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Recent News and Forthcoming Events

The Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017: Trading Companies and Travel Literature
11-12 September 2017 Chatham Historic Docks / University of Kent

This conference brings together travel literature and trading companies by exploring how the various European companies collected, created, curated, protected and utilised material relating to travel and discovery around the world. Set in the historic environment of the University of Kent's Medway campus, the Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017 joins together senior experts and early career researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary conversation. In line with the core activity of the Hakluyt Society, the symposium will include an editorial workshop focused on editing and publishing scholarly editions of travel literature.

Several speakers have so far been confirmed, but a call for further papers is now being made. For more information please click or tap here.

American Friends of the Hakluyt Society revived

The American Friends are at last emerging from a long period of slumber and are marking their revival with a new website
which, it is hoped, will become 'a virtual gathering-place for maritime historical news and events'.
Please take a look at

The Hakluyt Society on Social Media

The Hakluyt Society maintains a vibrant online presence consisting of a series of interlinked platforms aimed at connecting a broad audience interested in the history of travel, exploration, and cross-cultural encounter. In line with the nature of the Society, its objectives are to forge links between academic research in the field of world history and the wider community of interested readers. Complementary to its longstanding core business of publishing high quality scholarly text editions, the Hakluyt Society’s social media channels offer new means to reach out to and expand its diverse global readership.

The Hakluyt Society blog features news stories pertaining to historical travel, exploration, and global encounters. While serving as a medium for the Society to communicate news about its publications and activities to a broad online community, it simultaneously functions as a platform for researchers to disseminate their findings beyond the confines of academia. Readers interested in publishing blog posts of around 500 words on a topic within the Society’s remit are strongly encouraged to contact the blog’s editor (see below).

Contributions and announcements are also welcomed to the Hakluyt Society Facebook page, which serves as the Society’s primary channel for the dissemination of news about conferences, exhibitions, lectures, publications, and research findings of interest to the wider Hakluyt Society community. Simply navigate to our page and click ‘like’ to start receiving updates. Finally, members and other interested readers are warmly invited to follow and interact with the Society on Twitter.

Questions, comments, suggestions and contributions for the blog can be addressed to the social media administrator, Guido van Meersbergen, at .

Updated: 24 March 2017

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