Early Modern Travel: Theory and Practice, International Conference 27-28th September

Moore Institute seminar room, Applied Optics seminar room,Arts Humanities and Social Science seminar room.

Date & Time
27th September, 2013 @ 09:00:00

Early Modern Travel: Theory and Practice

In the early modern period the development of inquiries, questionnaires, and directions for travel proliferated in an attempt to make travel a useful and productive activity. This conference explores the widespread effort to provide instruction, as well as the travel practices that emerged in response to and in tension with these demands in the domains of natural history and cultural and political observation. Travel developed as a scholarly enterprise and was also incorporated into wider debates among humanists and other authorities evaluating religion, military conflict, and commercial expansion. The conference breaks down the separation between European and ‘exotic’ travel (in the Ottoman Empire, Persia, Arabia) and challenges conventional periodization by describing traditions from the Renaissance to Enlightenment.

Participants from Ireland, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, and Brazil, will discuss figures ranging from Hakluyt to Montaigne, Knolles, La Loubère and Michaelis.

“Texts, Contexts, Culture” is funded under the Higher Education Authority, under PRTLI4 http://www.hea.ie

Friday 27 September

9.15 Registration and Welcome

Session 1: 16th Century agendas

Chair: Jane Grogan (UCD)

Edward Collins (UCD/Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville)

‘Marriage, Union, and the Transfer of Knowledge in the Maritime Enterprises of Spain, Portugal and England in the Sixteenth Century’

Ladan Niayesh (Paris 7)

‘From Travel Guide to Collection of Exempla: Andrew Borde’s The First Book of the Introduction of Knowledge (1547)’

10.45 Coffee and tea break

11.15 Session 2: Networks, politics, and instructional strategies

Chair: Daniel Carey (NUI Galway)

Sebastian Sobecki (Groningen)

‘Innocent Espionage: Robert Cecil’s Network and John Peyton’s Travels in Central Europe, 1598-1603’

Paola Molino (Austrian National Library)

‘The Importance of Being “Instructed” in the Late 16th-Century Scholarly World’

12.30 Lunch

2.00 bus departure for Claregalway

14.45 Session 3: The Arabian Voyage, 1761-1767

Chair: Ida Pugliese (NUI Galway/Marie Curie IEF)

Daniel Carey (NUI Galway),

’J.D. Michaelis’s Instructions for the Arabian Voyage: Contexts and Continuities’

Anne Haslund Hansen (National Museum Denmark), ‘Between Image and Text: Carsten Niebuhr’s Publications from the Arabian Voyage, 1761-1767’

16.00 Coffee and tea break

16.30 Session 4: Irish itineraries

Chair: John Waddell (NUI Galway)

Peter Harbison (RIA): ‘Beranger and Bigari’s Tour of Connacht in 1779’

17.30 Reception (Claregalway Castle)

19.30 Conference Dinner (Claregalway Castle)

Saturday 28 September

9.15 Session 5: Travel and the art of observation

Chair: Ladan Niayesh (Paris 7)

Luciana Villas Bôas (Rio de Janeiro/Free University Berlin)

‘The Ends of Travel Writing in Michel de Montaigne’s Journal de Voyage (1580-1581)’

Sven Trakulhun (Zurich)

‘The Scientific Traveller: Simon de La Loubère’s Du Royaume de Siam (1691)’

Julia Böttcher (Regensburg)

The Instructed Naturalist: Travel Instructions and the 18th-Century Norm of Observational Practice’

11.15 Coffee and tea break

11.45 Session 6: Ottomans, Persians and early modern scholarship

Chair: Lindsay Reid (NUI Galway)

Jane Grogan (University College Dublin)

‘“Engrossed by Experience” at the King of Persia’s Court: Xenophon’s Travels’

Anders Ingram (NUI Galway)

‘Sixteenth-Century English Perspectives on the Ottoman Empire: Richard Knolles and Richard Hakluyt’

13.15 Lunch

For more information please contact daniel.carey@nuigalway.ie