Book: “Horizonte der Humboldt-Forschung: Natur, Kultur, Schreiben [Horizons of Humboldt Studies: Nature, Culture, Writing]“, OLMS 2016

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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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09/25/2015, Conference: “Alexander von Humboldt-Tag 2015: Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung [Alexander-von-Humboldt-Day 2015: Science on the Move]“, Berlin

Program (in German):

Plate XLII, Vue du Cayambe, in: Humboldt, Alexander von ([1810-]1813): Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique. Paris: Schoell.

Plate XLII, Vue du Cayambe, in: Humboldt, Alexander von ([1810-]1813): Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique. Paris: Schoell.

14.00: Uhr: Einführung
Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam, Akademiemitglied)

14.30 Uhr: “Zur Digitalisierung der Alexander von Humboldt-Forschung”, Tobias Kraft (BBAW), Alexander Czmiel (BBAW)

15.00 Uhr: “Alexander von Humboldt und Franz Julius Ferdinand Meyen: Zwischen Poesie und totem Zoo”, Petra Werner (BBAW)

15.30 Uhr: “Das große A und andere Fundstücke: Zur  (Un-)Ordnung in Humboldts Tagebüchern”, Ulrike Leitner (BBAW)

16.00 Uhr: Pause

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Book: “Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization and Textualization] “, Verlag Walter Frey 2015

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Book: "Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visibility, Visualization and Textualization]", Walter Frey 2015

Book: “Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization and Textualization]“, Walter Frey 2015

Ette, Ottmar; Müller, Gesine (eds.): Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung. Schrift-Bilder und Bild-Schriften im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts. Berlin: edition tranvía – Verlag Walter Frey (POINTE – Potsdamer inter- und transkulturelle Texte, Vol. 13) 2015 [394 p., 90 c. i.]

Softcover | List price Euro [D] 32              ISBN 978-3-938944-93-6 
Content (in German)
Literatur und Malerei sind im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts aufs Engste miteinander verknüpft. Sie bringen ein geradezu unerschöpfliches Arsenal an malenden Dichtern beziehungsweise dichtenden Malern hervor. Wie lässt sich dieser reiche Bestand fruchtbar machen für die jüngsten theoretischen Studien der vielzitierten „Wende zum Bild“? Und umgekehrt: Welche neuen Lesarten gewinnen diese sowohl literarischen als auch künstlerischen Primärmaterialien im Fokus der aktuellen theoretischen Arbeiten?

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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”.

10:45-11:15 Uhr Kaffeepause. Continue reading

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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02/06/2015-02/07/2015, Symposium: “New Orleans and the Global South. Caribbean, Creolization, Carnival”, Cologne

Conference Homepage (Global South Studies Center Cologne, German)

Conference Program (PDF)

Conference Poster (PDF)

A Transarea Symposium, organized by Gesine Müller (University of Cologne), Ottmar Ette (University of Potsdam), and the Global South Studies Center Cologne (Center of Excellence), in cooporation with the Departments of Romance Studies of the Universites of Cologne and Potsam, Hoch­schu­le für Musik und Tanz Köln – In­sti­tut für Welt­mu­sik und trans­kul­tu­rel­le Mu­sik­for­schung, DFG − Emmy Noe­ther Nach­wuchs­grup­pe “Trans­ko­lo­nia­le Ka­ri­bik”, CA IV: Cul­tu­res and So­cie­ties in Tran­si­ti­on, POINTS Pots­dam In­ter­na­tio­nal Net­work of Transarea Stu­dies.

02/06/2015-02/07/2015: New Orleans and the Global South Caribbean, Creolization, Carnival

02/06/2015-02/07/2015: New Orleans and the Global South Caribbean, Creolization, Carnival

Program

Friday, February 6, 2015
Place: University of Cologne, Seminargebäude, Room 004

08:45-09:00
Welcome
Michael Bollig (Global South Studies Center Cologne)

Introduction
Gesine Müller (Cologne) and Ottmar Ette (Potsdam)

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Recent PhD theses: “Weltenvielfalt [Variety of Worlds]” (2013), “Figuren des Wissens bei Alexander von Humboldt [Figures of Knowledge in Alexander von Humboldt]” (2014)

Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Walter de Gruyter  2013

Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Walter de Gruyter 2013

Weltenvielfalt [Variety of Worlds]
Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño

Book details

Valdivia Orozco, Pablo: Weltenvielfalt. Eine romantheoretische Studie im Ausgang von Gabriel García Márquez, Sandra Cisneros und Roberto Bolaño. Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter (Reihe mimesis – Romanische Literaturen der Welt 56) 2013 [559 p.]

Hardcover | List price Euro [D] 129.95
ISBN 978-3-11-030824-2

Content

This study, focusing on Latin American literature, discusses the motif of a variety of worlds as a key concept of the modern novel in terms of genre, culture, and fiction theory: the world of the modern novel is always already in contact with another one. This concept, developed against the backdrop of (literary) history, goes hand in hand with the theoretical assumption that modern novel forms have brought about a turn in genre theory. Differently from genuine poetics, genre theory is always also concerned with and contingent on a certain history/back story. Continue reading

10/24/2014, Symposium: “Wenn Quellen sprechen. Für eine kritische Philologie aus Perspektive der Akademie [When Sources speak. Towards a Critical Philology]“, Potsdam

Symposium in honour of the 80th birthday of Martin Fontius

Conference Poster (PDF)

Conference programm (PDF)

10/24/2014, Symposium: "Wenn Quellen sprechen. Für eine kritische Philologie aus Perspektive der Akademie [When Sources speak. Towards a Critical Philology]", Potsdam

10/24/2014, Symposium: “Wenn Quellen sprechen. Für eine kritische Philologie aus Perspektive der Akademie [When Sources speak. Towards a Critical Philology]“, Potsdam

The symposion in honor of Martin Fontius is presented by the Universität Potsdam and POINTS in cooperation with the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam.

Program (German)

Freitag, 24. Oktober 2014

9:30 Uhr – 11:00 Uhr

Antony McKenna (Institut Claude Longeon, St. Etienne): L’édition critique de la correspondance de Pierre Bayle

Gisela Schlüter (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg): Abgründige Glaubensbekenntnisse, erzwungene Retraktationen: der Fall Pietro Giannone und seine europäische Resonanz.

11:15 Uhr – 12:30 Uhr

Tobias Kraft (Universität Potsdam): Alexander von Humboldts Reisetagebücher … lesen und sprechen lassen

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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

11/30-12/01/2013, Conference: “Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization, and Textualization]“, Potsdam

Schrift-Bilder und Bild-Schriften im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts
[Text-Image and Image-Text in 19th century France]

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

11/30-12/01/2013, Conference: "Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization, and Textualization]", Potsdam

11/30-12/01/2013, Conference: “Visualisierung, Visibilisierung und Verschriftlichung [Visualization, Visibilization, and Textualization]“, Potsdam

Conference organized by Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam) and Gesine Müller (Universität zu Köln), together with the Research Training Group „Sichtbarkeit und Sichtbarmachung. Hybride Formen des Bildwissens“, the Emmy Noether Independent Research Group „Koloniale Transferprozesse in der Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts“, and POINTS (Potsdamer Internationales Netzwerk für TransArea-Studien).

Program (in German)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

9:00 – 09:15 Begrüßung
Gesine Müller und Ottmar Ette

09:15 – 10:00 Auftakt
Ottmar Ette, Potsdam: Hand-Schrift, Schrift-Bild, Bilder-Schrift: zur Kunst der Sichtbarmachung in Alexander von Humboldts Amerikanischen Reisetagebüchern

Theoretische und gesamtperspektivische Annäherungen

10:00 – 10:45 Joseph Jurt, Freiburg/Basel: Schwestern oder Rivalinnen? Zum Verhältnis des künstlerischen und des literarischen Feldes im Frankreich des 19. Jahrhunderts

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07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: “Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]“, Potsdam

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: "Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]", Potsdam

07/11-07/13/2013, International Conference: “Paisajes vitales. Conflictos, catástrofes y convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe [Vital Landscapes. Conflicts, catastrophes, and conviviality in Central America and the Caribbean]“, Potsdam

Conference Flyer (PDF)

Conference Homepage (German)

The workshop is part of a joint research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and the Universidad de Costa Rica, Cost Rica, with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Introduction

This event is both a self-standing, international conference, and, at the same time, the second of two joint meetings by scholars from Germany, Costa Rica, and Honduras in order to further develop the combined research efforts. The first meeting took place in San José, Costa Rica, in late 2012.

The discussed project “Convivencia en la diferencia” seeks to analyze and better understand the intricate notion of conviviality in difference, most likely one of the most urgent issues of contemporary societies in Central America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. This is especially true as these (like all) societies are facing the challenges of a new phase of accelerated globalization, in which matters of peaceful conviviality in difference have come to a crucial point.

The conference aims at further developing an international research project that explores the cultural dimensions implied in the notion of conviviality. This will be done on three levels: theoretical framing, (trans)disciplinary methodology, and, finally, spatiotemporal specification of the phenomena to be studied.

Program

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Haus 8, Foyerräume (0.60/0.61)

14:00-14:15 Ottmar Ette: Begrüßung

14:15-15:00 Werner Mackenbach (Universidad de Costa Rica): ¿Memoriales del futuro? El papel de las narrativas de la memoria en Centroamérica y el Caribe para una convivencia después de los conflictos armados Continue reading

05/28/2013, Workshop: “Alexander von Humboldt in English”, Potsdam

05/28/2013, Workshop: "Alexander von Humboldt in English", Potsdam

05/28/2013, Workshop: “Alexander von Humboldt in English”, Potsdam

Humboldt workshop in Potsdam

The Alexander von Humboldt in English (HiE) research group will meet at the Universität Potsdam, Germany, for a public workshop. There will be four presentations and group discussion.

Vera M. Kutzinski (Vanderbilt University):
“Why Alexander von Humboldt in English?”

Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo (University of Texas, Austin):
“Researching Humboldt’s Intellectual Networks”

Tobias Kraft (Universität Potsdam):
“Editing Humboldt in the Digital Age”

Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam):
“Alexander von Humboldt‘s travel diaries: challenges and prospects”

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Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas“, Chicago University Press 2012

Book Details

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas“, Chicago University Press 2012

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas“, Chicago University Press 2012

Humboldt, Alexander von: Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. A Critical Edition. Edited with an Introduction by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Translated by J. Ryan Poynter. With Annotations by Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo and Tobias Kraft. Chicago – London: The University of Chicago Press 2012 [618 + xxxvii p.]

Content

In 2012, the Chicago University Press published the second volume of the HiE – Alexander von Humboldt in English series. The new critical edition is available online and in the bookstores since January 2013.

This new edition is a key contribution not only to Mesoamerican and Cultural Studies or to the history of science, but also to indigenous and postcolonial studies: Continue reading

Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Ottmar Ette on TransArea Studies (English subtitles)

TransArea: Ottmar Ette on Caribbean Literatures, Fractal Gardens and Tropical Microcosms on Vimeo.

Transcript

Ottmar Ette (OE): My name is Ottmar Ette, I was born in the Black Forest region of Germany and was raised bilingually. I live in Potsdam, though not here in the Botanical Garden. I have been working here in Potsdam for many years, studying the works of Alexander von Humboldt for over three decades. Humboldt was very familiar with gardens like this one. So this is a very special place for me. I would describe myself as a scholar in Comparative and Romance literature, and I have always understood Romance Studies to be a global science. It has fascinated me since my days as a student and still does today.
I wrote my PhD thesis on a Cuban poet and my „Habilitation“ on a French theoretician. I am passionate about what I do, and I try to share that passion with others.

Nina Hübner (NH): Thank you so much for this nice introduction, Mr. Ette. As you just mentioned, we are sitting here in the Botanical Garden of the University of Potsdam. We chose this place because you have been working for many years now on the tropics and the Caribbean. You recently published a book concerned with TransArea Studies.
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Published @ Vimeo: Interview with Ottmar Ette on TransArea Studies (German)

TransArea: Ottmar Ette über karibische Literaturen, fraktale Gärten und tropische Mikrokosmen on Vimeo.

Interview with Ottmar Ette, Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature at the Universität Potsdam, Germany. The interview was conducted in German and filmed in 2012 at the Botanical Garden, Potsdam. In it, Ottmar Ette explains and reflects upon his concept of TransArea Studies. On this subject, Ette published in 2012 his monograph TransArea. Eine literarische Globalisierungsgeschichte (Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter).

The video interview was drafted, prepared, and produced by Jan Schmieder, Maria-Anna Schiffers, Nina Hübner, and Sebastián Roldán. It is the result of the project seminar “Broadcasting Science: Video-Interviews zu Schlüsselkonzepten der TransArea Studies” (instructor: Tobias Kraft) and is part of the Master Degree studies program for Romance Studies at the Universität Potsdam.

Technical assistance and consulting: Audiovisuelles Zentrum (AVZ), Universität Potsdam

Promising workshop in San José sets roadmap for joint research in 2013

The workshop was organized by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica

The workshop was organized by the Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica

Researchers from different universities of Costa Rica, Honduras, and Germany met during a two-day workshop (11/30-12/01/2012) in San José, Costa Rica, to outline the roadmap for a joint international research project to be financed by the DFG (German Research Foundation). The workshop was both of strategical and academic nature, with several presentations of individual and group research activities by different participants.

With several internal deadlines to further specify the character of the research project “Convivencia en la diferencia”, the workshop participants agreed on the terms for the second meeting, this time in Potsdam, Germany, to be held from July 4, to July 6, 2013.

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11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: “Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica”, San José, Costa Rica

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: "Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica", San José, Costa Rica

11/30-12/01/2012, International Workshop: "Convivencia en la diferencia. Formas y perspectivas en, desde y hacia el Gran Caribe y Centroamérica", San José, Costa Rica

The workshop is part of a joint research project by the Universität Potsdam, Germany, and the Universidad de Costa Rica, Cost Rica, with financial support from the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Introduction

This workshop is the first of two joint meetings by scholars from Costa Rica and Germany in order to further develop the combined research efforts. The project “Convivencia en la diferencia” seeks to analyze and better understand the intricate notion of conviviality in difference, most likely one of the most urgent issues of contemporary societies in Central America and the Caribbean in the 21st century. This is especially true as these (like all) societies are facing the challenges of a new phase of accelerated globalization, in which matters of peaceful conviviality in difference have come to a crucial point.

The workshop aims at jointly developing an international research project that explores the cultural dimensions implied in the notion of conviviality. This will be done on three levels: theoretical framing, (trans)disciplinary methodology, and, finally, spatiotemporal specification of the phenomena to be studied.

Participants

Alice Pérez, Cecilia Díaz Oreiro, Juan José Marín, Ottmar Ette, Werner Mackenbach, Ronny Viales, David Díaz, Gesine Müller, Tobias Kraft, and others.

Participating institutions

  • Centro de Investigaciones Históricas de América Central (CIHAC), Universidad de Costa Rica
  • Institut für Romanistik, Universität Potsdam

together with the following departments and research groups of the Universidad de Costa Rica

  • Posgrado Centroamericano de Historia
  • Doctorado en Estudios de la Sociedad y la Cultura
  • Centro de Investigación en Comunicación (CICOM)
  • Centro de Investigación en Identidad y Cultura Latinoamericanas (CIICLA)

Introduction (in Spanish, longer Version)

El taller procurará analizar la problemática de la convivencia en la diferencia, temática que es probablemente uno de los desafíos más profundos que se presenta a las sociedades Centroamericanas y del Caribe del siglo XXI. Si bien, puede argumentarse que la convivencia es un eterno problema de la condición humana, omnipresente a lo largo de la historia e igualmente sin soluciones definitivas; no obstante, sigue siendo vigente, más aún hoy cuando se vive una nueva fase de globalización acelerada, donde este tema no se puede dejar de plantear ya que de sus posibilidades de solución dependerá, en gran parte, la supervivencia de la especie humana. Continue reading

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Book Details

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Humboldt, Alexander von: Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. A Critical Edition. Edited with an Introduction by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Translated by J. Bradford Anderson, Vera M. Kutzinski, and Anja Becker. With Annotations by Tobias Kraft, Anja Becker, and Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo. Chicago – London: The University of Chicago Press 2011 [519 p.]

Content

The research Alexander von Humboldt amassed during his five-year trek through the Americas in the early nineteenth-century proved foundational to the fields of botany, geography, and geology. But his visit to Cuba during this time yielded observations that extended far beyond the natural world. Political Essay on the Island of Cuba is a physical and cultural study of the island nation. In it, Humboldt denounces colonial slavery on both moral and economic grounds and stresses the vital importance of improving intercultural relations throughout the Americas. Continue reading

01/27-01/29/2010, Symposium: “TransitAreas. Convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe”, Berlin/Potsdam

TransitAreas - Convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe

01/27-01/29/2010, Symposium: "TransitAreas. Convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe", Berlin/Potsdam

01/27-01/29/2010, Symposium: "TransitAreas. Convivencias en Centroamérica y el Caribe", Berlin/Potsdam

International Symposium and theory workshop concerning models of conviviality (Zusammenleben) in Central America and the Caribbean at the Ibero-American Institute (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin) and the University of Potsdam.

Program

January 27, 2010: Ibero-American Institute

13:00 Introduction: Alexandra Ortiz Wallner und Gesine Müller

TransitAreas en la historia

13:15 Gesine Müller (Universität Potsdam): El concepto del Gran Caribe como desafío desde la Independencia: representaciones en literaturas francófonas e hispanófonas

13:45 Héctor Pérez Brignoli (Universidad de Costa Rica): Hacia una cartografía vectorial de Centroamérica y el Caribe

14:15 Jorge Duany (Universidad de Río Piedras, Puerto Rico): Las diásporas caribeñas desde una perspectiva transnacional comparada 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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