editing and writing by Dorothy Porter & Frank W. Stahnisch


Western Humanities Alliance Special Issue

with an edited volume by

Dorothy Porter & Frank W. Stahnisch, eds.: Boundary Work and Trading Zones in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press 2015 (396pp.)

Editor’s Note

Our annual special issue with the Western Humanities Alliance. This year’s theme is “Trading Zone and Boundary Concepts in the History of Medicine and the Medical Humanities.”

Editors: Dorothy Porter & Frank W. Stahnisch

it’s time for 2016 HUMBOLDT KOLLEG

kolleg_2016to view or print Final 2016 Kolleg Programme & Abstract Book: TIME (click here)







invitation to early career scholars

logo March 2016

Dear Post-Doctoral Trainees, Clinician Scientist Trainees and Early Career Researchers,

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers research fellowships and research awards to outstandingly qualified researchers to conduct research in Germany.  The selection committees comprise academics from all fields of specialisation and they make independent decisions, based solely on the applicant’s academic record. The Foundation supports people, not projects. Once a Humboldtian, the Foundation integrates all alumni in a world-spanning network of excellence during their entire lifetime.

As part of our ongoing network of promoting collaborative research excellence between Germany and Canada, I would like to extend an invitation to Post-Doctoral Trainees, Clinician Scientist Trainees and early career scholarships (< 12 years of PhD) to the upcoming Humboldt Kolleg on “Time” to be held at the Munk Conference Centre at the University of Toronto, May 6-8, 2016.   Following on the footsteps of 4 highly successful Kollegs on the elements, “Water “(Banff, 2005), “Fire” (Ottawa, 2009), “Air” (Vancouver, 2011) and “Earth “(2014), ‘Time’ will undoubtedly result in a weekend of stimulating conversations amongst us.

The meeting is generously supported by grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Germany Academic Exchange (DAAD). Conference registration and meals will be covered.  An excursion to Niagara-on-the-Lake is open to conference attendees and spouses at the cost of $120 each, and includes transportation, winery tour and an evening dinner reception.

Updates regarding the conference can be found on this website. Information about the opportunities offered by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation can be found at www.avh.de.

If interested, please complete and return attached registration form at your earliest convenience.  Space is limited. If there are questions, please contact me at the address below.


Chung-Wai Chow, MD, PhD, FRCPC

President, Humboldt Foundation of Canada



Stephen Clarkson

It is with sadness that we report that Stephen Clarkson, a well-know political scientist at the University of Toronto, has died in Freiburg, Germany while on a research trip. He was 78.

You may know that he was the winner of Alexander Humboldt Foundation’s Konrad Adenauer Research Award in 2013. The Award, managed by the Royal Society of Canada, was created to promote academic collaboration between Canada and the Federal Republic of Germany and is available to be awarded annually to a Canadian scholar in the humanities or social sciences.

Some details of Stephen’s life and contributions can be found here in this Globe & Mail article;

2016 Humboldt Kolleg – Time-travel discounts

rotating-watchUpdates, News, and Registration Extension:

•      2016 Humboldt Kolleg – Programme (updated 2016 01 25)

•       Registration Form, to Anshuman (anshuman.khare@fb.athabascau.ca),
now extended to Feb.29, 2016


•       Holiday Inn Booking Formto Holiday Inn

•       Air Canada Discount, ask Chung-Wai for Promotion Code

•       WestJet Discount, ask Chung-Wai for Promo Code and Coupon
        Code (cw.chow@utoronto.ca)

Please note that Holiday Inn, Air Canada, and WestJet are supporting our Kolleg with discounts.

Call for Nominations, Konrad Adenauer Research Award

adenauerhumboldtThe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Royal Society of Canada are pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Konrad Adenauer Research Award 2016. The Award is conferred annually and recognises the entire academic record to date of an internationally renowned Canadian researcher in the Humanities or Social Sciences. Nominations for the award must identify academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and beyond, and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge academic achievements in future.

The deadline is March 1, 2016. For more information please visit http://rsc-src.ca/en/fellows/medals-awards/rsc-medals-awards.

If you have questions regarding the award or nomination process, please contact Marie-Lyne Renaud, Manager for Fellowship and Awards at the Royal Society of Canada (nominations@rsc-src.ca).

Happy New Year 2016


and a few rare snowflakes from British Columbia.

Member Activities III

Here are the newest additions announced by Anshuman Khare:

anshuman1Phantom ex machina – Digital disruption’s role in business model transformation
•       Editors: Anshuman Khare, Rod Scahtz and Brian Stewart
•       Date of Publication: October 2016 (anticipated)
•       Book’s companion website: 
•       Publisher:  Springer US, 233 Spring Street, New York NY 10013, USA.




anshuman2Managing in a VUCA World (in-press)
•       Editors: Anshuman Khare, Oliver Mack, Andreas Krämer and Thomas Burgartz
•       July 2015 / 222 pages, ISBN 978-3-319-16888-3 / eBook ISBN 978-3-319-16889-0
•       Publisher: Springer US, 233 Spring Street, New York NY 10013, USA.
•       Book website: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319168883

missed news from 2014: Prof. Henry Mantsch

Ottawa 25 Sept 2014 Mit Joachim Gauck und Daniela SchadtGerman Bundespresident Joachim Gauck conferred physicist Prof. Dr. Henry Mantsch, A.v. Humboldt fellow from 1966/67, the Bundesverdienstkreuz for building scientific bridges between Canada and Germany during his state visit to Canada last year. Prof. Mantsch, who had worked with the Nobel Laureat Prof. Herzberg at the National Research Centre in Ottawa in the field of molecular spectroscopy, was a bridge builder of outstanding quality who had paved the way for many young German and Canadian scientists to work and do research in an international framework.

Prof. Mantsch will be attending our upcoming Kolleg presenting his talk “Time in Physics”.

The photo is from the ceremony with Bundespresident Joachim Gauck and his partner Daniela Schadt, Ottawa 25 Sept 2014.

Harald Bauder – Konrad Adenauer Award Winner

bauderThe Royal Society of Canada (RSC) has announced this year’s Konrad Adenauer Award Winner: Harald Bauder from Ryerson University who is also a Humboldt Fellow. The Konrad Adenauer Research Award, established in 1989, is conferred annually by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in cooperation with the Royal Society of Canada. It recognizes the entire academic record to date of an internationally renowned Canadian researcher in the Humanities or Social Sciences.

We are also pleased to see many Humboldtians on the list of newly elected RSC fellows, including Kathryn Brush, Angela Esterhammer, Margret Morrison, and Joerg Bohlmann. Keren Rice and Julio Navarro, two recipients of RSC medals, are also Humboldtians.






Harald Bauder is Professor of Geography and Academic Director at the Centre for Immigration and Settlement at Ryerson University.