04/30/2014, symposium & live webcast: „Alexander von Humboldt and the Order of Nature“, New York

Symposium on Aspects of Culture
and Landscape in the Americas

Americas Society, Council of the Americas

April 30, 2014, 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Eduard Ender (Austrian, 1822-1883). Alexander von Humboldt and Bonpland in the Jungle Hut, ca. 1850. Archive of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Welcome Remarks

  • Harper Montgomery, Distinguished Lecturer and Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Professor in Latin American Art, Hunter College: morning
  • Gabriela Rangel, Director of Visual Arts and Chief Curator, Americas Society: afternoon

11:00am to 1:00pm – PANEL 1: Humboldt and Social Order in the Americas

  • Introduction: Wenzel Bilger, Regional Program Director, Goethe-Institute, New York.
  • Respondent: Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor and Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University.


  • Ottmar Ette, Chair of Romance Literature, University of Potsdam
    Alexander von Humboldt as a World Citizen. Nomadic Knowledge and the Global Landscapes of Theory
  • Michael Zeuske, Professor of Caribbean and Latin American History, Universität zu Köln
    Humboldt and Slavery
  • Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English, University of Notre Dame
    The Manifold Nature of Humboldt’s Pocket Cosmos
  • Mark Dion, Contemporary Artist
    An Artist Responds to the Collecting Tradition of Naturalists in the Neotropics

1:00 pm to 2:30pm – BREAK

2:30pm to 5:30pm – PANEL 2: Humboldt’s Influence on the Art of the Americas

  • Video: The Wake, by Dana Levy
  • Introduction: Georgia de Havenon, Exhibition Guest Curator
  • Respondent: Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Art of the Unites States, Latin America and Their Cross-Currents, 1750-1950, The Graduate Center, City University of New York.


  • Tim Barringer, Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art, Yale University
    Humboldt, the Panorama, and Landscape Painting
  • Kevin J. Avery, Senior Research Scholar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    The Art of the Order of Nature: Frederic Church and Humboldt’s Earthly Model
  • Pablo Diener, Professor in the History Department at the Universidad Federal de Mato Grosso, in Brazil
    The Creation of a Science Accessible through the Senses: Humboldt and the Travelers‘ Art
  • Alicia Lubowski-Jahn: Exhibition Guest Curator
    Nature’s Unity: Alexander von Humboldt’s Picturesque Vision of Ecology

Time and place

Americas Society
Council of the Americas

Hunter College
695 Park Avenue, North Building
Room 1527, 15th Floor
New York, NY

April 30, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Event Information: Nuria Mendoza | nmendoza@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8367
Press Inquiries: Adriana La Rotta | alarotta@as-coa.org | 1-212-277-8384

Live webcast

The symposium will be broadcasted live here.


Watch live streaming video from ascoa at livestream.com

Tobias Kraft

Homepage ++ Redaktionsleitung avhumboldt.de (früher Humboldt im Netz) seit 2001 sowie Mitglied im Editorial Board des Open Access Journals HiN – Internationale Zeitschrift für Humboldt-Studien seit 2002 ++ Studium der Romanistik, Germanistik, Medienwissenschaft und Geschichte an der Universität Bonn und an der Universität Potsdam ++ 2008–2013 Promotion zu Alexander von Humboldt am Lehrstuhl für französisch- und spanischsprachige Literatur (Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette), Institut für Romanistik, Universität Potsdam ++ seit Januar 2015 Arbeitsstellenleiter im Langzeitvorhaben "Alexander von Humboldt auf Reisen – Wissenschaft aus der Bewegung" (AvH-R) an der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften ++ Initiator und seit 2019 Leiter des "Proyecto Humboldt Digital (ProHD) – Initiative zur Fortbildung in den Digitalen Geisteswissenschaften / Iniciativa para la Capacitación en Humanidades Digitales (La Habana/Berlin)".

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