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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09/06/2015, Paulo Astor Soethe received Grimm Prize

Literary scholar and expert on the work of the Mann brothers Thomas and Heinrich to receive award.


The Brazilian Humboldtian Paulo Astor Soethe has been chosen by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to receive this year’s Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize. The award comes with EUR 10,000 and a one-month research stay in Germany for the literary scholar.

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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

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

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

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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