‘Hormuz 1622: Connected Histories and Transcultural Receptions’ Conference – 11 march 2022 – Exeter College (Oxford) @ERC_TIDE @HakluytSociety @NizamiOxford

Publié le 25 février 2022

Hormuz 1622: Connected Histories and Transcultural Receptions

A one-day hybrid conference to be held in Oxford (online and in person at Cohen Quad, Exeter College)

Date: 11 March 2022


The 1622 capture of Hormuz by the joint forces of Safavid Persia and the British East India Company was a defining moment in the history of Iran’s relationships with Europe. Strategically situated at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the island kingdom of Hormuz had been conquered by Afonso de Albuquerque in 1507 and made a vassal state to Portugal in 1515, remaining for more than a century thereafter a key military stronghold and a nexus of maritime trade in Portuguese hands. A catalyst of political interactions and a crossroads of economic and cultural interests, the fall of Hormuz offers a fascinating instance of the dynamics of globalization at work in the early modern period, interlocking identities and allegiances, confronting world views, political empires and commercial ambitions, reconfiguring communities and networks, repurposing histories and their receptions.



  • Ladan Niayesh ()
  • Edmund Herzig ()


More informations: https://www.tideproject.uk/2022/02/25/conference-registration-hormuz-1622-connected-histories-and-transcultural-receptions/

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hormuz-1622-connected-histories-and-transcultural-receptions-online-tickets-276924507657


Our conference benefits from the support of the Oxford Centre for Early Modern Studies and the Oxford Nizami Ganjavi Centre, ERC-TIDE (Oxford), LARCA (CNRS, Université Paris Cité), the British Institute of Persian Studies, and the Hakluyt Society.



9-9.15: Welcome addresses (9-9.15): Edmund Herzig and Ladan Niayesh

9.15-10: Opening keynote

Chair: Giuseppe Marcocci

Zoltan Biederman (University College, London): “Whose waters, whose history? Revisiting the early modern Persian Gulf through maps”


10-11: Panel 1: Locating British Imperial Ambitions

Chair: Nandini Das

Louise McCarthy (Université Paris Cité): “Locating Persia’s ‘Ormus emporium’ in the British Imagination before 1622”

Werner Gaboreau (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle): “Two imperial powers in the making: Crossing French and Persian perspectives on the capture of Hormuz”


11-11.30: Coffee break


11.30-12h45: Hakluyt Society Keynote

Chair: Gloria Clifton

Joan-Pau Rubies (ICREA & Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona): “The end of empire? Alternative perspectives on the fall of Hormuz”


12.45-14: Lunch


14-15.30: Panel 2: Centres and Peripheries

Chair: Edmund Herzig

Rupali Mishra (Auburn University): “Capturing English interest: English geopolitical ambition after Hormuz and the Persia Company of 1624”

Mansur Sefatgol (University of Tehran): “Safavid Persia’s Maritime Policy in the Seventeenth Century”

Stuart McManus (Chinese University of Hong Kong): “The changing face of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf in late Ming and Qing sources”


15.30-16: Coffee Break


16-17.30: Panel 3: Persian Receptions: A Diachronic Perspective

Chair: Sarah Knight

Lindsay Allen (King’s College, London): “The conquest of Antiquity: Shah ‘Abbas, Imam Quli Khan and the heritage of Fars”

Peter Good (University of Kent): “Legacies of Hormuz: Cooperation and memory in the EIC’s relationship with Persia in the eighteenth century”

Ghoncheh Tazmini (London School of Economics): “Contemporary Iran’s depictions of the recapture of Hormuz”


17.30-17.45: Short Break


17.45-19: Book launch and drinks reception around Peter Good’s The East India Company in Persia: Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Eighteenth Century (I. B. Tauris, 2022).