JCB Fellow's Talk: Rafael Dias Campos

June 28, 2017 - 4:00pm

Rafael Dias Campos (Centro de Humanidades (CHAM), Universidade Nova de Lisboa), Gulbenkian Foundation Fellow

"Envisioning a New World: Americans' reactions to European narratives in the late eighteenth century"

At the end of the eighteenth century, thousands of American-born students traveled to Europe to study. As they studied America from a European perspective, these students reacted against Europeans' negative representation of the land and its people. This show and tell focuses on American-born, European-educated students' perceptions of their homeland and their response to Eurocentric ideas about the Americas. This talk will also address the undervalued contributions of these American scholars to modern science and medicine, and thus show that as Americans from several parts of the continent revised popular perceptions of their homeland, the reimagining of the New World became a full-scale process.