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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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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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