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Organized Panel Session

4 - Europeans and Circulation of Knowledge in the Indian Ocean World (16th - 17th centuries)

Friday, July 6
12:10 PM - 1:40 PM
Location: Silveroak I, Ground Floor

The Indian Ocean world of the 16th and 17th centuries was an enthralling one. In this engrossing landscape, the presence of the Europeans can be felt in different ways. The circulation of knowledge was one of the important facets of European existence in the region. It was not only felt but absorbed by certain indigenous communities located on the littoral in various forms. Whether it was António Bocarro, a functionary of Estado da Índia and guarda-mor of Torre doTombo at Goa or Barros’s and Couto’s respective Décadas; or the Catholic orders like the Jesuits among others preaching on the Fishery Coast; or a traveler of the caliber of Tome Piresobserving and transmitting his understanding about different lands; or William Van Schoten as aVOC officeholder noting information or just a meticulous geographical description of ThomasBowrey; or simply the Diaries of Streynsham Master all provide and develop one’s understanding of how knowledge was being circulated in this ever-moving world of Indian Ocean. One can also notice the varied kinds of knowledge transmitted through the above-mentioned and other such kinds of sources. Thus, this paper would help us to understand the various facets of the circulation of knowledge and how it helped the Europeans to develop their presence.

Smarika Nawani

Daulat Ram College, University of Delhi,, India

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