Expanding Earth: Travel, Encounter, and Exchange

This exhibit examines historical records of the movement and exchange of people, ideas, and objects throughout the world, and looks beyond Eurocentric ideas of exploration, conquest, and "discovery."

On Exhibit February 9, 2017 - May 19, 2017
Exhibit Open to the public
Expanding Earth Logo

Globalization is no recent phenomenon. People, ideas, and objects have always been on the move, encountering and changing one another as a result. This exhibit presents some of the textual and material residues of these encounters and travels, characteristic of past as well as present human activity and curiosity. Focusing on the years 1400 to 1800, the exhibit examines and looks beyond familiar Eurocentric ideas of exploration, conquest, and "discovery." Using manuscripts, printed books, drawings, maps, and artifacts, Expanding Earth highlights the movements of peoples, ideas, and goods across the world in their own words and in material objects.

Detail from Holy Land Travel Manuscript c. 1690 (UPenn CAJS Rar Ms 455)

Conference: To the Ends of the Earth

Friday, March 3-4, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM

To the Ends of the Earth will explore the transmission and translation of material and cultural practices, cartography, exploration, migration (forced and voluntary) and the changing geographies of liminal spaces. A group of international scholars from several disciplines will examine topics including textual production from early modern Italy to twentieth-century Africa, as well as the racialization of space from Victorian England to nineteenth-century California. Keynote address by Michael A. Gomez, New York University, a leading scholar of Africa and the African Diaspora. This exhibition takes place in conjunctions with the exhibition Expanding Earth: Travel, Encounter, and Exchange on display February 9-May 19, 2017.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Installation views of Expanding Earth

Overall view of Expanding Earth.
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Expanding Earth Introduction.
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Case 1 - People
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Case 1 - People
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Case 2 - People
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Case 2 - People
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Case 3 - People
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Case 3 - People
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Case 4 - Material Goods
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Case 4 - Material Goods
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Case 5 - Material Goods
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Case 5 - Material Goods
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Case 6 - Material Goods
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Case 7 - Knowledge
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Case 8 - Knowledge
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Case 9 - Knowledge
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Case 10 - Representing the World
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Case 10 - Representing the World
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Case 11 - Representing the World
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detail of Case 11 - Representing the World
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Case 12 - Representing the World
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Case 13 - Representing the World
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Case 14 and 15 - Representing the World
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Case 14 - Representing the World
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Case 15 - Representing the World
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