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08/17/2022 - 08/17/2022 | Hamburg

Latin American Travels in the 19th Century: Gender, Narratives & Projections on Europe & the US

World Order Narratives of the Global South (WONAGO) is a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and collectively led by Universität Hamburg (UHH) and the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). The project explores how and why narratives of world order would be articulated and communicated in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East during the Cold War and then in the years since its end too.

It has been said that the 19th century is the “golden age” of travel reports. To a large extent, European imperialism contributed to the fulfillment of many trips since knowledge of non-European areas of the globe could add advantages to a cultural, political, and, ultimately, economic power. So much so, that we consider it natural to call “travelers” only those who transited from Europe to Latin America and less likely those who traveled in the opposite direction.

Despite the difference in scale, 19th century Latin America also produced its travelers – men and women. What can we say about the perceptions of these characters on trips to Europe and the United States? Would it be possible to understand their testimonies as a manifestation of what is currently called the Global South? And what about the reports of women? Would they represent a kind of “double counter direction” in a more general picture in which the hegemonic vision was male and European?

The main objectives of this lecture are to analyse, through these narratives, Latin American projections on Europe and the United States in the 19th century and to understand how travel experiences may have collaborated to create and consolidate identities; besides how gender relations contributed to these visions.

Dr. Stella Franco (University of São Paulo)

Dr. Thiago Prates (Universität Hamburg)

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08/17/2022 18:15 - 08/17/2022 19:45

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Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, ESA W 122, Flügel West (hybrid format)
20146 Hamburg

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Scientists and scholars, all interested persons

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History / archaeology, Politics

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Presentation / colloquium / lecture




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