History in travel narrative 1589-1826
Joint conference organised by
PRISMES (CREA XVIII, Epistémè)
Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris
Paris, Sorbonne Nouvelle
11-12 December, 2010
Call for papers
This conference will examine the representation of history in travel
narrative. A European’s perception of countries and peoples with no «
history » is not the same as that of « civilised » nations. What model
of historical change do travel narratives project—history as a decline
from some mythical or mythicised origin, cyclical history, history as
the unfolding of a providential design, as progress ? The evolution of
those categories over the period considered will be investigated ; this
period stretches from 1589, which saw the publication of Richard
Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations, to 1826, when William Ellis’s Narrative
of a Tour through Hawaii came out.
What is the influence of historiography at any given time on the
representation of history as experience in travel literature ? How does
travel narrative validate its status as historiography ?
From a more anthropological viewpoint, does the discovery of new or
different spaces or places shape the perception and construction of time?
Is there any interaction between the conception of space and that of
time, between the depiction of spaces and that of time, especially of
the time needed for the evolution of manners, customs and institutions
which differ from those familiar to the traveller ? Does this entail a
relativisation of time ? How does a European (or Europeanised) nation’s
past constrain the analysis of the fabric and customs of the areas
visited ? Is the historicisation of lived experience limited ? What is
the impact of measuring instruments on this experience and the account
Those are some of the questions which will be addressed in this conference.
Voyages from and to Great-Britain will be of particular, but not
Please send proposals—200-250 words—for papers not exceeding 30 minutes
before 15 June 2010 to Isabelle Bour ([log in to unmask]),
Line Cottegnies ([log in to unmask]) and Thierry Belleguic
([log in to unmask]).
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