Expert discussion on Humboldt’s networking methods and networked way of thinking with live video connections from Berlin, Novosibirsk and Bogotá.
14 September 2019, 6 pm (CEST)
The international networking and communication of knowledge by the Prussian cosmopolitan Alexander von Humboldt provide the starting point for highly contemporary questions about ecological relationships, biological and cultural diversity and acceptance. The globally networked discussion highlights the importance of his work and how it was received in the regions he travelled in throughout Europe, America and czarist Russia. His forward-thinking considerations about climate and species protection, his thoughtful words about preserving diversity and resources are considered today to be visionary. His geopolitical advances and humanistic concerns are re-evaluated within the context of the post-colonial discourse. Humboldt’s method and his new science is described by Humboldt expert Ottmar Ette as transdisciplinary, intercultural, trans-areal, globally networked, publicity-oriented, sensual and experimental. The digitally expanded discussion format with live video connections from Bogotá and Novosibirsk is very much in this vein. The welcoming address is by Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut.
German / English / Spanish / Russian
Ottmar Ette, Sandra Rebok, Carolina Chimoy (Moderation)
To what extent have the thinking and methods of the transdisciplinary naturalist remained contemporary to the present day? On the reception of the humanist-oriented observer and internationally networked universal scholar in the Humboldt Year 2019.
Irina Oktjabrskaja, Angelina Davydova, Johannes Grotzky (Moderation)
What would Humboldt, the author and correspondent, report about today? On the ethnic and national identities in the regions travelled in by Humboldt and the global dimension of ecological interconnectedness.
Brigitte Baptiste, Abel Rodríguez, Sara Malagón Llano (Moderation)
What can we learn from indigenous cultures for the future? What does the “queering of ecology” mean? On the extraordinarily high biodiversity of Colombia and the role of the human species in protecting this.