04/30/2014, symposium & live webcast: “Alexander von Humboldt and the Order of Nature”, New York

Symposium on Aspects of Culture and Landscape in the Americas

Americas Society, Council of the Americas

April 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Welcome Remarks

  • Harper Montgomery, Distinguished Lecturer and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor in Latin American Art, Hunter College: morning
  • Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society: afternoon

11:00am to 1:00pm – PANEL 1: Humboldt and Social Order in the Americas

  • Introduction: Wenzel Bilger, Regional Program Director, Goethe-Institute, New York.
  • Respondent: Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University.

Scholars:

  • Ottmar Ette, Chair of Romance Literature, University of Potsdam
    Alexander von Humboldt as a World Citizen. Nomadic Knowledge and the Global Landscapes of Theory
  • Michael Zeuske, Professor of Caribbean and Latin American History, Universität zu Köln
    Humboldt and Slavery
  • Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, University of Notre Dame
    The Manifold Nature of Humboldt’s Pocket Cosmos
  • Mark Dion, Contemporary Artist
    An Artist Responds to the Collecting Tradition of Naturalists in the Neotropics

1:00 pm to 2:30pm – BREAK

2:30pm to 5:30pm – PANEL 2: Humboldt’s Influence on the Art of the Americas

  • Video: The Wake, by Dana Levy
  • Introduction: Georgia de Havenon, Exhibition Guest Curator
  • Respondent: Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art of the Unites States, Latin America and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950, The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Continue reading

Book: Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): “Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas”, Verlag Walter Frey 2012.

Book details

Book: Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): "Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas", Verlag Walter Frey 2012.

Book: Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): “Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas”, Verlag Walter Frey 2012.

Kutzinski, Vera M. / Ette, Ottmar / Walls, Laura Dassow (ed.): Alexander von Humboldt and the Americas. Berlin: Verlag Walter Frey – edition tranvía (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 3) 2012 [295 p.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 19.80
ISBN: 978-3-938944-63-9

Content

If Alexander von Humboldt’s writings opened up exciting cultural spaces in his time, they can certainly do so again in our own day. As the twenty-first century addresses the problems of intercultural violence, environmental devastation, social justice, and global climate change, the tools and perspectives Humboldt developed and popularized may offer useful resources to meet challenges that he himself already foresaw. Continue reading

01/15-01/17/2009, Conference: “Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere”, Nashville

Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere

01/15 -01/17/2009, Conference: "Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere", Nashville, USA

01/15 -01/17/2009, Conference: "Alexander von Humboldt and the Hemisphere", Nashville, USA

Working Conference at the Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee, USA

SPONSORS:

Center for the Americas + Alexander von Humboldt Foundation + Gerda Henkel Foundation + Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Atlanta Office + Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Vanderbilt + Department of History at Vanderbilt + Department of English at Vanderbilt

ORGANIZERS:

Vera Kutzinski, Vanderbilt University
Ottmar Ette, University of Potsdam
Laura Dassow Walls, University of South Carolina

THURSDAY 15 of January 2000

7 p.m. Opening Reception at Buttrick Hall Atrium

8 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Vera M. Kutzinski English and Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt, USA

Lutz Goergens Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Atlanta Office

Keynote by Ottmar Ette: “TransTropics: Alexander von Humboldt’s constructions of the American Hemisphere” See the video lecture on Ottmar Ette’s keynote
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