17.12.2019, Public Event: „Minds of the Academy“, Berlin

The event „Minds of the Academy“ is dedicated to the research at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Outstanding scholars and scientists – who are members or employees of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and Die Junge Akademie – will introduce their research topics in short and comprehensible presentations.
Among them will be Tobias Kraft, who will give an overview on the long-term academy project „Traveling Humboldt – Science on the Move“ and the edition humboldt digital.

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04.-06.12.2019, Conference: „Alexander von Humboldt: Circulation of State Knowledge in Europe and Latin America“, Berlin

Conference, Dec 4-6, 2019, Berlin Alexander von Humboldt: Circulation of State Knowledge in Europe and Latin America Alexander von Humboldt’s

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KOSMOS-Lesungen, Festwoche, Konferenz

Programm der HU zum Humboldt-Jubiläum Die Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU) feiert den 250. Geburtstag Alexander von Humboldts mit einem vielfältigen

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Job Opening in Berlin: Full-time Research Assistant (Digital Humanities) at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

For the launch of an international digitization and digital edition project, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (male/female/divers) in the field of Digital Humanities (Digital Scholarly Editions and Research Software Development)

100% full-time position for an initial duration until December 31, 2021.

The position should ideally begin as soon as possible.

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Job Opening in Berlin: Full-time Research Assistant (digital scholarly editions, project coordinator) at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The BERLIN-BRANDENBURG ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (BBAW) is a public corporation based in Berlin. Its academic profile is characterized above all by long-term basic research in the humanities and cultural sciences. The Academy employs around 350 staff and has an annual budget of around 25 million euros.

For the launch of an international digitization and digital edition project, the Academy invites applications for the position of a

Research Assistant (male/female/divers)
in the field of Digital Scholarly Editions and Project Coordination
100% full-time position for an initial duration of 36 months.

The position should ideally begin as soon as possible.

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Immanuel Kant, Alexander von Humboldt and the Tequendama Fall. Two Prussians linked by Geography

Immanuel Kant mentions in his Physical Geography the waterfall of the Bogota River in South America, known today as the Salto de Tequendama, which is located near Bogota, the capital city of Colombia. Kant claims that this was the highest waterfall in the world, which is not true. Alexander von Humboldt could not know anything about it, but he visited the Salto in 1801, just before the publication of Kant’s Physical Geography, and went to personally measure the height of the Salto. In this paper we make a comparison of both personalities who, unknowingly, were united by their interest in the Salto de Tequendama.

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Languages about Languages: Two Brothers and one Humboldtian Science

In der Vergangenheit sah die Humboldt-Forschung beide Brüder als Vertreter gegenteiliger wissenschaftlicher Ansätze. Heute jedoch kann ihr ähnlicher Zugang zu wissenschaftlicher Sprache als Ausgangspunkt für die Konzipierung einer Universität, eines Museums und Forums unter einer einzigen Humboldtschen Wissenschaft genutzt werden.

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Eduard Dorsch and his unpublished poem on the occasion of Humboldt’s 100th birthday

In 1869, the German-American medical doctor and poet, Eduard Dorsch, wrote a poem read in Detroit on the occasion of Humboldt’s 100th birthday. This article publishes the poem for the first time and explores its context within the life and times of its author.

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A Political Economy of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s Essay on the Fluctuations in the Supplies of Gold

In his “Essay on the Fluctuations in the Supplies of Gold” (1838) Humboldt presents a global history of the flow of precious metals from antiquity to the 19th century. This paper traces Humboldt’s economic thinking within his natural and historical research, starting with an outline of his educational background which incorporated late mercantilist and early liberal influences. It then discusses a world map and four charts drawn by Humboldt, which combine historical and contemporary statistical data into a cartographical vision of a global economic circuit. In a next step, the article explores Humboldt’s application of natural and historical research methods in the field of political economy, using the example of his 1838 essay. Finally, the article addresses Humboldt’s discussion of platinum, a precious metal whose limited natural distribution contradicted the idea of free global exchange.

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Humboldt’s Mexico. In the Footsteps of the Illustrious German Scientific Traveller (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2017)

In Humboldt’s Mexico, Myron Echenberg presents a straightforward guide with historical and cultural context to Humboldt’s travels in Mexico. Humboldt packed a lifetime of scientific studies into one daunting year, and soon after published a four-volume account of his findings. His adventures range widely from inspections of colonial silver mines and hikes to the summits of volcanoes to meticulous examination of secret Spanish colonial archives in Mexico City and scientific discussions of archaeological sites of pre-Hispanic Indigenous cultures.

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Plantae des États-Unis – Rediscovered Pages from Alexander von Humboldt’s United States Diary

A recently discovered manuscript sheds a new light on Alexander von Humboldt’s stay in the USA in 1804. The document contains his notes on conversations with President Thomas Jefferson and botanist G. H. E. Mühlenberg. Humboldt also collected information on useful and medicinal plants, listed North American naturalists and documented consumer prices.

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