History, Other Disciplines, and Global Encounters, 1400–1800
Scholars of pre-modern global encounters engage with sources ranging from archaeological remains and artefacts, to travel and geographical writing, to administrative, legal and commercial documents, and visual imagery. Nonetheless, there are disciplinary variations in the types of sources and approaches preferred as well as the questions and themes addressed. This roundtable seeks to provoke discussion on the contributions and limitations of multiple disciplines to the study of global encounters c.1400-1800. The five panellists trained in history, art history, literature and anthropology, will reflect on the methodologies from these disciplines and also on approaches from disciplines beyond them, from sociology to science. Each will speak for seven minutes on a different theme or methodological challenge. The panellists will pose questions for the audience on the cruxes, problems and routes that they see towards richer, more rigourous approaches to the field. We envisage substantial discussion time after the brief presentations.