UCL European Institute


Inaugural Lecture: Professor Wendy Bracewell (SSEES)

11 September 2012–13 November 2012, 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

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 13 November 2012

13 November 2012, 6.30pm

UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
Wilkins Building
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Wilkins Garden Room at 7.30pm.

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Title: Travel accounts and travel polemics in 18th-century Europe

What happens when people read foreign travel accounts about their own societies?  What recourse do they have, if they disagree with the way that they are represented?  In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries a considerable number of such readers, from all around Europe, put down their books in disgust, took up their pens and wrote responses.  These travel polemics have much to say about the influence of travel writing, about the role of the Republic of Letters in a divided Europe, even about the idea of Europe itself.


Wendy Bracewell was born in Australia, grew up in northern California, and attended university and graduate school at Stanford.  Trained as an East Europeanist and early modern historian, she studies the social and cultural history of the Balkans.  She has published works on a variety of topics, including piracy and frontier warfare in the sixteenth-century Adriatic, nationalism and ideas of masculinity, and travel writing and the concept of Europe. 

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The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception at 7.30 in the Wilkins Garden Room.