Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper to lead new research project on “Science and the Spectacle of Nature”

Ciencia y espectáculo de la naturaleza
Viajes científicos y museos de historia natural

Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper Mulero (Professor for History of Science and Director of the CSIC Publishing Department, Madrid)

Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper Mulero (Professor for History of Science and Director of the CSIC Publishing Department, Madrid)

Coordinator: Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper Mulero
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Instituto de Historia

The project underway was recently approved by the Secretary of State of Research, Development and Innovation (SEIDI), within the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. “Ciencia y espectáculo de la naturaleza” [Science and the spectacle of nature. Scientific travels and natural history museums] has a project duration of three years. It is part of the research framework Ciencia en un mundo global. Historia Natural, Antropología y Biología entre el viaje científico y la ciudad, coordinated by Álvaro Girón (CSIC). Continue reading

AvH-R: Long-term editorial research project on Humboldt’s travel manuscript to start in 2015 – job opening

“Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen – Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung [Travelling Humboldt: Science on the Move]” (AvH-R)

Plate XLII "42_Vue du Cayambe" in: Humboldt, Alexander von ([1810-]1813): Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l'Amérique. Paris: Schoell.

Plate XLII “42_Vue du Cayambe” in: Humboldt, Alexander von ([1810-]1813): Vues des Cordillères et monumens des peuples indigènes de l’Amérique. Paris: Schoell.

On October 30, 2014, the Berlin-Brandenburgian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) announced the launch of its new long-term editorial research project “Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen – Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung [Travelling Humboldt: Science on the Move]” (AvH-R).

The editorial project forms part of a current national and international research community that has recently been given new incentives by the high-profile acquisition of Alexander von Humboldt’s Travel Diaries by the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (SPK) through means of public-private sponsorship.

With AvH-R, BBAW builds on its long tradition of in-house Alexander von Humboldt scholarship under the direction of Eberhard Knobloch (co-submitter for AvH-R). The project’s director will be Ottmar Ette, Professor of Romance and Comparative Literature at the Universität Potsdam.

Current Job Opening for AvH-R

Job opening for the Head of Research Group at AvH-R (Arbeitsstellenleiter/in im Akademienvorhaben Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen)

Full-time employment, E 14 (Berlin)

Deadline for applications: November 30, 2014 Continue reading

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

03/12-03/15/2014, International Conference: “Expedição Langsdorff (1824-1828) [The Langsdorff Expedition]“, Cuiabá

Conference Poster (JPEG)

Conference Programm (PDF)

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)

03/12/2014

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)

03/13/2014

Manhã

Mesa: Contribuições da Expedição Langsdorff às Ciências Naturais

Palestra: Os estudos zoológicos na Expedição Langsdorff – Prof. Dr. Jader Marinho Filho, UnB (zoólogo) Continue reading

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” [Landscapes of theory], konstanz university press 2013

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Book: Ette, Ottmar: "Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie" [Landscapes of theory], konstanz university press 2013

Book: Ette, Ottmar: “Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie” [Landscapes of theory], konstanz university press 2013

Ottmar Ette: Roland Barthes. Landschaften der Theorie. Paderborn: Konstanz University Press 2013.

153 Seiten, 30 s/w Abb.
ISBN 978-3-86253-038-0
16.90 Euro / CHF 23.90

Book flyer (publishing house)

Book flyer (including all mongraphs by Ottmar Ette)

About the book (in German)

»Landschaften sind auf Zukunft gestellt: Sie erkunden als Denk- und Schreiblandschaften, was die (sich) bewegenden Horizonte vorgeben und freigeben.«

Landschaften der Theorie erkundet die Denk- und die Schreiblandschaften Roland Barthes. Von den »lebendigen Dingen« in diesen Landschaften bis hin zu einer Theorie des lebendigen Textes werden die literarischen, die kulturtheoretischen und kulturellen, die reiseliterarischen und bewegungstheoretischen Dimensionen von Barthes‘ Denken und Schreiben ausgeleuchtet – auf dem Weg zu einer Poetik der Bewegung.

Ottmar Ettes Buch handelt von den in Mythologies entwickelten »lebendigen« Landschaften der Stadt, von den unterschiedlichen Achsen des Wissens, des Wollens und des Könnens in den Visionen vom Eiffelturm und von den Landschaften der Reisen, die Barthes nach Griechenland, Marokko, Japan, China und in die USA unternimmt. Landschaften und Theorie sind hier eng miteinander vernetzt und entfalten ihre prospektive Kraft.

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