12/14/2016 – 12/16/2016, Conference: “Übergänge: Theorien und Praktiken der Literaturen der Welt [Passages: Theories and Practices of World Literatures]“, Potsdam

Anniversary Ceremony and Conference in Honor of Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette

Detailed Program

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Location: University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais 10, Haus 8, Auditorium & Foyer.

Time:  

12/14/2016: Anniversary Ceremony, starting at 4:00 pm, Auditorium Maximum, Haus 8, 12/15/2016 and 12/16/2016: Conference, starting at 9:00 a.m., Foyer, Haus 8.

Thursday Evening, 8:00 pm: Yoko Tawada and Emine Sevgi Özdamar in Conversation with Ottmar Ette, presented by Dr. Tobias Kraft, Location: Wissenschaftsetage, Am Kanal 47, 14467 Potsdam.

Concept and Organization: Dr. Markus Lenz & Dr. Patricia A. Gwozdz.

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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01/29/2016 Symposium: “Metaphorologie der Tropen: ein transareales Symposion [Metaphorology of the tropics: A transareal Symposium]“, Potsdam.

Metaphorologie der Tropen [Metaphorology of the tropics], A transareal symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Robert Müller’s Novel “Tropen: Der Mythos der Reise (1915)”

A conference of “PROBRAL Archivpelagos Literatur: deutschbrasilianische Inselwelten der Forschung” (CAPES/DAAD/Universität Potsdam/Universidade Federal do Paraná).

Friday, 29th January 2016, 10:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Universität Potsdam, Campus am Neuen Palais, Haus 8, Foyer

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the novel “Tropen: Der Mythos der Reise (1915)”, the symposium is dedicated to the work of Austrian expressionist and activist Robert Müller (1887-1924), who contributed in a unique way to the literary processing of globalization by means of his studies on the Americas. Within the research project “Archi(v)Pelagos Literatur: deutschbrasilianische Inselwelten der Forschung”, bilaterally supported by the Brazilian Foundation CAPES and the German DAAD, the aim of the conference is to concretize the dialogue between Romance Philology (Romanistik) and German Philology (Germanistik) in Brazil and Germany by discussing the “Metaphorology of the tropics” as it can be received in Müller’s novel, as well as by updating and expanding this concept within the context of contemporary works and theories.

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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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05/27/2015, 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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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