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DHC Lecture mit Josiah Blackmore

19.05.2014 | 18:00 c.t.
Josiah Blackmore

Josiah Blackmore

Josiah Blackmore
(Harvard University)

A Portuguese History of Water: The Maritime Imagination in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Vortrag in englischer Sprache

This talk explores the sea as a principle of literary creation in medieval and early modern Portugal. It asks how the ocean and seafaring shape poetic and historiographic thought, and how the decades of maritime expansion (especially in the sixteenth century) create a collective, literary subjectivity based on the sea. In effect, the talk ponders the relationship between maritime experience and literary culture, and discovers affinities between textual genres and imaginative and scientific writings. The chronological range covered in the talk spans the thirteenth to the late sixteenth centuries.

Workshop für Masterstudierende und Promo­vierende unter der Leitung des Gastredners

Am Folgetag des Vortrags findet ein Workshop unter der Leitung des Gastredners statt, an dem Masterstudierende und Promovierende nach Anmeldung teilnehmen können.

Oceanic Portugal and the Maritime Subject

In englischer Sprache

The workshop will consider a range of texts, ranging from the 13th through the 16th centuries, in which oceanic travel (both real and imagined) constitutes what we can provisionally call a “maritime subject”. Poetry, chronicles, ships’ logs, and geographical treatises all work to create a position of literary creativity that depends on the literal and metaphorical environments of the sea.  It is hoped that, in the workshop, new affinities between traditionally discrete genres of writing and thinking will be discovered, affinities made possible by the oceanic imagination.
Interessenten werden gebeten, bis zum 16. Mai eine kurze verbindliche Interessenbekundung an l.villasboas@letras.ufrj.br zu senden. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist begrenzt.

Dienstag, 20. Mai 2014
14:00 c.t. - 16:00 Uhr

Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Raum JK 28/208
14195 Berlin-Dahlem

Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme am Workshop ist der Besuch des Vortrags am Tag zuvor. Texte zur Vorbereitung werden rechtzeitig vor dem Workshop an die angemeldeten TeilnehmerInnen geschickt.


This lecture is part of the Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series within the Thematic Network ‘Principles of Cultural Dynamics’. The PCD network is based at the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität Berlin and brings together international scholars from six partner institutions: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Freie Universität Berlin.

Apart from formats like mobility initiatives, summer schools and workshops, the Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series pertains to the PCD network’s program. Under the umbrella of this lecture series, leading scholars from the humanities discuss various aspects of cultural processes, changes and innovations throughout all historical eras.

Zeit & Ort

19.05.2014 | 18:00 c.t.

Freie Universität Berlin „Rostlaube“, Seminarzentrum, Raum L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem