‘Richard Hakluyt and the French Connection’ – One day conference – Paris-Oxford Partnership

Posted on February 4, 2022

04 February 2022 - 9 h 00 min - 17 h 00 min

Registration is now open for ‘Richard Hakluyt and the French Connection’, a one day conference being held in Oxford and online over Zoom on Friday 4 February 2022, 9am-5pm GMT.

To register, sign up via Eventbrite (https://bit.ly/31UARAW for in person attendance, or https://bit.ly/34KhfR4 for online). Please email if you have any questions.


9:00-9:15 — Coffee and Introductory Remarks

9:15-10:45 — Keynote: Anthony Payne – ‘Hakluyt and France: People, Politics and Publication

10:45-11:15 – Break

11:15-12:30 — Panel:

Marina Bezzi – ‘Geography as the eye of history’: Iberian colonial expansion and knowledge in the works of Richard Hakluyt and Lancelot Voisin de la Popelinière’

Pierre-Ange Salvadori – ‘‘Hakluyt, Guillaume Postel and the Arctic: inventing a “site of mediation” in Late-Renaissance Paris and Europe’

Katherine Ibbett – ‘Certain signs: on Indigenous emotion in translation’

12:30-14:00 — Lunch

14:00-15:30 — Keynote: Frank Lestringant – ‘When Richard Hakluyt meets André Thevet (1583-1588)’

15:30-15:45 — Coffee break

15:45-16:25 — Lightning talks & Discussion:

John Carrigy – “Richard Hakluyt as historian”

Lucas Aleixo Pires dos Reis – “The Account of Richard Rainolds and Thomas Dassel: commercial competition between the English, French, and Portuguese in the late 16th century Senegambia”

Nathalie Jeter – “‘Le plus beau & le meilleur païs que j’aie encore vu’: eyewitness as device in the recruitment pamphlet of Durand de Dauphiné”

Noah Michaud – “Prompts for African Principall Navigations: Knowledge of Africa Circulating in France at Hakluyt’s Arrival”

16:35-16:40 — Break

16:40-17:00 — Closing paper: Ladan Niayesh – “The French Mediator in English Voyage Drama: Fletcher and Massinger’s The Sea Voyage (1622)”

Richard Hakluyt is one of the most emblematic figures associated with England’s commercial and colonial expansion at the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century. A prolific translator, compiler and purveyor of geographical material and travel accounts, he was a significant contributor to the articulation and early promotion of the idea of an English — and later British — empire. These efforts took the form of his monumental printed collections Diverse Voyages Touching the Discovery of America (1582) and The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (1589; 1598-1600), as well as his assiduous lobbying in diplomatic, scholarly, and company circles. Among the many networks of power and knowledge with which Hakluyt interacted, the connections he made during his five-year residence in Paris as chaplain to the English ambassador between 1583 and 1588 were particularly fruitful in terms of collecting and translating travel and geographical information. The gathering, translation, and transmission of that Parisian material, and its effect on the development of imperial thought in England and France, will be the focus of this one-day event.