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

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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