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Florian Krobb and Dorit Müller

preapproved and monitored, and their movements subject to bureaucratic procedures. 5 The development of scientific travel entered a new phase of intensity in the Enlightenment period. On “enlightened” journeys, cultural practices such as collecting

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New Mobilities, Spaces, and Ideas to Market

European Travel Writers and the Making of a Genre—Comment

Steven D. Spalding


This comment on the special section “On Travel Writing and Knowledge Transfer: Itinerant Knowledge Production in European Travel Writing” examines the section’s contributions in terms of the project called for in the section’s introduction. What new kinds of knowledge are produced in the context of the ever-increasing mobility of European travelers from the sixteenth century forward? What are the discursive conditions within which knowledge is constructed in and through travel narratives—including discourses of selves and others, of cultures and nations? How does mobility shape knowledge production, as narratives of journeys across the oceans develop into a full-blown genre with ever-greater stakes for travelers, readers, and nations? The four case studies in the special section offer insightful snapshots from the history of European travel writing—with a special emphasis on German authors—that resonate with major themes from travel writing studies and critical studies more generally, from Romanticism to the colonialist or imperial gaze.

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Julián Antonio Moraga Riquelme, Leslie E. Sponsel, Katrien Pype, Diana Riboli, Ellen Lewin, Marina Pignatelli, Katherine Swancutt, Alejandra Carreño Calderón, Anastasios Panagiotopoulos, Sergio González Varela, Eugenia Roussou, Juan Javier Rivera Andía, Miho Ishii, Markus Balkenhol, and Marcelo González Gálvez

broad heuristic definition of the fetish that encompasses both Afro-Atlantic (purportedly ‘fetishist’) religions and post-Enlightenment European social thought. This heuristic working definition considers the ‘fetish’ as a “material thing animated by the

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Rematerializing Martyrs and the Missing Soldiers of the Iran-Iraq War

Sana Chavoshian

Enlightenment . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press . 10.5749/minnesota/9780816699483.001.0001 Gilsenan , Michael . 2000 . “ Signs of Truth: Enchantment, Modernity and the Dreams of Peasant Women .” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

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Amy Binning

-Tibetan Culture , ed. Lokesh Chandra . New Delhi : International Academy of Indian Culture . Smyer Yü , Dan . 2012 . The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China: Charisma, Money, Enlightenment . London : Routledge . Sullivan , Randall . 2009

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Talal Asad

Talal Asad, Jonathan Boyarin, Nadia Fadil, Hussein Ali Agrama, Donovan O. Schaefer, and Ananda Abeysekara

incorporate and inhabit them. 2 I am grateful for Azar Dakwar's insightful suggestion to distinguish ‘humane’ from ‘humanist’, with the latter referring to a culturally specific view on the human (as defined in the Western post-Enlightenment tradition) that

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Khaled Furani

home. I further select theology as my working term because it is the domain of inquiry from which anthropology, seeking acceptance in Enlightenment thought, explicitly dissociated itself, as we see in Tylor, on the way to becoming a legitimate

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Cotten Seiler

striving for culture … their mentality is quite dormant, remaining sunk within itself and making no progress.” Further along toward enlightenment are the Mongols who, for their part, “reveal as their characteristic feature a restless mobility which comes to

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Heidi Morrison, James S. Finley, Daniel Owen Spence, Aaron Hatley, Rachael Squire, Michael Ra-shon Hall, Stéphanie Vincent-Geslin, Sibo Chen, Tawny Andersen, and Stéphanie Ponsavady

center of Sarah Jane Cervenak’s book, which ambitiously examines wayward movement in relation to both Enlightenment-era formulations of reason and freedom as well as post-Enlightenment (and often state-imposed) limitations on physical mobility. As

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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh and Juliano Fiori

. These endeavors are arguably compatible with the exigencies of Enlightenment reason itself. But, though I recognize Eurocentrism as an expression of white identity politics, I am wary of the notion that individual self-identification with a particular