Lecture: Travelers to India from the 18th to the 20th Century (SuSe 2019) (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


Euro­peans have always been fas­ci­nat­ed by India. For exam­ple — they searched for allies, spices and wealth, believed to rec­og­nize par­a­disi­a­cal won­ders or cru­el mon­sters, await­ed wise peo­ple or igno­rant pagans with strange rites. The sem­i­nar will be devot­ed to the part­ly con­tra­dic­to­ry per­cep­tion of India since the 18th cen­tu­ry. The focus will be on Ger­man and Eng­lish let­ters, reports and trav­el­ogues. Ques­tions to be asked include trav­el moti­va­tion and liv­ing con­di­tions, the inter­ests of dif­fer­ent peo­ple and social groups, con­stants and changes in the images of India and the recep­tion and pro­cess­ing of reports in Europe and India.

Instruc­tor: Tobias Delfs.

Date/Time/Location: Thurs­days, 11.04.2019 to 11.07.2019, 12:00 to 14:00 o’clock. At Edi­son Höfe — 217 Invali­den­straße 118 (I118).

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