The Peninsular Center for Humanities and Social Sciences (CEPHCIS) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Humanities Coordination of the UNAM, the Humboldt State University of California, the University of Groningen, the Bureau of Higher Education, Innovation and Research of the State of Yucatan and the Merida City Council are pleased to invite the national and international academic communities to the “IX International and Interdisciplinary Conference Alexander von Humboldt and Travelers Through Yucatan”, which will take place in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico between 19th and 24th of November 2018.
The main objective of the conference is to encourage the academic interdisciplinary debate around the prominent figure of Alexander von Humboldt and the travelers who toured the Yucatan from the first explorations of the Spanish conquerors to our present days. The debate includes both the social, physical and natural sciences, as well as, the humanities.
The importance of the figure of Alexander von Humboldt in the studies on America cannot be denied. From his arrival to the New Continent and his observation and recording of the natural, social, archaeological and cultural reality, he defined not only areas of knowledge concerning the broad regions of America, but also a new way of conceiving knowledge. Crossing disciplinary boundaries, Humboldt enriched the natural sciences with aesthetics, and the latter with science, and it is from this early moment in the nineteenth century, in this mixture of the norms of the scientific knowledge with those of artistic sensitivity, that the American space and identity are reconfigured.
The “IX International and Interdisciplinary Conference Alexander von Humboldt and Travelers Through Yucatan” invites to reclaim and revitalize the rich heritage of the interdisciplinary dialogue that propelled Alexander von Humboldt on his journey through America.