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Dr Zoltan Biedermann
FC301
London
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer in Luso Brazilian Studies
  • SELCS
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

Zoltán Biedermann (PhD, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris / Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2006) has come to UCL from Birkbeck College, where he was Lecturer in Iberian Studies from 2009 to 2013. He has also taught at the EHESS in Paris (Maître de conférences invité, 2015), Brown University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 2012) and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CIEE Visiting Assistant Professor, 2008), and was an Ahmanson-Getty fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006-07. Between 2003 and 2006 he coordinated the international research project "Historical Cartography of the Persian Gulf" at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris. He has been responsible for the scientific revision of the catalogue "Novos Mundos - Neue Welten" (Berlin, 2007) and the historical index of the new edition of Fernão Mendes Pinto's Peregrinação (Lisbon, 2010). He is attached to the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS), the Portuguese Centre for Global History (CHAM), and the Centre for Early Modern Exchanges at UCL. He is the recipient of the Ronald Tress Prize for Research Excellence (2012) and has been recently elected a corresponding member of the Academy of the Portuguese Marine.

Research Summary

Dr Biedermann works on the Portuguese Empire in Asia with a focus on early modern diplomacy, imperial literature, cartography and the politics of space. He is the author of The Portuguese in Sri Lanka and South India (2014), The Historical Atlas of the Persian Gulf (2006) and Soqotra: Geschichte einer christlichen Insel im Indischen Ozean (2006). He is also currently completing "Connected Empires: Sri Lanka, Portugal and the Making of Habsburg Imperialism in Asia, 1500-1600", for which he received an AHRC grant, and co-editing "Global Gifts: Art and Diplomacy between Europe and Asia, 1500-1800" (with Giorgio Riello and Anne Gerritsen) and "Cosmopolitan Island: Sri Lanka at the Crossroads of History" (with Alan L. Strathern). He has been involved in several collaborative research projects, including "Letras de Frailes: escritas franciscanas en el imperio portugués" (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), "O Governo dos Outros" (ICS, Universidade de Lisboa), "Comentarios de Don García de Silva y Figueroa" (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and "MEDIAN" (Agence Nationale de la Recherche, Paris). He was recently on the Scientific Committee of the 4th, 5th and 6th Ibero-American Conference on the History of Cartography (Lisbon, 2012; Bogotá, 2014; Santiago de Chile, 2016). He is also a co-editor of the "Maritime Asia" book series at the German publisher Harrassowitz.

Teaching Summary

Dr Biedermann teaches Introduction to Portuguese Literature, Art and Empire in the Iberian World, The Golden Age of Portuguese Travel Literature, and Portugal and its Empire in the 20th Century: Trajectories and Memories. Earlier teachings include The Power of Maps, Iberian Empires and the Early Modern World, History of the Portuguese Empire, Describing the Exotic in the Iberian Renaissance, and Intermediate Portuguese. He also teaches on the MA Early Modern Studies (Cartography) and the MA Comparative Literature (Literary Cartographies), and welcomes PhD proposals on the history of Portugal, its empire, and its diaspora.

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