“Mason without apron” – Alexander von Humboldt and the world of freemasonry

While the lack of religion in Alexander von Humboldt’s work and the criticism he received is well known, his relationship with Freemasonry is relatively unexplored. Humboldt appears on some lists of “illustrious Masons,” and several lodges carry his name, but was he really a member? If so, when and where did he join a lodge? Are there any comments by him about Freemasonry? Who were the renowned Masons he was surrounded by? This paper examines these questions, but more importantly it analyzes what a membership might have meant for Humboldt’s scholarly work. It looks particularly at the unprecedented success he enjoyed in the United States in the early 19th century and the factors behind it. What could he have gained from these connections and how was he viewed by Masonic leaders and lodges in the trans-Atlantic world?


Address on the opening Alexander von Humboldt Season in Quito, Ecuador, on 13 February 2019

From 11 to 16 February 2019, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, together with his wife and a delegation accompanying him, travelled to Latin America. The destinations of this trip were the two South American countries Colombia and Ecuador. The journey took the Federal President to Cartagena de Indias, the Caribbean archipelago of the Islas del Rosario and finally to Bogotá. From the capital of Colombia, the group travelled to the capital of Ecuador, to the Pacific Archipelago of the Galapagos Islands, to the famous volcanic giant Antisana and finally to Guayaquil and from there back to Germany.


Veranstaltung „Minds of the Academy“ am 17.12.2019 entfällt

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.


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


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


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.