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

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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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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

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.