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'Satan is the seducer of them all': Calvinist Geography and the Encounter with India

'Satan is the seducer of them all': Calvinist Geography and the Encounter with India
91 Charles Street West, Room 215
Time: Feb 25th, 4:00 pm End: Feb 25th, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Medieval Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), 1500-1800, 1200-1500
Lecture by Richard Raiswell, University of Prince Edward Island

The Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium and the Department of History present:

‘Satan is the seducer of them all': Calvinist Geography and the Encounter with India

This paper will look at the emergence of a Calvinist conception of geography, and its implications for the European assimilation of geographical intelligence about India in the early part of the seventeenth century. For Calvinist travellers, India is part of an argument a contrariis writ large across the breadth of creation, a figure juxtaposed against Europe in order to amplify its virtues. To them, India-as part of God's horrible rhetoric-can be nothing else other than a land possessed by the devil.

Richard Raiswell is Associate Professor of History at the University of Prince Edward Island and Fellow at the CRRS. He is currently working on two book projects: a sourcebook on the medieval devil and an examination of the influence of Calvinism in the assessment of geographical intelligence.

This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required. For further information, please contact Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium

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