Hofrituelen en koloniale recuperatie van de Oostendse Compagnie in 18de -eeuws Bengalen en China



This article forms a critique on the formation ofa colonial historiography concerning the
interactions of the maritime 'Ostend Company' (GIC) in eighteenth century China and
India. This historiography has ignored aspects of intercultural communication, which
provided the conditions of possibility for any further interaction and exchange. The conceptual
influence of colonialism on this discourse, and its recuperation of the Ostend
Company's interactions in Bengal, are traced through its manifestations in historiography
as well as popular visual culture. This is contrasted with a source-based approach which
sheds new light on vital issues of courtly communication as a learning process involving
specific acts and symbols.