SciencesPo / IHEAL Paris, 4-7 juillet 2016





Terminado el congreso con todas las comunicaciones y actividades complementarias, visita de Saint Germain y La Malmaison, La Petite Malmaison y en posteriores días a La Rochelle con el encuentro organizado por Guy Martinière con las autoridades, queremos nuevamente agradecer a todas las instituciones, colaboradores, participantes, asistentes y ayudantes que han hecho posible este evento con sus generosas aportaciones y esfuerzos desinteresados. Ha sido un encuentro único de investigadores y admiradores de ambas figuras emblemáticas unidas tan significativamente en París.



Quelques-uns parmi vous nous ont posé la question de la publication: Dès le départ de notre projet, nous étions tous d'accord parmi les organisateurs sur le fait que l'on n'envisagerait pas une publication générale de tous les papiers du colloque vu le caractère très différent des contributions. Mais avec Olivier Compagnon et Charlotte de Castelnau nous travaillons sur un projet d'une publication de quelques textes recentrée autour de la problématique générale du colloque, les dimensions politiques des circulations de savoirs entre Europe et Amérique latine autour d'Alexander von Humboldt et Aimé Bonpland. Le colloque a montré, à nos yeux, le grand intérêt qu'un tel projet pourrait avoir pour la recherche historique en générale mais aussi pour les études humboldtiennes en particulier. Nous espérons qu'un grand nombre parmi vous auxquels nous allons écrire une fois que nous sommes plus avancés sur ce projet (vraisemblablement à la fin de l'été) répondra  favorablement à notre appel. 

Je vous joins le mail de Tobias Kraft détaillant quelques ressources de la recherche sur Alexander von Humboldt ainsi que d'autres possibilités de publication. 

Je vous souhaite tous, malgré tout, un très bon été.

Bien cordialement

Jakob Vogel 


Dear colleagues,

I would like to take the opportunity of this wonderful conference we were all attending to share information about current projects and some important digital resources with you. I use these resources myself on a very regluar basis and can recommend them to all those of you who are working on Alexander von Humboldt's texts and engage in Humboldt scholarship. You might know/use some, but perhaps not all of them.

Tobias Kraft
HiN - Alexander von Humboldt im Netz. International Review for Humboldt Studies

HiN is a biannual, peer-reviewed open access journal. It has been online since 2000 and is available free of charge. The journal is now the standard reference point for the study of Alexander von Humboldt. Each of HiN’s issues contains 6-10 refereed articles. The journal’s recorded usage statistics since May 2005 indicates that each issue of HiN reaches anywhere from 5,000 to 45,000 readers. HiN search queries typically come from an international, mostly Spanish- and English-speaking, community with specific interest in social and cultural history, as well as in the history of science and intellectual history more broadly. There are no author charges (commonly known as APCs) prior to publication, and any reader may download articles and reviews for their own scholarly use at no cost. In 2015, the journal received a full scale relaunch and now runs OJS (Open Journal Systems) with full integration of XML metadata for all articles, including DOI references and a citation service (with data export options to all major citation standards).
Humboldt Digital - Bibliography of digitial facsimiles

Humboldt Digital is an online database of primary sources of Humboldt‘s works (like Kosmos, his American Oeuvre (29 vols.), the Views of the Cordilleras, the Essai politique sur l‘île de Cuba, etc.), in most cases including the original and posterior translations of his works. Currently, the database includes 225 entries to full text archives like Google Books, Gallica, Biodiversity Heritage Library, David Rumsey Historical Map Collection, etc. - Alexander von Humboldt Informationen online is an online platform about worldwide activities regarding Humboldt. It is also the  succeeding  project of "Alexander von Humboldt im Netz", which has been collecting and commenting information and marterials about the life and achievements of Alexander von Humboldt since 1999. wants to provide a comprehensive introduction to this great scientist and erudite, present worldwide activities around Humboldt and bundle them in one location, familiarize more people with „Humboldtian Science“ and serve as a research archive for both a specialized as well as wider audience, provide materials, subject-matters, primary and secondary sources concerning Humboldt, dynamically intertwine the many facets of scholarship on Humboldt and, finally, be open for you! – we look forward to your comments and contributions!

Kalliope is the main German database for collections of personal papers, manuscripts, and publishers' archives. It serves as the National Information System for these material types and was established in 1966. It contains the largest number of Humboldt manuscript references worldwide and lists the mayor part of the corpus which is currently being edited in Berlin by the research group "Travelling Humboldt - Science on the Move" (AvH-R) at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Digital Collections of Humboldt's literary estate/manuscript legacy in Berlin and Cracovie

These collections are directly linked to the Kalliope catalogue and were presented by Dominik Erdmann in his talk on Thursday afternoon. The website of the Berlin State Library on their Humboldt collection presents entries to all the sections of Humboldts "Nachlass" (literary estate). Just recently, the Biblioteka Jagiellonska has published their Humboldt manuscripts digitally as well.
Deutsches Textarchiv

The German Text Archive contains the currently largest corpus of original “secondary” Humboldt publications (dt. “Unselbständige Schriften”: articles, speeches, book chapters, Academy lectures excerpts, letter reviews) as well as the entire text of "Kosmos" and the Hauff translation to German of "Relation historique". Currently, 172 genuine Humboldt sources are available as full text. Most of these sources were commissioned and quality-controlled in cooperation with our project (AvH-R). All texts are encoded in XML and follow the TEI valid DTABf (DTA Basic format).
Alexander von Humboldt Chronology

The Humboldt Chronology ist based on biographical data research by Humboldt researchers like Margot Faak, Kurt-R. Biermann, Ilse Jahn, Fritz Lange and Peter Honigmann and has been updated until very recently by Ingo Schwarz. It represents the largest collection of document-based information on the chronology of Alexander von Humboldt's life currently available. It is projected to redesign the chronology to include its crucial data in the further development of the Academy's long-term research project "Travelling Humboldt - Science on the Move" (see below).
Online Database of secondary sources

The "Sekundärliteratur-Datenbank" is a database that collects research on Alexander von Humboldt (books, book chapters, articles, reviews), constantly updated. The database is currently under maintenance and will in the future be transformed into a Zotero database. Nevertheless, it is online and can be used as a research tool.

Current Projects
Alexander von Humboldt's American Travel Journals - Genealogy, Chronology, Epistemology

Website (in German) with all informations regarding the research group led by Prof. Dr. Ottmar Ette at the Universität Potsdam. Several larger research projects on Humboldt's travel journals are currently being prepared by the members of this group, most of which presented their current research at the conference in Paris.
Travelling Humboldt - Science on the Move

The Academy Project “Travelling Humboldt – Science on the Move” involves the complete edition of the manuscripts of Alexander von Humboldt on the topical complex ‘journeys’. The corpus of the projected edition contains travel journals, diaries, memoranda, publications in the countries and regions travelled, and correspondence. The outlines of the project as well as its most recent developments were presented at the conference as well.
Hidden Kosmos - Reconstructing Alexander von Humboldt's Kosmos-Lectures

The project is located at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. Within two years (until August 2016) the project digitizes eleven attendee's lecture notes of Humboldt's world-famous "Vorlesungen über physikalische Geographie", the so-called "Kosmos-Lectures". In these lectures, held in two distinct courses in Berlin in 1827/28, Alexander von Humboldt presented the scientic knowledge of his time in lectures which became famous in their own right as a milestone in the popularization of sciences as well as due to their apparent connection to the five-volume "Kosmos. Entwurf einer physischen Weltbeschreibung" (1845-62). Until their publication by the Hidden Kosmos project, the attendee’s lecture notes were an almost entirely unknown set of texts. They are indispensible for identifying Humboldt’s own manuscripts connected to the Kosmos-Lectures that are scattered in the so-called “Kollektaneen zum Kosmos” and across other parts of the legacy held in Berlin and Krakow. The Hidden Kosmos project virtually brings together manuscripts from libraries, archives as well as private collections in Germany, Poland and Turkey. The TEI-XML-encoded full-text transcriptions of about 3500 manuscript pages are published via the Deutsches Textarchiv ( This standard-compliant, deeply annotated and highly integrated corpus is freely available under the CC by-sa license.

Best regards to everybody at and around the conference: It was a great pleasure and wonderful profesional experience meeting and talking to all of you!