CFP – Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017: Trading Companies and Travel Literature, 11-12 September 2017

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The Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017:

Trading Companies and Travel Literature

11-12 September 2017

Chatham Historic Docks, University of Kent

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Speakers confirmed: Prof Jyotsna Singh (Michigan State University), Prof. Michiel van Groesen (Leiden University), Prof Margaret Hunt (Uppsala University), Prof Nandini Das (University of Liverpool), and Dr Djoeke van Netten (University of Amsterdam).


The exploration of travel literature across its myriad forms has greatly stimulated the ways we understand the global history of the early modern world. Yet, in spite of the great array of recent studies in this field, there has been only limited engagement with the place of travel literature within histories of one of the key protagonists of overseas trade, cross-cultural exchange, and empire – the trading company. From the sixteenth to the early nineteenth century, European trading companies traversed the globe in search for goods, profit, and knowledge. The overseas experiences of many travellers were published upon their return to Europe, either privately or by their employer. Even so, the vast bulk of descriptions streaming into company headquarters was never published and remains a largely untapped resource.

This conference brings together travel literature and trading companies by exploring how the various European companies collected, created, curated, protected and utilised material relating to travel and discovery around the world. Set in the historic environment of the University of Kent’s Medway campus, the Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017 joins together senior experts and early career researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary conversation. In line with the core activity of the Hakluyt Society, the symposium will include an editorial workshop focused on editing and publishing scholarly editions of travel literature. Contributions from postgraduate researchers are particularly encouraged.


Prospective speakers are invited to submit proposals of no more than 300 words for 20 minute papers, along with a brief bio statement. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • The ways manuscript and printed material created by companies can help us understand the early modern ‘globalising’ world
  • Secrecy, forgery and fraudulent material
  • Companies as vehicles through which ideas and images about the world circulated in Europe
  • How ideas originating in manuscript form within companies came to circulate in print
  • The relationship between trading companies and non-corporate groups (other merchants; missionaries; diplomats; Crown-sponsored overseas enterprise, etc.)
  • How non-corporate organisations sought to collect/protect/utilise travel literature
  • Non-European voices and agency in (the production of) travel literature

The Hakluyt Society will make available a number of travel bursaries to postgraduate and early career applicants with limited or no alternative access to funding – if you would like to apply for a bursary please indicate this when sending your abstract and explain your reasons for applying.
Please send your abstracts to hakluytsymposium@gmail.com by 30 April 2017.

Organisers: Dr Aske Brock (University of Kent), Dr Edmond Smith (University of Kent/ The Hakluyt Society), Dr Guido van Meersbergen (University of Warwick/ The Hakluyt Society)


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Hakluyt Society Conference CFP: Maritime Trade, Travel and Cultural Encounter in the 18th and 19th Centuries

CALL FOR PAPERS: POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS AND EARLY-CAREER RESEARCHERS

THE HAKLUYT SOCIETY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE WILBERFORCE INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF SLAVERY AND EMANCIPATION/MARITIME HISTORICAL STUDIES CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF HULL AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WORCESTER

MARITIME TRADE, TRAVEL AND CULTURAL ENCOUNTER IN THE EIGHTEENTH AND NINETEENTH CENTURIES: GLOBAL AND REGIONAL PERSPECTIVES

FRIDAY 13 NOVEMBER – SATURDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2015


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The Hakluyt Society is proud to announce this international conference based at both the University of Hull’s Maritime Historical Studies Centre and Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation. It focuses on the emergence and effects of new patterns of maritime trade and travel between c. 1700 and 1900. The impact of the Atlantic slave trade, the effects of abolitionist intervention in West Africa, the consequences of coerced and voluntary migration, and the representation of travel and exploration around the Atlantic and the Pacific are some of the themes that will be considered during this conference organised by the Hakluyt Society in collaboration with the University of Hull and the University of Worcester. Confirmed speakers include Captain Michael Barritt (President of the Hakluyt Society), Professor David Richardson (Former Director of WISE, University of Hull), Dr. Nigel Rigby (Head of Research, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich), and Dr. Silke Strickrodt (Visiting Research Fellow, Centre of Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin).

The conference organisers invite proposals for papers focusing on the links between maritime trade, travel and cultural encounter. Proposals for papers of 20 minutes duration are particularly welcomed from postgraduate research students, early career researchers and individuals working in the maritime heritage sector. A limited number of Hakluyt Society bursaries are available to registered postgraduate students to support travel in the UK and overnight accommodation in Hull.

Paper proposals consisting of a 300-word abstract followed by a short paragraph (200-300) detailing biographical information and publications should be sent to Professor Suzanne Schwarz (s.schwarz@worc.ac.uk) by 31 August 2015. Applications for Hakluyt Society bursaries outlining specific requests for costs should be submitted at the same time. The main venue will be the Wilberforce Institute, University of Hull, 27 High Street, Hull, HU1 1NE.

Conference Registration: £30 (including tea and coffee). The conference is free to members of the Hakluyt Society. The registration fee will be waived for individuals joining the Society at the start of the conference (this means that anyone who qualifies as a student member will benefit from a year’s membership without further charge). Instructions for conference registration will follow.

For details of membership and how to join the Society, see: http://www.hakluyt.com/hak-soc-membership.htm


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