10 Oktober 2016, No. 25/2016

400 years after Shakespeare and Cervantes – international conference on their work and influence

Philologists and cultural scholars from 35 countries to meet in Bonn from 12 to 15 October to discuss the importance of the two authors.

The 6th Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum will revolve around the works of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. Both authors died 400 years, within just a few days of each another. Their works have shaped literature and culture to the present day. Leading international scholars of literature, languages and culture will discuss the importance of the two authors under the motto “World Literatures ‒ Masterpieces: Shakespeare and Cervantes 2016”. Discussions will focus on processes of canonisation and periodisation, address questions of authorship and authority and delve into the history of genre. Some 170 scholars from 35 countries are expected to attend this year’s Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum. 

Date and venue: 12-15 October 2016, University of Bonn (opening ceremony on 12 October, 5 p.m.) and Hotel Bristol (conference from 13-15 October)

Note for the press: Journalists are welcome to attend. We will gladly arrange personal interviews. Please register via e-mail addressed to presse(at)avh.de.

The Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum will be opened by the Rector of the University of Bonn, Michael Hoch; the Mayor of the City of Bonn, Gabriele Klingmüller; and the President of the Humboldt Foundation, Helmut Schwarz. Noted literary and cultural scholar and Max Planck Research Award winner Aleida Assmann will give the keynote lecture.Other speakers will include the Humboldt Professor and German Studies specialist Elisabeth Décultot and the English Studies scholar, translator and author Klaus Reichert. The scientific supervisors are Claudia Olk, Professor of Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and President of the Deutsche Shakespeare-Gesellschaft (German Shakespeare Society); Martina Wagner-Egelhaaf, Professor of German Studies at the University of Münster; David E. Wellbery, Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Chicago; and Matei Chihaia, Professor of Romance Studies at the University of Wuppertal.

The Bonn Humboldt Award Winners’ Forum is an annual event organised by the Humboldt Foundation to connect their research award winners with junior researchers and German host institutions. The conference also aims to raise Bonn’s profile as a city of science.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Every year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation enables more than 2,000 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of well over 27,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in more than 140 countries worldwide – including 54 Nobel Prize winners.


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