Hakluyt Society Symposium 2021 – Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches

University of Warwick (online via Zoom)
10-12 November 2021

The Hakluyt Society, the Global History and Culture Centre (GHCC) at the University of Warwick, and Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMOs), invite you to the Hakluyt Society Symposium 2021 – Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches. Attendance is free and all are welcome.

To register, please email: [email protected]

Day 1: Wednesday 10 November 2021
14.00-14.15: Introduction and Welcome (Natalya Din-Kariuki and Guido van Meersbergen)
14.15-15.45: Panel 1: Decolonising Travel Studies in Theory and Practice (Chair: Caitlin Vandertop)
  • Daniel Vitkus: “Racialized Capitalism, Intersectionality, and Early Modern Travel Studies”

  • Denise Saive Castro: “Contemplating Slavery on the African West Coast: A Comparison of Portuguese and Dutch Travel Accounts with the Correspondence of Nepemba Angiga, also known as Afonso I of Kongo”

  • Sander Molenaar: “Deconstructing the ‘Imperial Gaze’ in Chinese Travel Writing: A New Look at Ma Huan’s Ying ya sheng lan (Overall Survey of the Ocean’s Shores)”

  • Carl Thompson: “Conjectures on Travel Writing as World Literature”

15.45-16.00: Break
16.00-17.15: Panel 2: Travel and Decolonisation Today (Chair: Ladan Niayesh)
  • Sandhya Patel: “Peopling the Pitt Rivers Cook-Voyage Collections on the World Wide Web”

  • R. Benedito Ferrão: “The Black Antarctic: Decoloniality and Queer Ecology in Mojisola Adebayo’s Moj of the Antarctic

  • Joanne Lee: “All Roads Lead to Africa: Decolonizing the Imperial City”

17.15-17.30: Break
17.30-19.00: Panel 3: Images and Imaginations: Visual and Cartographic Sources (Chair: Daniel Carey)
  • Farah Bazzi: “Seeing the ‘Maghreb’ by Looking at the Americas: Rethinking the Transmission of Cartographic Knowledge in the Ottoman World through the Piri Reis Map of 1513”

  • Louise McCarthy: “Cartographic Silence and Muted Voices: Reading the Subtexts of British Maps of Early Colonial Virginia (1606-1624)

  • Sara Caputo: “Travels Carved on the Pathless Ocean: European Ship Tracks and (De)colonial Mobility”

  • Apurba Chatterjee: “Travel, Visuality, and the British Indian Empire: James Baillie Fraser in the Himalayas”

Day 2: Thursday 11 November 2021
09.30-10.45: Roundtable 1: Decolonial Orientations: Travel Studies and the Pre-Modern Islamic World by Medieval and Early Modern Orients (Chair: Lubaaba Al-Azami)
  • Speakers: Amrita Sen, Maria Shmygol, Nat Cutter, and Hassana Moosa

10.45- 11.15: Break
11.15- 12.15: Roundtable 2: A Student-led Conversation by participants of the Warwick Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (Chair: Guido van Meersbergen)
  • Speakers: Chhaya Rai, Nida Mahmud, Kevin Molloy, Declan Dadzie

12.15-12.30: Publishing with the Hakluyt Society: What and How?
  • Speaker: Katherine Parker

12.30-13.15 Lunch break
13.15-14.30 Panel 4: Black Travellers in the Twentieth Century: Oppression and Liberation (Chair: Christine Okoth)
  • Kiranpreet Kaur: “Eslanda Robeson’s Congo Diary”

  • Zachary Peterson: “Africans in America and Americans in Africa: The American Committee on Africa, its Travels to the Continent, and its Sponsorship of African Travelers to the US”

  • Janet Remmington: “Navigating Apartheid: Black Women Travelling”

14.30-14.45: Break
14.45-16.00: Panel 5: New Sources, Genres, and Perspectives (Chair: Julia Kuehn)
  • Judith E. Bosnak: “Javanese Language Travelogues as ‘New’ Sources for the History of Travel”

  • Gábor Gelléri: “Colonial Tourism, De-centered”

  • Ettore Morelli: “The Diary of Morena Abraham Aaron Moletsane mor’a Moroa-ha-a-buse, 1952: African Traveller and Historian”

16.00-16.30: Break
16.30-18.00: KEYNOTE LECTURE: “Travelling While Black” (Chair: Natalya Din-Kariuki)

Nanjala Nyabola - Author of Travelling While Black (2020)

Day 3: Friday 12 November 2021
09.30-10.45: Roundtable 3: Decolonial Approaches to British Sources and Archives by TIDE (Chair: Nandini Das)
  • Speakers: Haig Smith, Lauren Working, Emily Stevenson, and Tom Roberts

10.45-11.15: Break
11.15-12.30: Panel 6: Recovering Indigenous Voices (Chair: Joan-Pau Rubiés)
  • Zoltán Biedermann: “Seeing the Invisible Hand: Retrieving Indigenous Agency from Early Iberian Travel Accounts, c.1500”

  • Lucas Aleixo Pires dos Reis & Roberth Daylon: “‘Foods that are self-served’: Methodologies for the Study of Unstated African Presences in Travel Accounts”

  • Anna Melinda Testa-De Ocampo: “Alexander Dalrymple and the Natural Curiosities in Sooloo (1770)”

12.30-13.30: Lunch break
13.30-14.45: Panel 7: South Asian Travellers, Religion, and Transnationalism (Chair: Somak Biswas)
  • Daniel Majchrowicz: “Muslim Women and Travel Writing: Rediscovering a Forgotten Archive”

  • Muhamed Riyaz Chenganakkattil: “‘Connected Stories’ of Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca: Decolonizing the Travel Writing through South Asian Hajj Narratives”

  • Nupur Bandyopadhyay: “A Journey to Justice: Transnational Civil Rights and Ramnath Biswas, an Indian Globetrotter from Bengal, 1937-40”

14.45-15.15 Break
15.15-16.30: Panel 8: Reorienting Travel Studies: Perspectives from Europe’s Fringes (Chair: Eva Johanna Holmberg)
  • Sharyl Corrado: “Evgeniia Maier (1865-1951): Noblewoman and Nomad”

  • Janne Lahti: “Settler Colonial Eyes in Unexpected Places: Finnish Travel Writers and Settler Colonization on the Arctic Ocean”

  • Nadiya Chushak: “‘First female travel blogger’: Sofiya Yablonska-Oudin’s Works and their Perception in Contemporary Ukraine”

16.45-18.00: Decolonising Travel Studies in the Classroom (Chair: Natalya Din-Kariuki and Eva Johanna Holmberg)
  • Speakers: Nandini Das, Jyotsna Singh, Nedda Mehdizadeh, and Gerald Maclean