11th September 2017

09.30 – 09.40: Welcome and Introduction

09.40 – 11.10: Production of Travel Literature

  • Eva Johanna Holmberg, ‘Passages Recollected by Memory’: Remembering the Levant Company in seventeenth-century merchant life writing
  • Byapti Sur, Pandemonium in Pomp: A Dutch account of festivals and festivities in seventeenth century Mughal India
  • Liam Haydon, Merchants Making History

11.10 – 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00: Uses of Travel Literature

  • Michiel van Groesen, From Secrecy to Openness: Dierick Ruiters’ Manuscript Maps and the Birth of the Dutch Atlantic World 
  • Adrien Delmas, The Forgotten Function of Writing: Travel literature, international law and the European share of the world at the turn of the seventeenth century
  • Haig Smith, “Assemblies of their own Nations”: Perceptions of South Asian religious diversity in seventeenth century English East India Company correspondence

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.15: Hakluyt Society Editorial Workshop

  • Will Ryan and Katherine Parker

15.15 – 15.30: Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00: Promoting Trading Companies

  • Anne Goldgar, Marketing Arctic Knowledge
  • Stefan Halikowski Smith, Venice and the Danish East India Company: Reading Nicola Cima’s ‘Relatione Distinta delli Regni di Siam, China, Tunchino e Cocincina’ (c. 1707)
  • Giorgio Tosco, Written Reports and the Promotion of Trans-Oceanic Trade in Tuscany and Genoa in the Seventeenth Century

17.00 – 18.00: Keynote Address

  • Jyotsna Singh, The East India Company and English Encounters with Islam in Mughal India


12th September 2017

9.00 – 10.30: Planning Empire through Travel Literature

  • John Carrigy, John Dee and Elizabethan Empire: Defining Empire within contemporary historiographical culture
  • Marina Bezzi, Richard Hakluyt and Lancelot Voisin de la Popeliniere: Other-than-European environments in European travel literature collections
  • Alasdair Macfarlane, Creating ‘New Caledonia’: Rumour, news and the Company of Scotland

10.30 – 10.50: Coffee break

10.50 – 12.20: Approaches to Non-European Voices

  • Margaret Hunt, Dervish Mehmed Edib’s Pilgrimage to Mecca: Gender and spirituality in an eighteenth-century Islamic travel narrative 
  • Sam Ellis, Reading Early English East India Company Travel Narratives in the Himalayas: Difficulties, limitations and opportunities
  • Renu Elizabeth Abraham, ‘To Die and Kill and Annex’: The Acquisition and Translation of a Malayalam Palm-leaf by the English East India Company, 1792-1804

12.20 – 13.20: Lunch

13.20 – 14.50: Materiality of Information

  • Djoeke van Netten, Ships on Maps and Maps on Ships
  • Souvik Mukherjee, “Unburying” Company History: Reconstructing European Company narratives through digital archives
  • Frank Birkenholz, Paper that Travels: The materiality of the Dutch East India Company’s travel writing, information gathering and knowledge production

14.50 – 15.10: Coffee break

15.10 – 16.40: Companies and Colonialism

  • Nandini Das, Thomas Roe’s Companies
  • Amrita Sen, Decoding Company Rule: Travel, taxation and the Bengal famine of 1770
  • Alison Bennett, Exploration, Treaty-Making and Trade: Sources of the Imperial British East Africa Company

16.40 – 17.00: Closing Remarks and End of Conference