Hakluyt Society Symposium 2021

Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches

10-12 November 2021
University of Warwick (online via Zoom)
(All times are GMT+0/UTC)

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: hakluytsymposium2021@gmail.com
Contacts: Natalya Din-Kariuki (Natalya.Din-Kariuki@warwick.ac.uk) and 
Guido van Meersbergen (G.van-Meersbergen@warwick.ac.uk)

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 
•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 

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 
•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 
SPEAKER: 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 

10.45-11.15: Break

11.15-12.30: Panel 6: Recovering Indigenous Voices (Chair: Joan-Pau 
•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, 

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 


Cite this blog post
Agnès Delahaye (2021, September 20). Hakluyt Society Symposium 2021. European Early American Studies Association. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/o44t

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