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

Book Details: 

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

Book Details:

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

On sale from 01/25/2016

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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11/06/2015 Symposium: “Humboldt’sche Wissenschaft im Spannungsfeld zwischen Polen, Brasilien und Deutschland. Ein transareales Symposion [Humboldtian Science between Poland, Brazil and Germany. A transareal Symposium]“, Potsdam.

The symposium is dedicated to Alexander von Humboldt, as well as to the contexts and conditions of Humboldtian science between Poland, Brazil and Germany. Humboldt’s writings are both, objects of cultural studies and model for transdisciplinary and transareally oriented sciences. Constellations of researchers who try to face this challenge do not only depend on the intercultural competence of individual scholars, but also on the intensive collaboration between different institutions exceeding bilateral exchanges. Persons, archives and universities, as places of research and teaching, have to be conceived by understanding their own specific relations of continuity and dynamics. Starting from Alexander von Humboldt’s oeuvre, productivity and opportunities of a trilateral cooperation will be discussed by means of the perspectives of Europe and Latin America. Therefore, the transareal symposium understands itself as a prelude for an intensified circulation of knowledge between Poland, Brazil and Germany in the future.

 

Program (in German):

09:00–09:30 BEGRÜßUNG Ottmar Ette und Julian Drews

09:30–10:00 Zdzisław Pietrzyk (Biblioteka Jagiellońska): „Zur Geschichte der sogenannten Berlinka-Sammlung im Archiv der Biblioteka Jagiellońska“

10:00–10:30 Piotr Tylus (Uniwersytet Jagilelloński): „Les manuscrits littéraires en français ancien (XIIIe-XVe siècles) en provenance de Berlin, à la Bibliothèque Jagellonne de Cracovie“

10:30–11:00 Dominik Erdmann (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin): „‚Ich quäle immer und Danke auch‘ – Alexander von Humboldts Briefe an Eduard Buschmann im Kontext des ‚Nachlass Alexander von Humboldt‘ der Biblioteka Jagiellońska“

11:00–11:30 Kaffeepause

11:30–12:00 Żaneta Kubic (Biblioteka Jagiellońska): „Scientific interests of count Sebastian Sierakowski (1743-1824) with references to Humboldtian science“

12:00–12:30 Aniela Mikołajczyk (Universität Potsdam): „Alexander von Humboldts Manuskript ‚Sur l‘île de Cube. Antilles en général‘ in der Biblioteka Jagiellońska als Vorstufe Humboldt’scher Publikationen“

12:30–14:00 Mittagessen

14:00–14:30 Paulo Astor Soethe (Universidade Federal do Paraná): „Humboldts Ansichten der Sklaverei: Sklavenfiguren als Denkbilder literarischen Wissens“

14:30–15:00 Cettina Rapisarda (Universität Potsdam): „Vulkane – Kontinuität und Wandel eines Themas bei Alexander von Humboldt. Nachlassdokumente aus der Biblioteka Jagiellońska“

15:00–15:30 Izabella Drozdowska-Broering (Universidade Federal do Paraná): „Alexander von Humboldt und die polnische Wissenschafts- und Kulturwelt“

15:30–16:00 Kaffeepause

16:00–16:30 Carsten Eckert (Naturkundemuseum Berlin): „Die Entdeckung von Diamanten im Ural – Kausale Vorhersage vs. selbsterfüllende Prophezeiung in Humboldts geologischem Weltbild“

16:30–17:00 Izabella Drozdowska-Broering und Paulo Astor Soethe (Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba): „Humboldt in Potsdam, Krakau, Curitiba: Perspektiven eines Austauschprogrammes

Papers will be presented in German, French or English language.

Location:

Universität Potsdam – Am Neuen Palais
Haus 8 – Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

A Transarea Symposium in the context of the research project ART (“Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries”), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education, based at the University of Potsdam and the Berlin State Library.

Concept and Organization: Julian Drews, Ottmar Ette, Aniela Mikołajczyk.

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09/25/2015, Conference: “Alexander von Humboldt-Tag 2015: Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung [Alexander-von-Humboldt-Day 2015: Science on the Move]“, Berlin

Program (in German):

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

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

14.00: Uhr: Einführung
Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam, Akademiemitglied)

14.30 Uhr: “Zur Digitalisierung der Alexander von Humboldt-Forschung”, Tobias Kraft (BBAW), Alexander Czmiel (BBAW)

15.00 Uhr: “Alexander von Humboldt und Franz Julius Ferdinand Meyen: Zwischen Poesie und totem Zoo”, Petra Werner (BBAW)

15.30 Uhr: “Das große A und andere Fundstücke: Zur  (Un-)Ordnung in Humboldts Tagebüchern”, Ulrike Leitner (BBAW)

16.00 Uhr: Pause

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05/27/2015, Symposium: “2nd Alexander von Humboldt Symposium: Research and Edition (Forschen und Edieren)”, Potsdam

A Symposium in the context of ART (“Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries”), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education.

The Humboldt Symposium wants to connect projects and researchers focussing on Alexander von Humboldt. In this context, members of the joint research project ART (“Alexander von Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries”), based at the University of Potsdam and the Berlin State Library, as well as members of the long-term project “Travelling Humboldt – Science on the Move”, situated at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, will present and discuss their respective work. The debate will include issues concerning edition, as well as literary, cultural and historical research. The importance of Alexander von Humboldt and his writings for the 21st century and the scientific examination of his estate are further topics of the meeting.

Concept and Organization: Ottmar Ette and Julian Drews.

Program (in German)

Presentations in German and French.

2nd AvH-Symposion: Research and Edition

2nd AvH-Symposion: Research and Edition

09:00-09:15Uhr Begrüßung und Einführung Ottmar Ette und Julian Drews.

09:15-09:45 Uhr Matthias Thiele (Dortmund): “‘Im Angesicht der Dinge’: Ambulatorische Aufzeichnungspraktiken und Schreibtechniken des Notierens bei Alexander von Humboldt und Adelbert von Chamisso”.

09:45-10:15 Uhr Julian Drews (Potsdam): “Colomb: (auto)biographisches Schreiben zu Alexander von Humboldt”.

10:15-10:45 Uhr Julia Voss (Frankfurt am Main): “Alexander von Humboldt als Zeichner”.

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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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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

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)

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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

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

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

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.

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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.
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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.

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”

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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

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

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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

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

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Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Humboldt, Alexander von: Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. A Critical Edition. Edited with an Introduction by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Translated by J. Bradford Anderson, Vera M. Kutzinski, and Anja Becker. With Annotations by Tobias Kraft, Anja Becker, and Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo. Chicago – London: The University of Chicago Press 2011 [519 p.]

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The research Alexander von Humboldt amassed during his five-year trek through the Americas in the early nineteenth-century proved foundational to the fields of botany, geography, and geology. But his visit to Cuba during this time yielded observations that extended far beyond the natural world. Political Essay on the Island of Cuba is a physical and cultural study of the island nation. In it, Humboldt denounces colonial slavery on both moral and economic grounds and stresses the vital importance of improving intercultural relations throughout the Americas. Continue reading

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Kritische Untersuchung zur historischen Entwicklung der geographischen Kenntnisse von der Neuen Welt und den Fortschritten der nautischen Astronomie im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert […]“, Insel 2009

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Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: "Kritische Untersuchung zur historischen Entwicklung der geographischen Kenntnisse von der Neuen Welt und den Fortschritten der nautischen Astronomie im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert...", Insel 2009

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: "Kritische Untersuchung zur historischen Entwicklung der geographischen Kenntnisse von der Neuen Welt und den Fortschritten der nautischen Astronomie im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert...", Insel 2009

Alexander von Humboldt: Kritische Untersuchung zur historischen Entwicklung der geographischen Kenntnisse von der Neuen Welt und den Fortschritten der nautischen Astronomie im 15. und 16. Jahrhundert. Mit dem geographischen und physischen Atlas der Äquinoktial-Gegenden des Neuen Kontinents Alexander von Humboldts sowie dem Unsichtbaren Atlas der von ihm untersuchten Kartenwerke. Mit einem vollständigen Namen- und Sachregister. Nach der Übersetzung aus dem Französischen von Julius Ludwig Ideler ediert und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Ottmar Ette. Frankfurt am Main – Leipzig: Insel Verlag 2009 [534 p.] Continue reading

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.

01/15-01/17/2009, Conference: “Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere”, Nashville

Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere

01/15 -01/17/2009, Conference: "Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere", Nashville, USA

01/15 -01/17/2009, Conference: "Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere", Nashville, USA

Working Conference at the Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, USA

SPONSORS:

Center for the Americas + Alexander von Humboldt Foundation + Gerda Henkel Foundation + Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Atlanta Office + Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt + Department of History at Vanderbilt + Department of English at Vanderbilt

ORGANIZERS:

Vera Kutzinski, Vanderbilt University
Ottmar Ette, University of Potsdam
Laura Dassow Walls, University of South Carolina

THURSDAY 15 of January 2000

7 p.m. Opening Reception at Buttrick Hall Atrium

8 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Vera M. Kutzinski English and Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt, USA

Lutz Goergens Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Atlanta Office

Keynote by Ottmar Ette: “TransTropics: Alexander von Humboldt’s constructions of the American Hemisphere” See the video lecture on Ottmar Ette’s keynote
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Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Kosmos. Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung”, Ediert und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Ottmar Ette und Oliver Lubrich. Eichborn Verlag 2004

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Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: "Kosmos. Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung", Ediert und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Ottmar Ette und Oliver Lubrich. Eichborn Verlag 2004

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: "Kosmos. Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung", Ediert und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Ottmar Ette und Oliver Lubrich. Eichborn Verlag 2004

Alexander von Humboldt: Kosmos. Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung. Ediert und mit einem Nachwort versehen von Ottmar Ette und Oliver Lubrich. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn Verlag (Die Andere Bibliothek) 2004 [944 + XXXII p.] 2. Auflage 2004. 3. Auflage 2004.

[Mit Berghaus-Atlas, 94 Tafeln im Original-Kolorit – im Schuber.]

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Während die Bibel im Supermarkt verramscht wird, ist Humboldts Gegenentwurf zur Heiligen Schrift selbst in den größten Buchhandlungen kaum zu finden. Soviel zur deutschen Wissensgesellschaft. Armes Deutschland! Humboldts Kosmos gehört zum unverzichtbaren Kanon unserer Zivilisation und die Zeit ist reif, dieses Werk wieder auf die Tagesordnung zu setzen. Die Bedeutung des Kosmos kann nicht besser beschrieben werden als mit Humboldts eigenen Worten: Continue reading