Lives in motion: Migration, Exile, and Memory between Europe and Latin America
According to his biographer Ottmar Ette, Alexander von Humboldt was always on the move. Based on the underlying concept of traveling and crossing boundaries, as well as Humboldt’s view of science that “Everything is interaction” (Humboldt ART IX, Vl 27r.), and his idea of science in constant mobility and transformation, the conference will examine various aspects of Humboldt’s worldview in its historical and contemporary manifestations, concentrating on the subject of voluntary and involuntary transgressions of borders (i.e. migration and exile). The focus will be on Latin America as a destination, but also as an origin of intra- and transregional migration (especially from or to Europe), for example in the course of historical waves of immigration, flight from war and National Socialism, or exile in the period of the military dictatorships.
The conference will look at the effects of migration and exile on the cultural, social and political levels. In doing so, the migrants’ and exiles’ views on America or the new world will be taken into consideration. We will also examine the experiences of migrants/exiles in general, and the impact of migration/exile on the respective host countries. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of the individual and collective handling of the events that provoke migration or exile and the resulting culture of remembrance, its expression and forms, as well as its political implications. Particular attention is paid to the role of state institutions in the context of remembrance and overcoming the past, for example through ideological and financial support for the creation of a culture of remembrance or the establishment of legal frameworks and institutions concerned with violence and human rights violations.
The conference is a joint initiative of two visiting professorships sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): the Humboldt Chair at the Colegio de México in Mexico City (Dr. Marion Röwekamp) and the Martius Chair at the University of São Paulo (Dr. Brigitte Weiffen). It will be supported by funding from the German Federal Foreign Office.
21 de noviembre: 9:30 horas – 18:00 horas
Lugar: Sala de videoconferencias, Colmex
22 de noviembre: 10:00 horas – 18:00 horas
Lugar: Salón 5524, Colmex
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