International conference

Discovering Dalmatia VII


Travel Stories: The Grand Tour, Travellers, Travel Itineraries, Travelogues

This year’s conference is a “hybrid” one, with some of the presenters and audience participating online, via Zoom, while the remaining participants will be gathered together in Split. It also represents the seventh annual Discovering Dalmatia conference, a programme offering a week of events in scholarship and research.

Please join us via Zoom:


Wednesday, December 8

The Centre Cvito Fisković
18.00 – 20.00
Welcome Reception

Thursday, December 9

9.30 – 10.00

Session 1

Moderated by Mirko Sardelić

10.00 – 10.20
Dealing with Bandits in Early Modern Travelogues: Mobility and Brigandage on the Land Routes in the Adriatic and Black Sea Regions
Alexandr Osipian

10.20 – 10.40
The Urban Form of Dubrovnik as Seen by Pilgrims and Travellers
Vedran Stojanović

10.40 – 11.00
Pieter Coecke van Aelst on the Dubrovnik Caravan Route
David Kabalin

11.00 – 11.40
Discussion – Coffee Break

11.40 – 12.00
Pierre Lescalopier’s Diary (1574) from the Bibliothèque Universitaire Historique de Médecine
Helena Belamarić

12.00 – 12.20
Fra Paul Pelizzer and Dalmatia in the 17th Century
Ivan Alduk

12.20 – 12.40
Discovering Wallachia Through the Eyes of Foreign Travellers in the 17th Century
Daniela Calciu

12.40 – 14.00
Discussion - Break

Session 2

Moderated by Colin Thom

14.00 – 14.20
Sir John Soane’s Lecture Drawings: A Virtual Grand Tour
Frances Sands

14.20 – 14.40
Souvenirs d’un Voyage en Dalmatie (1811?): Travel, Ethnography and Empire in the Early Nineteenth-Century Adriatic
David McCallam

14.40 – 15.00

15.00 – 15.20
The Amphitheater of Dyrrachium – A Landmark on the Route From Rome to Byzantium
Dominik Lengyel and Catherine Toulouse

15.20 – 15.40
Rome and Pompeii — Two Main Grand Tour Sites in the Collection of the Department of Prints and Drawings of the CASA
Ana Petković Basletić

15.40 – 16.00
The Works of Adam, Clérisseau, and Cassas in a Photographer's Research: Deconstructing Nenad Gattin’s Portrait of Diocletian’s Palace
Ana Šverko

16.00 – 16.20

Friday, December 10

Session 3

Moderated by Ana Šverko

10.00 – 10.20
British Travellers in Dalmatia During the 19th Century: Themes and Perspectives
Mateo Bratanić

10.20 – 10.40
Journeys across Land and Sea: Mediterranean Itineraries Described in the Arabic Travel Literature of the Nineteenth and Early Twenty Centuries
Joanna Musiatewicz

10.40 – 11.00
The Balkan Letters by Erno Foerk. A Travelogue Mapping the Architectural Trajectories of Ottoman Heritage
Eszter Baldavári and Boris Dundović

11.00 – 11.40
Discussion – Coffee Break

Session 4

Moderated by Elke Katharina Wittich

11.40 – 12.00
Travels or Expeditions? Bureaucratic Journeys in Early Habsburg Dalmatia
Konrad Clewing

12.00 – 12.20
Presenting Dalmatia: Emperor Francis Joseph I’s Travels Through Dalmatia in 1875
Sanja Žaja Vrbica

12.20 – 12.40
A Photographic Album with a Description of His Majesty Emperor and King Francis Joseph I's Tour Through Dalmatia in 1875
Ante Orlović

12.40 – 13.10

Public lecture
13.10 – 14.00
Defining Borderlines of Power and Impact - Maps of the Former Habsburg Empire with a Focus on Dalmatia After 1918
Elke Katharina Wittich

Tour of Diocletian’s Palace

Saturday, December 11

Session 5

Moderated by Katrina O'Loughlin

10.00 – 10.20
"It was difficult for me to part with Split…" Iso Kršnjavi's journey to Dalmatia in 1900
Irena Kraševac

10.20 – 10.40
Ivan Meštrović and his reflections from his travels in the Middle East
Dalibor Prančević and Barbara Vujanović

10.40 – 11.00
To Narrate, Animate, Turn into Text –Photographs of Refugees in El Shatt from the Croatian State Archives
Sandra Križić Roban

11.00 – 11.40
Discussion and Closing Remarks

11.40 – 14.00
Visit to the Meštrović Gallery

18.00 – 19.30
Public Lecture, The Centre Cvito Fisković
Unboxing Gattin
Irena Šimić and Ana Šverko

19.30 – 20.30
Closing Reception

This year’s programme will be further enriched by two public lectures. Elke Katharina Wittich will present her research into maps of the former Habsburg Empire with a focus on Dalmatia after 1918 in a historical, economic and political context. Irena Šimić and Ana Šverko, meanwhile, will discuss their work on the establishment of a digital archive of the work of the photographer Nenad Gattin.

Please find a detailed programme with abstracts here.

Contact: Ana Šverko