Book: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung: Natur, Kultur, Schreiben [Horizons of Humboldt Studies: Nature, Culture, Writing]“, OLMS 2016

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Book: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung: Natur, Kultur, Schreiben [Horizons of Humboldt Studies. Nature, Culture, Writing]“, OLMS 2016

Ottmar Ette (ed.), Julian Drews (ed.): Horizonte der Humboldt-Froschung: Natur, Kultur Schreiben, (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte Vol. 16, published by OLMS – Hildesheim, Zurich, New York), 2016 [354 p., 5 colored illustrations].

List price Euro [D] 68,00

ISBN: 978-3-487-15443-5

Content (in German):

Alexander von Humboldt gehört um 1810 zu den bekanntesten Wissenschaftlern der Welt. Sein Ruhm beruht in hohem Maß auf seiner Amerikanischen Reise (1799–1804). Seit dem Ankauf der Amerikanischen Reisetagebücher durch die Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz im Jahr 2013 hat die Humboldt-Forschung auf verschiedenen Ebenen neue Impulse erhalten. Inhaltlich bieten die Tagebücher reiches Material u. a. für die Wissenschaftsgeschichte, für die Literaturwissenschaft sowie für Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaften. Die Arbeit mit Manuskripten wirft gleichzeitig Fragen der Erfassung, der Materialität und der Edition auf. Schließlich wird durch die jüngst begonnenen Forschungs-, Sicherungs- und Editionsprojekte die Beschäftigung mit Humboldt auch institutionell intensiviert. Die Beiträge des vorliegenden Bandes spiegeln den engen Zusammenhang all dieser Perspektiven wider und nähern sich Humboldt in seinem Schreiben zwischen Natur- und Kulturwissenschaft als einem hochaktuellen Denker.

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Book: “La Sociabilité européenne des frères Humboldt [The European Sociability of the Brothers Humboldt]“, Éditions rue d’Ulm 2016

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Michel Espagne (ed.): La Sociabilité européenne des frères Humboldt. Paris: Éditions rue d’Ulm, 2016 [15 x 21 cm, 208 p.], 13 €, ISBN 978-2-7288-0547-1

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Espagne, Michel: La sociabilité européenne des frères Humboldt. Éditions rue d'Ulm 2016

Espagne, Michel: La sociabilité européenne des frères Humboldt. Éditions rue d’Ulm 2016

Editor’s information (in French):

L’objet de ce livre est d’aborder les frères Humboldt comme une fratrie, de souligner leur complémentarité et de mettre en évidence leur insertion dans une sociabilité savante européenne. On attribue à Wilhelm (1767-1835) la fondation de l’université de Berlin, à Alexander (1769-1859) la promotion d’un système de recherche scientifique qui se perpétue dans les actions de la fondation qui porte son nom. Le domaine de Wilhelm est la linguistique et la philosophie du langage : ayant écrit en allemand une œuvre composée de textes brefs, il a joui d’une notoriété qui, dans un premier temps au moins, est restée cantonnée à l’Allemagne avant de féconder à travers le monde la pensée des anthropologues. Alexander, qui a largement fait usage de la langue française, et dont le long séjour à Paris est lié à la rédaction de son grand œuvre, s’inscrit d’emblée dans une histoire internationale des savoirs. Ils sont au centre de toute l’histoire des sciences humaines en Europe.

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09/06/2015, Paulo Astor Soethe received Grimm Prize

Literary scholar and expert on the work of the Mann brothers Thomas and Heinrich to receive award.

 

The Brazilian Humboldtian Paulo Astor Soethe has been chosen by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to receive this year’s Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize. The award comes with EUR 10,000 and a one-month research stay in Germany for the literary scholar.

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05/19/2015 Colloquium: “Humboldt-Club Berlin-Brandenburg: German-language Literature in Southern Brazil”, Berlin

On the occasion of the colloquium “German-language Literature in Southern Brazil” Gerson Roberto Neumann (currently Alexander von Humboldt-Fellow at the University of Potsdam), Ottmar Ette (Chair for Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam), and Paulo Astor Soethe (Chair for German and German literature at the Federal University of Paraná in Curitiba)  will discuss status and tendencies of literature written in German language in the context of Southern Brazil. One central argument will be the historical situation of German immigrants in search of a new life in a new ambience.

In addition, the speakers will present current projects and activities concerning various works, authors and intellectual discourses in the context of transatlantic processes of intellectual and literary interchange. They will also focus on the inventories of archives, situated in Brazil and written in German language, that still can be considered as insufficiently investigated by scholarly debate and research.

Location:
Embassy of Brazil, Wallstraße 57, 10179 Berlin
19 May 2015 / 6 pm
Admission free
Language: German
Registration is requested (cultural.berlim@itamaraty.gov.br or Tel. 030-72628 131)


Organization: Humboldt-Club Berlin-Brandenburg

Alexander von Humboldt: A nomad and researcher in the focus of two projects

“Travelling Humboldt – Science on the Move” (AvH–R), based at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities; “Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries” (ART), based at the University of Potsdam and at the German State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation [Deutsche Version]

Studies on Alexander von Humboldt face new challenges and chances: Two projects are dedicated to the digitization, edition and research of those documents and texts that Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) wrote during his travels with the object of further investigation and documentation of his scientific understanding that is still unknown in many aspects.

Julius Schrader (1859): Baron Alexander von Humboldt (1769-–1859), Oil on canvas, 158.8 x 138.1 cm, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Julius Schrader (1859): Baron Alexander von Humboldt (1769-–1859), Oil on canvas, 158.8 x 138.1 cm, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Both projects pursue a transdisciplinary approach to one of the most prominent scientists, writers and philosophers of the nineteenth century. Their goal is to further unravel Humboldt’s understanding of nature and humankind as deeply intertwined with his experiences as a lifelong traveller.

While there still is much to learn about Alexander von Humboldt, there are also some aspects to disband: the separation of “Humboldt the scholar” versus “Humboldt the scientist” isn’t able to meet an approach that shows the inseparable linkage between nature and culture in Humboldt’s works; the historical fixation of Humboldt as last reminiscence of pre-modern science and his monumentalization as the “last polymath” can’t comply with his ways of practicing and linking the ever-expanding branches of modern sciences.

Based on the travel diaries, which in case of the Academy project include the diaries of Humboldt’s trip to the Americas (1799-1804) as well as those of his Russian Expedition (1829), both projects aim to show how movement and travel are clearly interdependent within Humboldt’s theory of knowledge and how his writing could show the possible path to a still up-to-date understanding and conceptualization of a dynamic idea of science.

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