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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Harrington Symposium 2010: Seaborne Renaissance


Global Exchanges and Religion in Early Modernity

A One-Day Symposium


February 6, 2010
9:15 am - 5:00 pm, with reception to follow
with a performance of Middle Eastern music

Harry Ransom Center, Prothro Theater
University of Texas at Austin
Organized by Su Fang Ng, Harrington Fellow
Free and open to the public

Schedule: [download]

Rereading Europe’s relation to its Others, these interdisciplinary talks will forge new ways of thinking about cross-cultural relations, religious conflict, and the ways in which the sea serves as conduit for translating goods, peoples, and ideas.


Bernadette Andrea, English, University of Texas, San Antonio
"Subaltern Studies of Early Modern Anglo-Persian Exchanges: The Case of ‘The Tartar Gril' and ‘The Persian Lady'"

Richmond Barbour, English, Oregon State University
"Captivity, Embargo, Blockade: English Mariners in Arabia and India, 1608-1612."

Giancarlo Casale, History, University of Minnesota
"The Worlds of Hajji Ahmed: A Sixteenth-Century Ottoman's Vision of Europe and Empire"

Kumkum Chatterjee, History, Pennsylvania State University
"South Asian Cosmopolitanism in the Early Modern Era"

Bindu Malieckal, English, Saint Anselm College
"Muslims, Christians, and Spices: Renaissance Re-Tellings of Religious Conflict in the Indian Ocean, from East Africa to South India"

Robert Markley, English, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Trade, Religion, and the East India Company in the Seventeenth Century"

Jyotsna Singh, English, Michigan State University
"Jahangir's Mughal Court as a "Contact Zone": Translation and Traffic in Early Anglo-Muslim Encounters"

Daniel Vitkus, English, Florida State University
"‘The Only Moderne People': Anglo-Islamic Exchange, Capitalism, and Early Modernity."


Samuel Baker, English, University of Texas at Austin
Tarek El-Ariss, Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Cynthia Talbot, History, University of Texas at Austin
Hannah Wojciehowski, English, University of Texas at Austin

For more information, contact Su Fang Ng (

Harrington Fellows Program:
Harry Ransom Center:
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies:
The South Asia Institute:
Department of English:

This symposium is sponsored by the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellows Program at the University of Texas at Austin, with co-sponsorship from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the South Asia Institute, and the Harry Ransom Center.

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