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.

Member Activities II

Frank W. Stahnisch

has recently assumed role of an Editor-in-Chief with the international “Journal of the History of the Neurosciences”:

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/njhn20/current . In this capacity he hopes to encourage more interdisciplinary exchanges with the history of psychiatry, public mental health, and the classics and humanities communities, in accordance with their group’s ongoing research and that of colleagues, who have worked on the historical research dimensions in related fields. Several of our Humboldt colleagues might find this also an interesting venue to send their work to, if this sufficiently touches on the above areas from humanities and social sciences perspectives.

bookThe “Journal of the History of the Neurosciences” is the official journal of the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN) and the History Committee of the World Federation of Neurology (WFN).  It is a flagship journal in the area of the history of neuroscience, psychiatry, and public mental health, with a 2014 Impact Factor of 0,537.  The Institute for Scientific Information Journal Citation Report® ranks it 21st out of 56 journals in the history and philosophy of science category.

The “Journal of the History of the Neurosciences” is the leading communication platform dealing with the historical roots of the basic and applied neurosciences.  Its domains cover historical perspectives and developments, including biographical studies, disorders, institutions, documents, and instrumentation in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychiatry, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropsychology, and the behavioral neurosciences.  The history of ideas, changes in society and medicine, and the connections with other disciplines (e. g., the arts, philosophy, psychology) are also reflected.  In addition to original, full-length papers, the journal publishes informative short communications, letters to the editors, book reviews, and contributions to its NeuroWords and Neurognostics columns.  All manuscripts are subject to initial editorial appraisal, and, if found suitable for further consideration, full- and short-length papers are subjected to rigorous peer review by anonymous academic referees. (see http://www.tandfonline.com/action/journalInformation?journalCode=njhn20#.VYx_DutWuS1)

Member Activities I

Some members of our AvH Association of Canada are rather active. You might not have given it the proper attention – please look up books and articles in our Archive section. Here are the newest additions announced by Anshuman Khare:

Phantom-ex-MAchina-400x400Phantom ex machina – Digital disruption’s role in business model transformation
        •       Editors: Anshuman Khare, Rod Scahtz and Brian Stewart
        •       Date of Publication: October 2016 (anticipated)
        •       Status: Planning Stage
        •       Call for abstracts for papers (download) – DEADLINE August 31, 2015.
        •       Proposed book’s companion website: http://phantomexmachina.com/ 
        •       Publisher: TBA.



9783319168883Managing in a VUCA World (in-press)
        •       Editors: Anshuman Khare, Oliver Mack, Andreas Krämer and Thomas Burgartz
        •       June 2015 (expected) / 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.
        •       Purchase at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319168883






9783642370298And this one is doing good – over 8000 chapter downloads in 2 years!

Mitigating Climate Change: The Emerging Face of Modern Cities
        •       Editors:  Anshuman Khare and Terry Beckman
        •       May 2013 / 303 pages
        •       Publisher: Springer-Verlag GmbH, Tiergartenstr. 17, 69121 Heidelberg, Germany
        •       Hard Cover ISBN: 978-3-642-37029-8
        •       Book ISBN: 978-3-642-37030-4
        •       Soft Cover ISBN: 978-3-642-42757-2
        •       Purchase at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783642370298#

Appropriate links will be made available in the Archive section later.

Pre-Announcement Humboldt Kolleg: May 5 – 8, 2016 on “TIME”

Please reserve the time in order to join us for the next Humboldt Kolleg on ‘Time’ in 2016.  Details of the Kolleg and Call for Abstracts to follow, preliminary agenda click here:

calendar-image2016 HUMBOLDT KOLLEG: TIME


DATES: May 5 – 8, 2016



a new book by Hoffmann and Stahnisch


frankHoffmann, Thomas and Stahnisch, Frank W. (eds). Kurt Goldstein – Der Aufbau des Organismus. Einfuehrung in die Biologie unter besonderer Beruecksichtigung der Erfahrungen am kranken Menschen. Munich – Paderborn: Fink Verlag, 2014. 462 pp..

Der Aufbau des Organismus ist das Hauptwerk des deutsch-amerikanischen Neurologen und Psychiaters Kurt Goldstein (1878-1965). Erstmals seit 1934 erscheint es nun in einer neuen deutschsprachigen Ausgabe.

Im Spannungsfeld von Neurologie, Psychologie und Philosophie entwarf Kurt Goldstein im niederländischen Exil eine ganzheitliche Theorie des Aufbaus und der Funktion des menschlichen Organismus, die eine völlig neue Sicht auf die menschliche Psyche und die Funktionsweise des Gehirns ermöglichte.
Sein Werk zählt nicht nur zu den Klassikern der modernen Neuropsychologie, sondern prägte auch so unterschiedliche Strömungen wie die Phänomenologie in Frankreich (Merleau- Ponty), die humanistische Psychologie in den USA (Maslow, Rogers) und die Kulturhistorische Schule der russischen Psychologie (Wygotski, Luria, Leontjew).
In der Nachkriegszeit in Deutschland weitgehend verdrängt und vergessen, wartete dieses Buch lange auf seine Wiederentdeckung. Angesichts der aktuellen Diskussion des Leib-Seele-Problems in den Neurowissenschaften und der Philosophie ist Goldsteins Werk heute wieder hochaktuell.

Happy New Year 2015


Feuerzangenbowle – burning the booze – photo by Rolf’s daughter Brooke

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Royal Society of Canada are pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Konrad Adenauer Research Award 2015. 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, 2015. For more information please see the attached document or visit http://rsc-src.ca/en/fellows/medals-awards/rsc-medals-awards.


Banff Centre Vista

Symposium on Earth

The Symposium on Earth was the fourth national meeting organized by the Humboldt Association of Canada (HAC).  The Symposium registration, at approximately fifty scientists, was similar to registration for the previous three Kollegs.  The first HAC national event, the Symposium on Water, was also held at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta in 2005.

The programme of the Symposium centered on the theme of Earth.  The invited keynote speakers (Prof. Dr. Helmut Echtler, Universitaet Potsdam; Prof. Dr. Inga Moeck, University of Alberta), addressed the broad theme, EARTH, from geological perspectives, but skillfully translated their special knowledge to engage the interests of everyone present. Proffered presentations by delegates rounded out these themes by introducing philosophical, sociological, paleontological, chemical and engineering views of ‘Earth’.  The program included both full assemblies and concurrent sessions, and with ample time for discussion following individual papers, over refreshments and at social events.

One highlight of the Symposium was the participation of Consul-General Sitz (Vancouver), who opened the Symposium and participated in all aspects of the program.  The opening session served not only to welcome the delegates, but also to outline Humboldt-oriented activities in Canada – Professor Kennepohl describing the objectives and activities of HAC the Humboldt Foundation Liaison Office Canada (HFLOC).  Dr. Chow read out a letter of welcome sent by Dr. Amian (AvH, Bonn).

The Symposium again provided a rare opportunity for HAC to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM; required under incorporation regulations) with nationwide participation. The AGM was called to order by HAC President Kennepohl at 08:30 May 11, 2014A quorum of thirty members was declared.  Discussions centered primarily on the need for improved promotion of HAC and the national HAC Symposia, intra-HAC communications and even constitutional issues.  Officers elected (all by acclamation) included Prof. Chung-Wai Chow (President), Prof. Anshuman Khare (Treasurer), Prof. Siegfried F. Stiemer (Webmaster), Prof. Leonard I. Wiebe (Secretary), Prof. Dietmar Kennepohl  (Past-President) and Prof. Rolf Mathewes (Vice-President). (Excerpt of the Secretary’s Report, Leonard I. Wiebe).

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