Europe and India in the Early Modern Period

Newman House UCD & Old Library TCD

Date & Time
3rd June, 2010 @ 13:15:00

Europe and India in the Early Modern Period International Conference,

3-4 June 2010, Newman House UCD & Old Library TCD

Organized by Daniel Carey, Derval Conroy and Jane Conroy

Conference organized with the support of:

The Early Modern Research Strand, University College, Dublin

Texts Contexts and Cultures, NUI, Galway

The Library, Trinity College, Dublin

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Society for Renaissance Studies


Thursday 3 June, Newman House, 85-86, St Stephen's Green

13.15 Registration in Newman House

14.15 Joan-Pau Rubiés (London School of Economics):

‘Despotism and superstition: changing views of Indian civilization in Europe, 1550-1750'

14.45 Daniel Carey (National University of Ireland, Galway):

‘John Locke and sati'

15.30 Coffee

16.00 Rui Loureiro, Universidade Nova de Lisboa e Universidade dos Açores:

‘The Indian journeys of a Spanish ambassador: Don García de Silva y Figuero and his Comentarios


16.30 Dirk van der Cruysse, University of Antwerp:

‘Barthélemy Carré's second itinerary to Persia and India'

17.15 Reception in Newman House

Friday 4 June, Henry Jones Conference Room, Old Library, TCD

9.30 Visit to the exhibition: Nabobs, Soldiers and Imperial Service: the Irish in India
The Old Library, Trinity College with Dr Charles Benson, Keeper of Early Printed Books

10.00 Nandini Das (University of Liverpool):

‘Elizabeth I and the East India Company'

10.30 Richmond Barbour (Oregon State University):

‘Corporate praxis and the legacy of privateering: early voyages of the London East India


11.15 Coffee

11.30 Florence D'Souza (Université de Lille):

‘Some European perceptions of Indian trade and multiculturalism in pre-colonial Surat'

12.00 Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick):

‘Superiority by design? Cotton, technology and aesthetics in Eurasian trade, c. 1600-1800'

12.30 Inès Zupanov (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris):

‘Passage to India: Jesuit spiritual economy between martyrdom and profit'

13.15 Lunch

14.45 Michael Harrigan (Fellow at Marsh's Library):

‘Early Modern French Travellers and Histories of India'

15.15 Zoltán Biedermann (Birkbeck, University of London):

‘Negotiating India: Portuguese travel and diplomacy in Hindustan, 1498-1550'

15.45 Dejanirah Couto (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris):

‘Informal Portuguese diplomacy of the Estado da India: spies and renegades in Gujarat (1535-


16.30 Final discussion