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Judith Montefiore discovers the Holy Land

Start: Dec 14, 2017 6:30:00 PM
End: Dec 14, 2017 8:00:00 PM

Lecture by Tessa Rajak. Emerita Professor at the University of Reading. The lecture starts at 7pm and is preceded by a wine reception outside the lecture theatre.

Paper and pizza / Ink and drink: Considering an MA in Early Modern Studies?

Start: Feb 6, 2018 12:00:00 PM
End: Feb 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Edwaert Collier Vanitas, Early Modern at ucl
This taster session is designed to give you an insight into what it is like to study on UCL’s MA in Early Modern Studies

Black Tudors: Three Untold Stories

Start: Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

Black Tudors book cover, by Miranda Kaufmann
Dr. Miranda Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans: a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose, a Moroccan woman baptised in Elizabethan London, and a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master’s Gloucestershire manor house.

Sir Thomas Roe: Memory, transculturality, and the incorporated self

Start: Mar 14, 2018 5:00:00 PM
End: Mar 14, 2018 7:00:00 PM

European diplomats at Jahangirs Court
In 1615, Sir Thomas Roe arrived at the court of the Mughal emperor Jahangir, via a stop in Surat and an arduous journey across Gujarat and Rajasthan. His embassy would be filled with frustrations -- clashes with East India Company factors deeply protective of their own autonomy on the one hand, obstacles posed by Mughal court customs and officials on the other. He had not really achieved much when he left, and the EIC would not send another ambassador till 1699. Roe nevertheless earned a significant reputation for diplomacy in difficult terrain, and his Mughal embassy has emerged as a standard case study in theorisations of cross-cultural encounter with India, to the extent that it has begun to define our understanding of the nature of English first encounter with India.