Early Modern Exchanges


Travel and Writing in the Global Renaissance: Revisiting the Peregrination of Fernão Mendes Pinto

05 December 2014–06 December 2014, 3:00 pm–12:45 pm

The Cantino planisphere, Early Modern Studies MA

UCL and King's College London present a two-day conference bringing together experts in the literature and history of the early modern Portuguese world to discuss the "Peregrination" of Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614).

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UCL Haldane Room / KCL Council Room

Programme (downloadable pdf version)

5 December

Haldane Room, UCL

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10.00 Iberian readings and transcriptions of Fernão Mendes Pinto’s Peregrination: unpublished manuscript, 1576-1614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 Conclusions and debate

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

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