdam

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for joint research on cosmopolitanism

Olivier Remaud (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS, Paris)

Olivier Remaud (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS, Paris)

Nominated on behalf of Ottmar Ette (Professor of Comparative and Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam), the French philosopher Olivier Remaud (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – EHESS, Paris) receives the prestigious research award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Award carries a value of 45.000 Euro and is meant to further develop the academic ties between the EHESS and the University of Potsdam.

The French laureate is internationally renowned for his research on social philosophy and political science, focusing especially on cosmopolitanism and cultural theory. To initiate the academic exchange, Remaud will come to Potsdam as a visiting professor starting in April 2013. The same year, a conference will be organized on the main topic of the cooperation: “cosmopolitanism”. Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Kraume, Anne / Mackenbach, Werner / Müller, Gesine (ed): “El caribe como paradigma. Convivencias y coincidencias históricas, culturales y estéticas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2012

Book details

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Kraume, Anne / Mackenbach, Werner / Müller, Gesine (ed): "El caribe como paradigma. Convivencias y coincidencias históricas, culturales y estéticas. Un simposio transareal", Verlag Walter Frey 2012

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Kraume, Anne / Mackenbach, Werner / Müller, Gesine (ed): “El caribe como paradigma. Convivencias y coincidencias históricas, culturales y estéticas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2012

Ette, Ottmar / Kraume, Anne / Mackenbach, Werner / Müller, Gesine (ed): El caribe como paradigma. Convivencias y coincidencias históricas, culturales y estéticas. Un simposio transareal. Berlin: edition tranvía – Verlag Walter Frey (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 2) 2012 [427 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 32.00
ISBN: 978-3-938944-60-8

Content (in Spanish)

A lo largo de las últimas décadas, la región del Gran Caribe ha ido cobrando de forma continuada un gran auge como uno de los lugares privilegiados para la producción de teorías como la négritude, la créolité o la relationalité; y es en ese orden cronológico que se intenta centrar la mirada, concretamente, en la convivencia en las islas de ese archipiélago y de su diáspora, o de desarrollar a partir de ahí categorías universales como las que han propuesto varios intelectuales. Continue reading

Book: Buschmann, Albrecht: “Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil”, De Gruyter 2012

Book details

Buschmann, Albrecht: Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 51) 2012

Buschmann, Albrecht: Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 51) 2012

Buschmann, Albrecht: Max Aub und die spanische Literatur zwischen Avantgarde und Exil [Max Aub and Spanish Literature between Avant-Garde and Exile] Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 51) 2012 [282 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 119.95. RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 168.00
ISBN 978-3-11-025283-5

Content

This book is the first study of the complete works of Max Aub (1903‑1972) in German. On the one hand, the study aims to analyze a representative selection of his complete works based on current theory and thus to make it accessible to a broad academic readership. On the other hand, the focus is on the complete works as an example for the generation of Spanish authors born around 1900 who mostly published their first works in the context of the avant-garde writers of the 1920s. In the course of the politicization of the literary scene in the 1930s and even more in exile, they were increasingly pushed into the role of the committed author who wrote documentary literature. Continue reading

Book: Müller, Gesine: “Transkoloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen”, De Gruyter 2012

Book details

Müller, Gesine: Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 53) 2012

Müller, Gesine: Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 53) 2012

Müller, Gesine: Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 53) 2012 [288 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 89.95
RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 126.00
ISBN: 978-3-11-028159-0

Content

Were phenomena and processes set in motion during the 19th century in the Caribbean of which we are only now becoming fully aware? This examination of the kaleidoscopic world of the Caribbean through the literary and cultural transfer that took place during that epoch offers completely new insights into early processes of cultural globalization. Racist discourses, established models of “white” abolitionists, the politics of memory, and the previously ignored importance of the Haitian revolution come together to form an amalgam that forces us to question our current notion of a purely Western modernity. Continue reading

Event Ticker: the authors of the book series “mimesis” (De Gruyter) present their recent publications in Berlin

06/19/2012
(Ticker by Tobias Kraft)

The evening's panel (from left to right): Albrecht Buschmann, Gesine Müller, Anne Kraume, Ottmar Ette, Frank Hahn, Anke Birkenmaier, Jenny Haase

The evening's panel (from left to right): Albrecht Buschmann, Gesine Müller, Anne Kraume, Ottmar Ette, Frank Hahn, Anke Birkenmaier, Jenny Haase

6:30 p.m. – Frank Hahn, director of the Berlin based cultural association Spree-Athen e.V., inaugurates the evening with reflections on the mimesis book series and its underlying concept.

6:45 p.m. – In his opening comments, the series’ editor Ottmar Ette (Potsdam) reviews the the past decades as a time of memoir discourse, which has been dominating both the artistic production and the theoretical thinking in the humanities.

Today, as Ette argues, literary and cultural studies have gone through a paradigm shift from memoir to knowledge. What is it that literature knows, about man, about cultures, about models and practices of life and conviviality (Zusammenleben)? What is it, ultimately, that literature knows about our lives?

As Ette points out, the subtitle of the series „Romanische Literaturen der Welt“ aims at pluralizing the literary canon in the tradition of Erich Auerbach’s concept of world literature. While Auerbach’s famous study Mimesis focused on models of representing »reality«, the life-centered focus of this series aims at analyzing representations of „lived realities“. These „lived realities“ are examined as models of conviviality in different periods of accelerated globalization. Hence, literatures studied in the mimesis book series are characterized by their prospect as global discourse and their capacity to highlight cultural „polylogics“ (Ette), both in its temporal and spatial unfolding.

7:15 p.m. – Gesine Müller (Potsdam) presents her book on Die koloniale Karibik. Transferprozesse in hispanophonen und frankophonen Literaturen [The Colonial Caribbean. Literary and Cultural Transfer in Hispanic and Francophone Literature] (2012). In her opening remarks, Müller highlights the productivity of 19th century Caribbean literature and their vivid conscience of processes of globalization. Juxtaposed with 20th century discourses on cultural theory and „multiple modernities“, the Caribbean presents itself as a complex (trans)area, continuously negotiating (post)colonial structures and conflicts. The focus of this book is set on the dynamics of cultural transfer in the „long“ 19th century, starting with the French Revolution 1789 and ending 1888 with the abolition of slavery in the colonized West. Continue reading

06/19/2012: members of POINTS present recent books of the “mimesis” series (De Gruyter)

June 19, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Literaturhaus Berlin, Fasanenstraße 23, Berlin-Charlottenburg

»Kaleidoskop der Erinnerung / Kaleidoskop der Zukunft«
Presenting the Books Series mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt (De Gruyter)

Short presentations and panel discussion with Ottmar Ette and selected authors of the book series, including Anke Birkenmaier, Albrecht Buschmann, Jenny Haase, Anne Kraume and Gesine Müller. »Kaleidoskop der Erinnerung / Kaleidoskop der Zukunft« is an event in cooperation with »Spree-Athen«.

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Book: Ette, Ottmar: “TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte”, De Gruyter 2012

Book details

Ette, Ottmar: TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis - Romanische Literaturen der Welt 54) 2012

Ette, Ottmar: TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 54) 2012

Ette, Ottmar: TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 54) 2012 [334 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 99.95. RRP for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 140.00. *
ISBN 978-3-11-028720-2

Content

This volume takes the view that globalization is not a recent phenomenon, but instead an enduring process, marked by four periods of accelerated change. The Early Modern Period in European historiography is linked to our present experience of globalization by way of the diverse global trends that took place during the Age of Modernity. The literatures of the world provide a visceral understanding of that which can only be understood from the perspectives offered by multiple logics – namely, the life of our planet and its inhabitants. The wisdom of literature cannot be replaced by any other kind of knowledge: it is life’s wisdom about life. Continue reading

Pedro Barceló receives the „Catedra de Excelencia“ Award

Pedro Barceló, Professor for Ancient History at the University of Potsdam and member of POINTS, receives the “Catedra de Excelencia” by the University Carlos III de Madrid. The “Catedra” is the highest research prize to be awarded by a Spanish university. Barceló will hold the „Catedra de Excelencia“ from September 2012 to March 2013.

Pedro Barceló (Professor for Ancient History at the University of Potsdam, Germany)

Pedro Barceló (Professor for Ancient History at the University of Potsdam, Germany)

The prestigious “Catedra” is a lifetime achievement award, honoring the academic excellence of an internationally renown scholar. During the time given, the awarded scholar will lead an international research project at the University Carlos III de Madrid and represents his academic field in the public sphere and for the sake of consolidating the bilateral relations. After all, the award is given to forster the academic ties between the researcher’s home university and the awarding institution.

The University Carlos III de Madrid is member of an international Cluster of Excellence and has set up Student Exchange Agreements with 200 Universities from 30 different countries. Founded in 1989, the Spanish institution consists of three schools: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering situated on three different campuses in Getafe, Leganés y Colmenarejo.