Ottmar Ette#

Ottmar Ette
Email:ette 'at'
Membership Number:2730
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:GERMANY

Present and Previous Positions
  • 1995 - present Chair of Romance Literature at the University of Potsdam, Brandenburg (Germany) (venia legendi: Romance Literatures and Comparative Literature)
  • 2014 - present Head of the 3-year Research Project on Humboldt’s American Travel Diaries
  • April 2010-Juli 2010 Fellow at FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies)
  • 2004-2005 Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Study)
  • 1995 Habilitation at the Catholic University of Eichstätt, Bavaria
  • 1990 PhD at the University of Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg

Fields of Scholarship
  • Alexander von Humboldt
  • Literary Studies as Life Science
  • TransArea Studies: Poetics of Movement
  • Relations between Regionalisms and the accelerated Globalization Processes
  • 18th century francophone literature with special consideration towards Travel Literature and the philosophical reflections on the European Expansion.
  • Inter- and Transcultural Dialogues between Europe and Latin America
  • Connections between Literary Theory and Literary Writing in France and in the francophone Area in the tense Modern and Postmodern Field
  • Literary Translation and its Theory

Honours and Awards
  • 2014 Research Award Escuela Nacional de Altos Estudios from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • 2014 Honorary Member of the Modern Language Association of America (MLA), United States of America
  • 2014 3-year Grant by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for a research project on Alexander von Humboldt's American Travel Diaries
  • 2013 Ordinary Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Germany)
  • 2012 Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (France)
  • 2010 Ordinary Member of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe)
  • 2001 Research Award for Romance Literature in honor of Hugo Friedrich and Erich Köhler (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br. in cooperation with the universities of Basel (Switzerland), Mulhouse and Strasbourg (France))
  • 1991 Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Award for Young Academics in Romance Literature
  • 1987 Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz-Award (Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany)

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