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

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.
In a nutshell: What exactly does TransArea mean? Continue reading

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

Olivier Remaud receives the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award to strengthen ties with the University of Potsdam

Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award for joint research on cosmopolitanism

Olivier Remaud (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS, Paris)

Olivier Remaud (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHESS, Paris)

Nominated on behalf of Ottmar Ette (Professor of Comparative and Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam), the French philosopher Olivier Remaud (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales – EHESS, Paris) receives the prestigious research award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Award carries a value of 45.000 Euro and is meant to further develop the academic ties between the EHESS and the University of Potsdam.

The French laureate is internationally renowned for his research on social philosophy and political science, focusing especially on cosmopolitanism and cultural theory. To initiate the academic exchange, Remaud will come to Potsdam as a visiting professor starting in April 2013. The same year, a conference will be organized on the main topic of the cooperation: “cosmopolitanism”. Continue reading

Pedro Barceló receives the „Catedra de Excelencia“ Award

Pedro Barceló, Professor for Ancient History at the University of Potsdam and member of POINTS, receives the “Catedra de Excelencia” by the University Carlos III de Madrid. The “Catedra” is the highest research prize to be awarded by a Spanish university. Barceló will hold the „Catedra de Excelencia“ from September 2012 to March 2013.

Pedro Barceló (Professor for Ancient History at the University of Potsdam, Germany)

Pedro Barceló (Professor for Ancient History at the University of Potsdam, Germany)

The prestigious “Catedra” is a lifetime achievement award, honoring the academic excellence of an internationally renown scholar. During the time given, the awarded scholar will lead an international research project at the University Carlos III de Madrid and represents his academic field in the public sphere and for the sake of consolidating the bilateral relations. After all, the award is given to forster the academic ties between the researcher’s home university and the awarding institution.

The University Carlos III de Madrid is member of an international Cluster of Excellence and has set up Student Exchange Agreements with 200 Universities from 30 different countries. Founded in 1989, the Spanish institution consists of three schools: the School of Social Science and Law, the School of Humanities and the School of Engineering situated on three different campuses in Getafe, Leganés y Colmenarejo.

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

TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas. A TransArea Symposium.

02/17-02/18/2012, Symposium: "TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas", Potsdam

02/17-02/18/2012, Symposium: "TransPacífico. Conexiones y convivencias en AsiAméricas", Potsdam

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

Program

February 17, 2012

Haus 12 (Obere Mensa), Am Neuen Palais

13:30-14:00 Bienvenida: Ottmar Ette, Werner Mackenbach, Horst Nitschack, Pablo Hernández

Relaciones y miradas transpacíficas

14:00-14:45 Héctor Pérez Brignoli (San José): Las relaciones transpacíficas en las Américas. Un panorama en la larga duración 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

12/09-12/10/2011, Symposium: “El Caribe como paradigma: Convivencias / Coincidencias. Les Caraïbes comme paradigme: Convivialités et Coïncidences. A TransArea Symposium.”, Potsdam

El Caribe como paradigma: Convivencias / Coincidencias. Les Caraïbes comme paradigme: Convivialités et Coïncidences. A TransArea Symposium.

12/09-12/10/2011, Symposium: "El Caribe como paradigma: Convivencias / Coincidencias", Potsdam

12/09-12/10/2011, Symposium: "El Caribe como paradigma: Convivencias / Coincidencias", Potsdam

International Conference organized by Ottmar Ette, Anne Kraume, Werner Mackenbach, and Gesine Müller at the University of Potsdam, sponsored by the University’s Presidential Committee.

Program

December 09, 2011

14:00-14:15 Bienvenida: Ottmar Ette, Anne Kraume, Werner Mackenbach, Gesine Müller

El Caribe teórico

14:15-15:15 Keynote: Enrico Mario Santí (University of Kentucky, Lexington): El paradigma, o la paradoja, del Caribe

15:15-16:00 Claudia Hammerschmidt (U Jena): Corrientes del discurso caribeño o Tres vistas del amanecer en el trópico (Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Édouard Glissant, Dany Laferrière) Continue reading

09/09-09/11/2011, Summer School: “Formas, problemas y perspectivas de la convivencia en el Gran Caribe y América Central a inicios del siglo XXI.”, Potsdam

Formen, Probleme und Perspektiven des Zusammenlebens in der Größeren Karibik und Zentralamerika zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts.

Formas, problemas y perspectivas de la convivencia en el Gran Caribe y América Central a inicios del siglo XXI.

09/09-09/11/2011, Summer School: "Formen, Probleme und Perspektiven des Zusammenlebens in der Größeren Karibik und Zentralamerika zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts. Formas, problemas y perspectivas de la convivencia en el Gran Caribe y América Central a inicios del siglo XXI.", Potsdam

09/09-09/11/2011, Summer School: "Formen, Probleme und Perspektiven des Zusammenlebens in der Größeren Karibik und Zentralamerika zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts. Formas, problemas y perspectivas de la convivencia en el Gran Caribe y América Central a inicios del siglo XXI.", Potsdam

International Conference organized by Ottmar Ette, Anne Kraume, Werner Mackenbach at the Universität Potsdam, sponsored by the University’s Presidential Committee.

Program

September 09, 2011

17.00–17.15 hrs. Bienvenida – Ottmar Ette, Anne Kraume, Werner Mackenbach

17.15–18.15 hrs. Impulso - Ana Pizarro (Santiago de Chile): Flujos en la construcción del discurso

18.15–20.45 hrs. Lectura - Julio Escoto, Dante Liano, Alan Mills (moderación: Werner Mackenbach)

21.15 hrs Cena

September 10, 2011

09.30–10.30 hrs. Impulso - Héctor Pérez Brignoli (San José, Costa Rica): Las lógicas mestizas en América Central

10.30–11.15 hrs. Anne Kraume (Potsdam): Península, península. Convivencia en Yucatán durante la guerra de castas Continue reading

06/29-07/01/2011, Symposium: “weltweit worldwide. living together – Archipele als Erprobungräume globalen ZusammenLebens”, Berlin

06/29-07/01/2011, Symposium: "weltweit worldwide. living together - Archipele als Erprobungräume globalen ZusammenLebens", Berlin

06/29-07/01/2011, Symposium: "weltweit worldwide. living together - Archipele als Erprobungräume globalen ZusammenLebens", Berlin

weltweit – worldwide. living together – Archipele als Erprobungräume globalen ZusammenLebens

A TransArea Symposium

International Conference presented by the Institute for Romance Studies at the University of Potsdam and the Ibero-American Institute (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin. Sponsored by the DFG-Emmy Noether Junior Research Grou, the University of Potsdam and the Potsdam Research Network (pearls).

Program

June 29, 2011

18:00 Address of welcome – Peter Birle (Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut PK)

18:15 Address of welcome – Gesine Müller und Ottmar Ette

18:30 Jorge Volpi (México D.F.): Archipiélagos literarios. América Latina, las batallas de lo universal y lo local (Moderation: Gesine Müller)

19.30 Discussion and Lecture with Wilfried N´Sondé (Brazzaville/Berlin) and Khal Torabully (Port Louis, Mauritius): Zwischen Leopardenkindern und Coolitude (Moderation: Ottmar Ette) 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

07/09-07/11/2009, Conference: “koloniales Kaleidoskop Karibik”, Berlin

koloniales Kaleidoskop Karibik - eine Inselwelt im Fokus kultureller Transferprozesse im 19. Jahrhundert

International Conference at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in collaboration with the Universität Potsdam and the DFG-Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German  Research Foundation)

Programm

Donnerstag, 9. Juli 2009

07/09-07/11/2009, Conference: “koloniales Kaleidoskop Karibik”, Berlin

07/09-07/11/2009, Conference: “koloniales Kaleidoskop Karibik”, Berlin

18:00 Uhr: Eröffnung und Begrüßung: Susanne Stemmler (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Einführung: Gesine Müller, Moderation: Ottmar Ette

Lesung und Gespräch mit Louis-Philippe Dalembert (Lesung aus dem Roman L’autre Face de la Mer/Jenseits der See (2008) sowie aus Dalemberts neuem Roman Le roman de Cuba (2009).)

Lesung der deutschen Übersetzungen: Nina Kronjäger

Freitag, 10. Juli 2009

Kuba im Kaleidoskop Karibik

9:00 Opening Lecture Roberto González Echevarría (Yale University): Fiestas y el origen de la nación cubana: Francisco de Anselmo Suárez y Romero Continue reading

02/06/2009, Symposium: “Trans*Chile”, Potsdam

Trans*Chile

C ultura H istoria I tinerarios L iteratura E ducación

02/06/2009, Symposium: "Trans*Chile", Potsdam

02/06/2009, Symposium: "Trans*Chile", Potsdam

The International Symposium “Trans*Chile” was held in the context of celebrating the research partnership between the Humanities of Universität Potsdam (Germany) and Universidad de Chile (Chile).

Trans*Chile was sponsored by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung für Wissenschaft, the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

Programm

9.00 Uhr Comienzo

Bernhard R. Kroener, Decano de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras: »Palabras de bienvenida«

Ottmar Ette (Universität Potsdam): »Trans*Chile: Presentación« Continue reading