»HiE – Humboldt in English« book series: Chicago University Press website goes online!

Screenshot of the new HiE website (© Chicago University Press)
Screenshot of the new HiE website (© Chicago University Press)

Chicago University Press recently inaugurated a new website on Alexander von Humboldt. The website is meant to provide context, original sources and further readings on Chicago’s HiE book series, now starting with an entire section on Alexander von Humboldt and Cuba.

The introduction to this section states:

Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba is one of the founding texts of nineteenth-century Cuba. For Humboldt, Cuba was a microcosm of the New World. Foreseeing the social problems to come, his book called for social and economic reform. Because he adopted a strong stand against slavery and the slave trade, the book became the most controversial of Humboldt’s publications in its day. Read more

The site is intended to be used in connection with the text of the translations and was specifically designed with teachers, students and researchers in mind. Topics of the website concerning Humboldt in Cuba include:

The HiE – Humboldt in English project

The Alexander von Humboldt in English (HiE) project seeks to prepare unabridged and annotated translations of the most significant parts of Alexander von Humboldt’s works. In 2011, the series‘ editors Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette published the first of the HiE’s three volumes: A Critical Edition of Alexander von Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. HiE’s edition of the Essai Politique sur l’île de Cuba is the only complete English edition of Humboldt’s revised work on Cuba.

Books in the Humboldt in English Series

Volume 1: Political Essay on the Island of Cuba (2011)

Volume 2: Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (forthcoming)

Volume 3: Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain (forthcoming)

HiE  website goes online!


Redaktion avhumboldt.de (TK)

Dr. Tobias Kraft (TK) ++ 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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