Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance

Event Date: 
05 Dec 2014 to 06 Dec 2014

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance

Haldane Room (UCL) and Council Room (K2.29 Strand Campus
05 (15:00) - 06/12/2014 (14:00)

For further information please contact Dr Catarina Fouto

Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614-2014)

University College London and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the cultures, literature and history of the early-modern Portuguese world to discuss the text of the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614) from a multidisciplinary approach.

Conference programme

5 December (UCL, Haldane Room)
The Peregrination as an Open Text: Genre, Publics, Aesthetics

15.00 Opening words
Francisco Bethencourt (King’s College London)
Zoltán Biedermann (UCL) & Catarina Fouto (King’s College London)

15.15 The return of Fernão Mendes Pinto
Rui Loureiro (Centro de História d’Aquém e d’Além-Mar)

15.45 Patterns of Irony in the Peregrination
Tom F. Earle (Oxford)

16.30 Coffee break

16.45 Pilgrim Rhythms
Vincent Barletta (Stanford)

17.15 The Baroque Aesthetics of the Peregrination
Catarina Fouto (King’s College London)

6 December (Council Room, Strand Campus King's College London)
The Peregrination as a Global Narrative: Crossovers, Invention, Intertextuality

10.00 Iberian readings and transcriptions of Fernão Mendes Pinto’s Peregrination: unpublished manuscript, 1576-1614
Francisco Roque de Oliveira (Universidade de Lisboa):

10.30 Mendes Pinto's "Southeast Asian Mediterranean": a Malay geopolitical concept?
Jorge Santos Alves (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

11.15 Coffee break

11.30 Cultural diversity, moral universalism and irony in the Peregrination
Joan-Pau Rubiès (ICREA Barcelona)

12.00 Pilgrim vs. Diplomat: The contradictions of writing about Empire from below
Zoltán Biedermann (UCL)

12.45 Pinto Revisited: travelling,writing, and the making of the early modern world

The organisers wish to thank the generous funding of the Instituto Camões, the School of European Languages, Cultures and Societies (UCL), the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges (UCL) and the Faculty of Arts & Humanities (King’s College London).