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Friday, November 08, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Dabney Hall 110 (Treasure Room)

Exploration: The Globe and Beyond

An Ordinary Arab Ship, and Its Stories of Early Globalism
Geraldine Heng, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Perceval Professor in Medieval Romance, Historiography, and Culture, Department of English, University of Texas at Austin,

What can an ordinary, 9th century Arab dhow—a ship made up of sewn planks, without any nails—and its cargo of ceramics, gold, and silver, and its multicultural, multi-religious crew tell us about early globalism, international artistic exchanges, world-voyaging, and industrial modernity in China? This lecture opens a window onto a vanished world that transforms our understanding of time, history, and the grand narratives of the West.

For more information, please contact Fran Tise by phone at 626-395-3609 or by email at ftise@caltech.edu.