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

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

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

Video Lecture by Ottmar Ette: “TransTropics. Alexander von Humboldt and the hemispheric constructions.”

Video Lecture by Ottmar Ette, recorded at the University of Potsdam, Germany on the 15th of January 2009. In his lecture, Ette reflects on Humboldt’s American and Russian travels, Science in the Field and TransArea Studies.

Video Lecture by Ottmar Ette: “National Philologies, Globalization and TransArea Studies”

This lecture was held by Ottmar Ette at the Institut for Aestetiske Fag at the Aarhus Universitet in Denmark on the 14th of December 2007. In his lecture, Ette discusses new paradigms for understanding philology and literature in the context of different periods of accelerated globalization outlining his concept of TransArea Studies.