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

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

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

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.