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.


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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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.

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

Gerson Neumann to lead new research project on “The German Literature in 19th Century Brazil. A Literature of no fixed Abode”

New research project: “The German Literature in 19th Century Brazil. A Literature of no fixed Abode.”

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Gerson Roberto Neumann (Prof. of German Literature and Comparative Literature, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS – Brazil). The project is funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Gerson Roberto Neumann (Prof. of German Literature and Comparative Literatur, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS - Brazil).

Gerson Roberto Neumann (Prof. of German Literature and Comparative Literatur, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS – Brazil).

This project aims at discussing a literature which cannot be incorporated in any history of literature and deals with a literary production in German but written in Brazil. The theme of this literature is the relationship of German immigrants in Brazil and the quest for a new life in this context. This production is neither mentioned in Brazilian literature nor in German literature. It is, due to that reason, a literature without a place, in between two different contexts. Based on both Brazilian and German theories regarding this theme, and also on long discussions at congresses and other events, this issue will be discussed in depth here, aiming at bringing this literary production to a place where it can be seen and heard.

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PROBRAL program to establish research and academic training project between Potsdam and Curitiba

Universidade Federal do Paraná

Universidade Federal do Paraná

The research and academic training project “Archivpelagos Literatur: deutschbrasilianische Inselwelten der Forschung” [Archi-ve-pelago Literature: German-Brazilian Island-Worlds of Research] was given a substantial grant by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (Program PROBRAL, Foundation CAPES) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Starting Januar 2015, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers from the Universität Potsdam will jointly work with Brazilian colleagues from the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) on literary works, authors and intellectual discourses, which have shaped processes of cultural transfer and tranformation between Brazilian and German-speaking individuals and communities since the 19th century. 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

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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

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: “Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]“, Cuiabá

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Um simpósio interdisciplinar e transregional

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: "Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]", Cuiabá

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: “Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]“, Cuiabá

The 3-day international conference focuses on the German-Russian traveler and naturalist Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff and will take place at Auditório do Centro Cultural da Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso.

The conference is hosted by the Nucleo de Documentaçao e Informaçao Histórica Regional (NDIHR), the Research Group HISARCIPO and POINTS. It is supported by the Universidade Federal do Matto Grosso, the initiative Alemanha + Brasil 2013-2014, and the Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq).

Programm (Portuguese)


Credenciamento / Abertura / Recepção dos convidados

Conferência de Abertura: “O debate europeu sobre as ciências e as expedições científicas na América do Sul”

Conferencista: Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette, Universität Potsdam (teórico da literatura)



Mesa: Contribuições da Expedição Langsdorff às Ciências Naturais

Palestra: Os estudos zoológicos na Expedição Langsdorff – Prof. Dr. Jader Marinho Filho, UnB (zoólogo) Continue reading

09/08-09/12/2014: “15th ALEG International Conference”, Curitiba

Germanística e Letras em diálogo. Alemão para a América Latina / Germanística y Letras en diálogo. Alemán para Latinoamérica [German Studies in Dialogue. German for Latin America]

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09/08-09/12/2014: "15th ALEG International Conference", Curitiba

09/08-09/12/2014: “15th ALEG International Conference”, Curitiba

The 15th International Conference of ALEG – Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudios Germanísticos [Latin American Association of German Studies] will be held at the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, from September 8 to September 12, 2014.

20 working sections have been constituted in the areas Literary Studies, Linguistics, German as a Foreign Language (DaF), and Translation Studies. There is still time to participate in the Call for Papers. Official deadline is February 14, 2014.

Keynote speakers will be: Ortrud Gutjahr, Selma Meireles, Claus Altmayer, Lila Bujaldón de Esteves, Rüdiger Görner, Paul Michael Lützeler, Ottmar Ette, Ernest Hess-Lüttich, Mauricio Cardozo, Karen Schramm, Carmen Schier, Willi Bolle, Christian Fandrych, Klaus-Michael Bogdal, and Karin Kleppin.

The organizing team of ALEG 2014 in Curitiba is led by Paulo Soethe, President of ALEG and director of the Center for International Cooperation Brazil-Germany (CCIBA) at the Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil.

Book: Muranyi, Heike: “Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

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Book: Muranyi, Heike: "Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Muranyi, Heike: “Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Muranyi, Heike: Brasilien als insularer Raum. Literarische Bewegungsfiguren im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: edition tranvía – Verlag Walter Frey (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 5) 2013 [212 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 19.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-68-4

Content (in German)

Brasilien, eine Insel? Das vorliegende Buch zeichnet die Tradition nach, welche die Insel – weniger als realer denn als erdachter Raum – im Diskurs über Brasilien hat. Angefangen mit den kartographischen Repräsentationen der Inselmythen Hy-Brasil und Ilha-Brasil ist sie sowohl in der lateinamerikanischen als auch in der europäischen Diskussion präsent und wird zum Träger der Idee eines dynamischen, grenzüberschreitenden Denkens. Dass dieses sich spätestens ab der ersten Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts jenseits überkommener Hierarchien zu realisieren beginnt, zeigt die Betrachtung der Europäer Blaise Cendrars, Stefan Zweig, Paulo Rónai, Vilém Flusser und Max Bense und ihrer jeweiligen – gedanklichen und räumlichen – Wege nach Brasilien. Continue reading