The Cognitive Semiotics of Cultural Evolution
David Dunér & Göran Sonesson - Chapter Ten : Encounters: The Discovery of the Unknown
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David Dunér & Göran Sonesson
Encounters: The Discovery of the Unknown
The history of exploration has mostly concerned what travellers actually saw, who they met, where they travelled, which islands and geographic locations they visited. The stories of the historians tell about logistical problems, how the explorers managed to travel from one place to another, about navigation at sea and how they penetrated trackless terrains, followed coastlines, rivers and mountain ranges, and walked through valleys and forests. Not least the political and sociological dimensions of travelling have caught many researchers’ interest, for example in various studies of networks, power relations, contacts, collaborations, careers, and how cultural encounters have led to political and economic change (Campbell 1988; Porter 1991; Pratt 1992; Pagden 1993; Elsner and Rubiés 1999; Bridges 2002; Sell 2006; Abulafia 2008). There is, however, another aspect of travelling to foreign locations that has hardly been touched upon in scholarly studies, but which is the one that will concern us here.
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