Events

European Slaves:
Christians in African
Pirate Encounters


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Lecture
Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Renegados: Converted Christians in British Barbary Captivity Narratives." at the International Symposium Buccaneers, Corsairs, Pirates and Privateers: Connecting the Early Modern Seas at the Bielefeld University, 13.04.2018.

Lecture
Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Three Early Modern Barbary Captivity Narratives in the German Language and their Portrayal of Islam" for the Mediterranean Collaborative, Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota, 08.11.2017.

Lecture
Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Masters, Agusins and Renegados: Portrayals of Muslims in Early Modern Barbary Captivity Narratives from Germany and Austria" for the SAGES Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, 04.11.2017.

Newspaper article
"Auf zum Entern!", Der Standard.

Lecture
Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Merckwürdige Lebens- und Reisebeschreibung: Der Bericht des Johann Michael Kühn" at the workshop "Erzählen zwischen Fakt und Fiktion" in Innsbruck, 23.02.2017.

Article
German article about our conference on "Piracy and Captivity in the Mediterranean: 1530-1810" in Innsbruck.

Newspaper article
"Als christlicher Gefangener unter Piraten", Der Standard.


Contact us:

Mario Klarer
Project Leader

Phone:
+43 (0)512 507 4172

Fax:
+43 (0)512 507 2879

E-mail:
mario.klarer@uibk.ac.at

Mail:
Institut für Amerikastudien
Universität Innsbruck
Innrain 52
6020 Innsbruck
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Events

2017

November 8: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Three Early Modern Barbary Captivity Narratives in the German Language and their Portrayal of Islam" for the Mediterranean Collaborative, Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota.

November 4: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Masters, Agusins and Renegados: Portrayals of Muslims in Early Modern Barbary Captivity Narratives from Germany and Austria" for the SAGES Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

June 14-15: Newspaper article on the project: "Auf zum Entern!", Der Standard, June 14/15, 2017, page F1.

February 23: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Merckwürdige Lebens- und Reisebeschreibung: Der Bericht des Johann Michael Kühn" at the workshop "Erzählen zwischen Fakt und Fiktion" in Innsbruck.

 

2016

 November 15: Lecture: Mario Klarer (Innsbruck), "Die Ausstellung ‚Gefangen von Piraten’ auf Schloss Ambras im Jahr 2019" Forschungsschwerpunkt Kulturelle Begegnungen,  University of Innsbruck.

June 17: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Austrian 'Robinsons' on the Barbary Coast” at the "Piracy and Captivity in the Mediterranean: 1530-1810" in Innsbruck.

June 16: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Easier Imagined than Described: Femininity and Fictionality in American Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives” at the "Piracy and Captivity in the Mediterranean: 1530-1810" in Innsbruck.

June 16 - 18: International conference "Piracy and Captivity in the Mediterranean: 1530-1810" in Innsbruck.

April 23: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Selling the Truth: The Case of William Ray's Horrors of Slavery" at the EAAS Conference in Constanta (Romania).

April 22: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Austrian Pirate Victims in North Africa: Two Early Modern Narratives of Barbary Coast Captivity" at the conference "Piraten, Gin Tonic und Partnerwahl. DIe Vielfalt der universitären Forschung" in Innsbruck.

 

2015

December 15: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Two Versions of the Truth: Representations of Class in Captivity Narratives" at the EHLN Conference "Free and Unfree Labour" in Turin.

October 23: Presentation: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck) presents our project and our editing efforts at the kick off workshop of the Forschungszentrum Digital Humanities at the University of Innsbruck.

June 8: Lecture: Lisa Kattenberg (Amsterdam), "The Free Slave. Morality, Neostoicism and Publishing Strategy in Emanuel d’Aranda’s Algiers and it’s Slavery, 1640-1682" in Innsbruck.

June 3-4: Newspaper article on the project: "Als christlicher Gefangener unter Piraten", Der Standard, June 3/4, 2015, page F8.

April 15: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Two Versions of the Truth: American Captivity in Tripoli" at the "Philologisch-Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolloquium" in Innsbruck.

March 19: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "Identity Crisis: Returning from the Barbary Coast" at the research workshop "Afrikaforschung in Österreich: Zugänge und Einordnung" in Innsbruck.

March 19: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Constructing Knowledge: Early Modern North Africa Through the Lense of Captivity Narratives" at the research workshop "Afrikaforschung in Österreich: Zugänge und Einordnung" in Innsbruck.

March 19: Lecture: Mario Klarer (Innsbruck), "The Barbary Coast Captivity Narrative as an Early Modern Guide to North Africa: Emanuel Aranda’s A Relation of Captivity and Liberty (1665;1666)" at the research workshop "Afrikaforschung in Österreich: Zugänge und Einordnung" in Innsbruck.

February 19: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Americans in Chains: Sexual Virtue and the Quest for National Identity in Barbary Captivity Narratives" at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

January 26 - 30: Radio series: Mario Klarer in "Betrifft Geschichte" on Ö1, 5:55 pm.
   January 26: "Piraterie und Sklavenhandel seit der Antike"
   January 27: "Formen nordafrikanischer Sklaverei"
   January 28: "Sexuelle Standhaftigkeit versklavter Christinnen"
   Januray 29: "Berichte geflohener oder freigekaufter ehemaliger Sklaven"
   January 30: "Cervantes, Defoe und Rousseau"

2014

November 22, 2014: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "Discovering Timbuktu: An American Perspective on a Legendary City" at the 41 AAAS Conference "Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange" in Graz.

November 22, 2014: Lecture: Robert Spindler (Innsbruck), "City Descriptions in Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives" at the 41 AAAS Conference "Space Oddities: Urbanity, American Identity, and Cultural Exchange" in Graz.

November 17, 2014: Lecture: Tobias Auböck (Innsbruck), "The Fantastical Travels of Robert Adams: An American Captive in Western Africa" at the Forschungstag des Forschungszentrums Kulturen in Kontakt in Innsbruck.

November 13 - 14, 2014: Conference "Perspectives on Northern Africa in the Early Modern Period: Piracy, Slavery, and Diplomacy" in Innsbruck.

November 3, 2014: Lecture: Khalid Bekkaoui (Fez), "Muslim Discovery of America" in Innsbruck.

November - December 2014: LFUI Guest Professorship: Khalid Bekkaoui (Fez) spends to months in Innsbruck at the Department of American Studies. Report on his stay (pdf).

Winter term 2014/15: Seminar and proseminar on Barbary Coast captivity narratives in Innsbruck.

June 7, 2014: Lecture: Mario Klarer (Innsbruck), "Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives" at the conference "Mightier than the Sword? The Countercultural Agency of Literary Fiction" in Innsbruck.

May 21, 2014: Lecture: Salvatore Bono (Perugia), "Europäische Sklavenberichte aus dem Mittelmeerraum (16.-19. Jahrhundert)" in Innsbruck.

March 24, 2014: Lecture: Magnus Ressel (Frankfurt), "The Image of the Barbary Corsairs in European Scholarly Literature from 1600 to 1800" in Innsbruck.

March 17, 2014: Lecture: Mario Klarer, "Christliche Sklaven unter islamischen Piraten: Gefangenenberichte von der Berberküste (1550-1780)" at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institut for Neo-Latin Studies in Innsbruck.

Summer term 2014: Seminar: Mario Klarer, "American Literature and Culture: Pirates of the Mediterranean: Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives" at Innsbruck University.

February 25, 2014: Radio interview with Mario Klarer on Radio Freirad 105,9 (in "uni konkret", radio broadcast of the University of Innsbruck, February 2014, www.uibk.ac.at/ipoint/uni-konkret/).

February 8, 2014: Lecture: Mario Klarer, "Die Sklaven der Korsaren: Frühneuzeitliche Gefangenenberichte aus der Barbareskenküste und der frühe Roman" at the workshop "Schiff und Schrift. Zum Verhältnis von Literatur und Globalisierung von der Frühen Neuzeit bis zum 19. Jahrhundert" in Munich.

2013

November 27, 2013: Lecture: Mario Klarer, "Barbary Coast Captivity: German and English Narratives" at the Schwerpunkttreffen of the Forschungsschwerpunkt Kulturen in Kontakt in Innsbruck.

November 27, 2013: Lecture: Tobias Auböck, "Barbary Coast Captivity: American Narratives" at the Schwerpunkttreffen of the Forschungsschwerpunkt Kulturen in Kontakt in Innsbruck.

November 25, 2013: Lecture: Stefan Brandt, "The American in Chains: Enslavement and the Specter of North Africa in Early U.S. Barbary Narratives" in Innsbruck.

November 9, 2013: Lecture: Mario Klarer, "Barbary Coast Captivity Accounts as Anti‐Utopia" at the AAAS Conference in Salzburg.

November 9, 2013: Lecture: Tobias Auböck, "Barbary Coast Captivity Narratives: The Female Perspective" at the AAAS Conference in Salzburg.

November 9, 2013: Lecture: Robert Spindler, "17th Century Captivity Narratives and the Puritans’ Utopian Vision of the New World" at the AAAS Conference in Salzburg.

Winter term 2013/14: Seminar: Mario Klarer, "American Literature and Culture: Escape in American Literature" at Innsbruck University.

July 19, 2013: Lecture: Mario Klarer, "Escaping from White Slavery: Barbary Coast Captivity Accounts and the Emerging Novel" at the conference "CISLE: New Frontiers in Research, Innsbruck" in Innsbruck.