Professor Nandini Das appointed Vice President of the Hakluyt Society
Tutorial Fellow in English Professor Nandini Das has made history by being appointed Vice President of The Hakluyt Society, the first South Asian and the first person of colour to hold the position in the society’s 175-year history.
Named after Richard Hakluyt, the 16th century collector and editor of narratives of voyages and travels and other documents relating to English interests overseas, the society was founded in 1846 to publish scholarly editions of primary records of voyages and travels. To date it has published some 370 volumes which are illustrated with maps and plates and prized for their standards of scholarship and book production. The society also holds conferences and lectures and awards grants and prizes.
Professor Das has recently collaborated with academics, spoken word artists and musicians to create the TIDE salon, an installation exploring travel, transculturality and identity in England in the 16th and 17th centuries. The installation is part of a European Research Council project that Professor Das directs.