2019 talks (schedule so far)

March (RSA Toronto), March (Johns Hopkins), May (Basel and Oxford), Summer (Utrecht).

Earlier talks (selected)

2018 talks

‘Epistemic Images in the Global Renaissance’, keynote lecture, ‘Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World’ annual conference, Minneapolis, MN (2018).

‘The Global, the Local, and the Ancient: Displaying Antiquities in Early Modern Europe’, Joukowsky Institute of Archaeology, Brown University (2018).

‘Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire’, John Carter Brown Library (2018).

‘Subjectivities: Objects of Power and European Observers in the Atlantic World’, Active Matter: History, Practice, Thought workshop, Bard Graduate Center (2018).

 ‘Machines in and of New Worlds: European Encounters with Preindustrial Technology’, Pre-industrial Technology Workshop, Yale University (2018).

2017 talks

‘Collecting Artefacts and Inventing the Indigenous c.1800’, ‘Global Natural History around 1800: Collections, Media and Pedagogy’ conference, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (December).

Guest Lecturer, NEH Summer Institute, ‘Beyond East and West: Exchanges and Interactions across the Early Modern World (1400-1800)’, Indiana University.

 ‘Caribs, Arawaks and Tupi: Caribbean Ethnogenesis and European Cartography’, Latin America’s Global History lecture series, Latin American Center, Universität zu Köln.

‘Historical Anthropology and Early Modern Maps’, Enlightenment Reading Group, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

Guest speaker, ‘Futures of the Past’ new books symposium, George Washington University.

‘Encountering Technology and Inventing the Noble Savage, 1500-1800’, Constructions of the Noble Savage: History, Literature, Theory symposium, Brown University.


2016 talks

‘Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human’, Paris Early Modern Seminar, Dec 16, Bibliothèque Interuniversitaire de la Sorbonne, France.

‘Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, and Encounters with Indigenous Artefacts’, Hakluyt & the Renaissance Discovery of the World conference, Nov 24, University of Oxford.

‘Collecting Technology in the Age of Empire’, Early Modern History Workshop, Nov 30, Princeton University.

‘Inventing the Brazilian Cannibal: Maps, Print Culture and Ethnogenesis, International History Workshop, Nov 9, Columbia University.

‘Thinking with Maps: Ethnography, Visual Culture and Knowledge’, Sept 22, Duke University, Durham, NC.

‘Visible Bodies to Invisible Minds: Renaissance Maps and the Invention of Race’, Depicting the Invisible: Science and Image in the Early Modern World’, Feb. 12-13, Princeton University.


Selected invited talks, 2015

Speaker and discussant, ‘Where was Europe?’, Baroque Galleries salon series, Dec. 15, V&A Museum, London, UK.

‘West is East: The Wondrous East and the Problem of the Pacific in Sixteenth-Century Geography’, Play and Display in the Early Modern Hispanic World conference, May 15-16, Princeton University.

‘Mapping Ethnography and Science in the Early Americas’, John Carter Brown Library Fellows’ Reunion and Jamboree, seminar convenor (with Domingo Ledezma), May 1-3, Brown University.

Response to Kären Wigen’s ‘Where in the World? Mapmaking at the Asia-Pacific Margin, 1600-1900’, Edwin O. Reischauer Lectures, April 7-9, Harvard University.

‘Spit-Roasts or Barbecues? Mapping Brazilian Cannibals’, Early Modern Global History Workshop, Jan. 30, Georgetown University.


Selected invited talks, 2014

‘Monstrous Knowledge in the Age of Exploration: The Case of “Imaginary” Monsters’, Symposium on Monsters, Nov. 14, George Washington University.

‘Mapping New World Peoples in Renaissance Europe’, public lecture, Library of Congress, Dec 3, Washington, DC.

‘Sir Walter Ralegh’s Headless Men: Wonder, Observation and Credibility in the Renaissance’, JCB Talks series, July 9, John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.

‘What is a Werewolf? Genres, Practices and Cataloguing Monsters from the Middle Ages to the Scientific Revolution’, Early Sciences Working Group/Early Modern History and Book History workshops, April 17, Harvard University.

‘Mapping Nature’s Variety: Vision and Comparison in Renaissance Ethnology’, University Seminar in the Renaissance, March 11, Columbia University.