Oceans: Concepts and Cultures

25 January 2013, 09:30 - 26 January 2013 17:00

Event Type:
Conference / Symposium
The Court Room (Senate House, first floor)
Venue Details:

Senate House
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU 

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Keynote speakers: Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Nicholas Thomas, Françoise Vergès

Organisers: Charles Forsdick (Liverpool), Bill Marshall (IGRS)

In the past two decades, spatial categories and insights from cartography and geography have contributed to transdisciplinary debates in the Humanities. Atlantic Studies have, for example, flourished across many disciplines and language areas, radiating outwards from their origins in historical studies. Conceptualisations of the Indian Ocean are currently generating increasing scholarly attention, while, to the European and North American academy at least, the Pacific presents particular challenges.

Given the importance of these oceanic spaces to the global reach of the language areas represented by IGRS (French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, but also Dutch and the Scandinavian languages), we are organising a conference which, while historically informed, will focus on the conceptual, cultural and textual bases and ramifications of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as comparisons between them.



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