Recent Edited Books: “Imaginarios del miedo [Imaginaries of Fear]” (2013), “Verlag Macht Weltliteratur [Publisher, Power, World Literature]” (2014)

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo / Montero, Ignacio (ed.): "Imaginarios del miedo [Imaginaries of Fear]", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo / Montero, Ignacio (ed.): “Imaginarios del miedo [Imaginaries of Fear]“, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Imaginarios del miedo
Estudios desde la historia

Book details

Ette, Ottmar / Naranjo Orovio, Consuelo / Montero, Ignacio (ed.): Imaginarios del miedo. Estudios desde la historia. Berlin: Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 7), 2013. [342 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 28.00
ISBN 978-3-938944-74-5

Content (in Spanish)

A lo largo de la historia, el miedo y el temor han sido agentes activos que han generado cambios, animado resistencias, auspiciado movimientos contrarrevolucionarios, forjado imágenes, estereotipos y recelos frente al “otro”, además de originar violencia y represión.

Aliados del miedo han sido y son la guerra, la agresión, la crisis económica, los intereses de diferentes grupos que a lo largo de la historia han utilizado e instrumentalizado el miedo por mantener su poder, o la inseguridad ante una catástrofe de cualquier índole. 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]

Conference Homepage (German/Portuguese/Spanish)

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.

01/30-01/31/2014, International Conference: “América Latina y la Literatura Mundial” [Latin America and World Literature], Köln

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German/Spanish)

01/30-01/31/2014, International Conference: "América Latina y la Literatura Mundial" [Latin America and World Literature], Köln

01/30-01/31/2014, International Conference: “América Latina y la Literatura Mundial” [Latin America and World Literature], Köln

The 2-day international conference focuses on “mercado editorial, redes globales y la invención de un continente” [economics of publishing, global networks and the invention of a continent] and is part of the Research Project “Constructions of World Literature and the Politics of Publishing”.

The conference is hosted by the Romance Department at the Universität zu Köln and the Department of Hispanic Philology at the Universitat de Barcelona. It is organized by Gesine Müller (Universität zu Köln) and Dunia Gras (Universitat de Barcelona) with support of the Global South Study Center Cologne (GSSC) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).

Program (Spanish/German)

Jueves, 30 de enero

Lugar: Universität zu Köln, Universitätsstraße 37, 50931 Köln – Seminargebäude, Raum 106

08:45–09:05 Gesine Müller (Köln) y Dunia Gras (Barcelona): Palabras de Bienvenida e Introducción

09:05–09:15 Barbara Potthast (Global South Studies Center Cologne): Palabras de Bienvenida

09:15–10:00 Keynote Julio Ortega (Brown, Providence): La lectura transatlántica: Paradigma dialógico de la historia cultural latinoamericana Continue reading

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.
  • collaborate with the project’s partners (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) Continue reading

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

Book Details

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

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book details

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): "TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal", Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal”, Verlag Walter Frey 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar / Mackenbach, Werner / Nitschack, Horst (ed.): TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. Un simposio transareal. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 4) 2013 [252 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 22.00
ISBN: 978-3-938944-71-4

Content (in Spanish)

Los ensayos reunidos en este libro se proponen contribuir a analizar y entender los espacios dinámicos y los movimientos en las AsiAméricas desde una perspectiva transareal. En especial, se ocupan de las conexiones y convivencias transpacíficas y sus representaciones simbólicas, incluyendo la presencia de las Asias en América Latina y de las Américas Latinas en Asia.

Preguntan por el potencial de una América Latina como región de contacto y de cruces culturales en las nuevas constelaciones a partir de la cuarta fase acelerada de globalización. Continue reading

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: “Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]“, Potsdam

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Homepage

Conference Flyer (PDF)

International Conference organized by Sergio Ugalde Quintana (UNAM, Universität Potsdam) and Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam), supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Time and Place

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 – Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

Universität Potsdam
Campus am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: "Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]", Potsdam

06/11-06/12/2013, International Conference: “Politik der Kritik. Ideologie Geschichte und Akteure der Literaturkritik [Politics of critique. Ideology, History and actors of literary criticism]“, Potsdam

Program (in Spanisch/German)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

9:30 Begrüßung – Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) und Sergio Ugalde (UNAM/Universität Potsdam)

9:45-11:15 Keynote – Luiz Costa Lima (Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro): “Starting from scratch or Commençons à zero” Continue reading

03/05-03/07/2013, Conference/PhD Workshop: “Verlag Macht Weltliteratur” [Publisher Power World Literature], Marbach

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

03/05-03/07/2013, Conference/PhD Workshop: "Verlag Macht Weltliteratur" [Publisher Power World Literature], Marbach (© DLA-Marbach)

03/05-03/07/2013, Conference/PhD Workshop: “Verlag Macht Weltliteratur” [Publisher Power World Literature], Marbach (© DLA-Marbach)

The 3-day event is the fifth research encounter in a series of “Forschungstreffen Suhrkamp/Insel”, hosted by the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach. The combined conference and young researcher’s workshop is organized by the Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and Gesine Müller (Universität Potsdam) with support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and further funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA).

The conference title “Publisher Power World Literature” aims to tackle several questions:

How come that some literary works turn successful and become part of the canon of world literature? What is the role of publishing strategies, translation processes, and the international book market in pushing authors and their works? Focusing on the literary networks between Germany and Latin America, both scholars and central participants of the literary field explore literary production from a transnational perspective. Continue reading

Recent POINTS activities in Madrid, Bern and Milan

Recent POINTS activities have taken place in Madrid, Bern and Milan.

The activities result from cooperations between Ottmar Ette, Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper, Chelo Naranjo Orovio, Yvette Sánchez, and Dante Liano.

March 15, 2012, in Madrid

International Conference »Los imaginarios del miedo«, organized by the Instituto de Historia of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CCHS-CSIC).

Opening lecture by Ottmar Ette on “La economía del miedo”. Continue reading

02/17-02/18/2012, Symposium: “TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas”, Potsdam [early announcement]

International Conference at the University of Potsdam, in cooperation with the University of Chile and the University of Costa Rica

International Conference at the University of Potsdam, in cooperation with the University of Chile and the University of Costa Rica

TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas

International Conference, organized by Ottmar Ette and Werner Mackenbach (University of Potsdam) together with Horst Nitschack (University of Chile), and Alexander Jiménez Matarrita (University of Costa Rica) at the University of Potsdam.

Conference Outline (in Spanish)

En los estudios de área América Latina tradicionalmente ha sido entendida y delimitada en sus relaciones con Europa y Norteamérica, especialmente en relación con su papel para y en las construcciones hemisféricas “occidentales”. Mientras que las relaciones entre los mundos y culturas africanos han sido ampliamente estudiadas en este contexto, es solamente hace algunos años que se ha abierto esta dimensión transatlántica para las relaciones y entrecruzamientos entre América Latina y los mundos árabes. En contraposición, las conexiones e intersecciones transpacíficas entre los mundos y culturas asiáticos y América Latina han sido escasamente analizadas. Continue reading

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: “Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers ‘Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel’ (1897)”, deGruyter 2011.

Book Details

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: "Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers 'Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel' (1897)", deGruyter 2011.

Book: Birkenmaier, Anke: "Versionen Montezumas Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers 'Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel' (1897)", deGruyter 2011.

Birkenmaier, Anke: Versionen Montezumas. Lateinamerika in der historischen Imagination des 19. Jahrhunderts. Mit dem vollständigen Manuskript von Oswald Spenglers “Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel” (1897). [Versions of Montezuma]. Berlin, New York: deGruyter (mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt, Vol. 52) 2011 [199 p.]

Content

The cultural philosopher Oswald Spengler was the first universal historian of the 20th century. His work The Decline of the West was devoted to analyzing eight “high cultures” ‑ the Classical and Western, the Indian, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Arab and Mexican cultures (although Mexican culture was only touched on briefly). Spengler’s as yet unpublished literary debut Montezuma. Ein Trauerspiel [Montezuma. A Tragedy] (1897) sheds new light on Spengler’s interest in old Mexico, the country that paradoxically became the exception and the first cornerstone of his cultural morphology. Continue reading

01/13/2011: PoTZ Lecture with Pablo Hernández

PoTZ - Potsdamer Themengruppe Zentralamerika (Potsdam Research Group Central America)

PoTZ - Potsdam Research Group Central America

January 13, 2011, 6:00 p.m.
Institut für Romanistik, University of Potsdam, Am Neuen Palais

PoTZ Lecture: “Marcos de visibilidad/Máquinas de guerra: fotografía y guerrilla en América Latina. Una aproximación metodológica”

Pablo Hernández (Universidad de Costa Rica, Universität Potsdam

07/16/2006, Conference: “Zirkulation des Wissens – Erinnerung(skulturen) und die Konfiguration Lateinamerikas”, Potsdam

This workshop-conference was presented by the inter-institutional project “Circulation of Knowledge. Transregional Studies” by the Institute for Advanced Studies, Berlin in cooperation with the Research Network ForLaBB (Forschungsverbund Lateinamerika Berlin-Brandenburg).

Zirkulation des Wissens - Erinnerung(skulturen) und die Konfiguration Lateinamerikas. Ein interdisziplinärer Workshop der TransArea Studies an der Universität Potsdam

Conference: "Zirkulation des Wissens. Erinnerung(skulturen) und die Konfiguration Lateinamerikas", Potsdam

Conference: "Zirkulation des Wissens. Erinnerung(skulturen) und die Konfiguration Lateinamerikas", Potsdam

Program (in German)

9.00 Uhr

Marianne Braig (Lateinamerika-Institut FU Berlin): »Thematische Einführung«

Stefan Rinke (Lateinamerika-Institut FU Berlin): »Nationale Erinnerungen in Lateinamerika: Transformationen, Rekodifikationen und aktueller Gebrauch«

Timo Obergöker (Universität Potsdam): »Wege des Virus. Syphilis als transnationales Phänomen.« Continue reading

06/16-06/17/2005, Workshop: “ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch”, Berlin

ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch

06/16-06/17/2005, Workshop: "ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch", Berlin

06/16-06/17/2005, Workshop: "ArabAmericas. TransAtlantisch", Berlin

A transdisciplinary workshop, hosted by the Zentrum Moderner Orient (Berlin), with the participation of Luis Fayad (Colombia), Nathalie Handal (USA), Alberto Ruy-Sanchez (Mexico), Lisa Suhair Majaj (USA), Susana Romano-Sued (Argentina), and Ottmar Ette (Potsdam)

Research Goals

The workshop intends to develop new models of transcultural dynamics, beyond essential identity concepts, in the transatlantic network of relations. Research’s long established, overriding perspective is still focused on present, isolatable political, historical, or literary phenomena, and considers anything outside these fixed categories as an exception to the rule. What has long been considered an “exception” should, in context with globalized and partly asymmetrically running processes of communication, be placed at the core of study and thus be seen as a “rule.” Continue reading