Polyglot Encounters in Early Modern English Narratives of Distant Travels, seminar sessions, 9 & 11 November 2020

“Polyglot Encounters in Early Modern English Narratives of Distant

Join us for two virtual evening sessions (5-6.30pm) on 9 & 11 November
2020. – you can watch the two sessions here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/yibuf0ab/1 (click on “schedule” to switch from the first to the second session) (courtesy of the Society of Renaissance Studies – many thanks to Rachel Willie)

Organisers: Nandini Das (TIDE, Exeter College, Oxford), Ladan Niayesh
(LARCA, University of Paris; Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford)

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In an age of geographic discoveries and colonisation, easier
communication, and international trade growing steadily from the
mid-16th century, England gradually established itself as an Atlantic
and global power, as a prelude to the formation of the British empire.
English records of this era of expansion offer multiple examples of
linguistic contacts with the wider world, with translations, lexical
borrowings, and records of multilingual exchanges between travellers
and the peoples they encountered.

These two online evening seminar sessions, jointly organised by TIDE
(University of Oxford, ERC) and LARCA (University of Paris, CNRS), aim
at exploring some of the practices and strategies underpinning
polyglot encounters in travel accounts produced or read in England.
Drawing on linguistic, lexicographic, literary and historical
methodologies, we will look into some of the contexts and
significances of these textual contact zones. Particular attention
will be paid to uses of polyglossia in processes of identity
construction, defining and promoting national or imperial agendas,
appropriating and assimilating foreign linguistic capital, or meeting
resistance and limits from linguistic and cultural others refusing to
lend themselves to subaltern status.

The event is supported by ERC-TIDE (Oxford), the “Early Modernities”
programme of LARCA (UMR 8225, CNRS, University of Paris), the
“Translation and Polyglossia” project (Université Paris Nanterre &
Institut Universitaire de France), IHRIM (UMR 5317, CNRS, École
Normale Supérieure de Lyon), and the EMRC (University of Reading).

Session 1: Global Threads and Tangles
9 November, 5:00-6.30PM

Chair: Laetitia Sansonetti (Université Paris Nanterre & Institut
Universitaire de France)

Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex): “The Madoc Legend, Language
and Race at the Dawn of The First British Empire”

Sarah Knight (University of Leicester): ” ‘Their Garments variegate
like ye fishes in ye Euxine sea’’: fashion, languages and perceptions
of the Ottoman world at the early modern English universities”

Question and discussion time

Session 2: Communications and Miscommunications
11 November, 5-6.30PM
Chair: Sophie Lemercier-Goddard (IHRIM, École Normale Supérieure de

Donatella Montini (University of Sapienza Rome): “Travel and
Translation in John Florio’s Two Navigations”

Matthew Dimmock (University of Sussex): “Ylyaoute! English Engagements
with the ‘Strange Tongues’ of the Far North”

Question and discussion time