SPP 2130 Mercator fellow Álvaro Bragança (UFRJ) offers a workshop for advanced undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Würzburg:
“Within early modern travel literature, two important works from the seventeenth century stand out with reference to Brazil: Die wundersamen Reisen des Caspar Schmalkalden nach West- und Ostindien (1642–1652) and the Thierbuch written by Zacharias Wagener. Both travel literary texts offered historical readers insights into the plant, animal and human world of the newly explored regions of South America, which until then had been largely unknown to European people. In this block seminar, building on observations of Hans Staden's sixteenth-century account of Brazil and drawing on my own translations of the aforementioned corpora, we will approach some of the particularities of the plants, animals, and natives depicted by these travelers from an Old World perspective.”
Those interested are welcome to contact Annkathrin Koppers (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register for participation.