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NARRATORS

José Manuel Garcia (Portugal)

A Portuguese perspective, in the footsteps and skin of Fernando de Magallanes.

Born in 1956, Garcia is a researcher at the Cabinet of Olisiponenses in Lisbon, a member of the Royal Academy of Portuguese History, of the Academia de Marinha and of the Lisbon Geographic Society, and is currently the only Portuguese researcher actively working on Magellan (several books are underway or forthcoming).

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Michel Chandeigne (France)

Reveals intricacies about the characters and the story to make them more human.

Michel Chandeigne is an author, publisher, and lecturer specialized in Portuguese-speaking countries and in the history of the Great Discoveries. Under the pseudonym Xavier de Castro, he has authored a dozen books published by the Éditions Chandeigne, including a monumental Voyage de Magellan 1519–1522, the first to bring together and confront all first-hand testimonies of the expeditions and a world reference. A living bible on Magellan, Michel Chandeigne challenges many received ideas and brings to life characters he has been studying for decades.

Jose Manuel Nunez 
de la Fuente (Spain)

A Spanish perspective and Sevillian enthusiasm.

A graduate of the University of Seville in History and Geography, and a Doctor in Social Anthropology, Nunez de la Fuente is the author of dozens of historical and ethnological documentaries. He is currently the Secretary General of the Red Mundial de Ciudades Magallánicas, an international organization whose mission is to celebrate the quincentenary of the first circum-navigation. Author of Diraio de Magallanes, in which he imagines Magellan’s logbook. Jose Manuel has also sailed around the world to retrace Magellan’s journey.

Olivier de Kersauson (France)

Will show Magellan’s courage and the difficulty of his extraordinary sailing.

Born in 1944, Kersauson is a famous French navigator and author. He was Éric Tabarly’s mate at the age of 22, before going on to become a skipper in his own right, collecting world circumnavigation records and setting himself apart through his audacity and innovation. He remains nonetheless humbled by Magellan’s feat. His knowledge of his trajectory is precise, as is recorded in his book, Promenades en mer et étonnements heureux (2018).

EPISODE 1

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Alan Stern (US)

An American planetary scientist and astronomer, Alan Stern has participated in over thirty spatial programs throughout his career. In 2000, he took the lead of the New Horizons mission, whose probe was launched in 2006 and was the first to fly over Pluto in July 2015, before continuing into the Kuiper Belt, an unexplored region on the edges of the Solar System. His outlook as a planetary explorer and his experience as head of an unprecedented space expedition will lend perspective to what it takes to develop such a major voyage into the unknown.

Jerry Brotton (UK)

A historian and lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, Jerry Brotton is a map. He is particularly interested in their role in the political, economic, and social evolution of nations from the Middle Ages to the present day. The author of several articles and of a reference book that was translated into twelve languages, The History of the World in Twelve Maps, Jerry Brotton draws on a multi-disciplinary approach that blends art, science, literature and political history to decrypt relations of influence and power around representations of the world proposed by cartographers throughout the ages.

Isabel de Riquer (Spain)

A doctor in Romanesque philology, Isabel de Riquer is professor emeritus at the University of Barcelona. A specialist in troubadour and medieval French literature, she has authored numerous articles, monographs, and translations, including one of Antonio Pigafetta’s First Voyage around the World, the most complete Spanish version to date.Isabel de Riquer has been a member of the Barcelona Academy of Art since 2016.

Olivier Roellinger (FR)

3-star Michelin chef from Brittany, spice specialist. Roellinger created his first blend of spices in 1983, inspired by the fourteen spices that resulted from 18th century trading with the Indies in the port of Saint-Malo.He received his first Michelin Guide star in 1984. His third star was awarded in 2006 for creating the most beautiful blend of ocean-inspired spices.

EPISODE 2

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Jean-Yves Bernot (FR)

After studying mathematics and oceanography, he sailed with Eric Tabarly and Philippe Poupon and specialised in race strategy and routing. He became the router for many record-breakers such as Philippe Jeantot, Christophe Auguin, Francis Joyon, Franck Cammas, or François Gabart. He helped Isabelle Autissier, Michel Desjoyeaux, Ellen MacArthur or Vincent Riou to improve their strategy during their race, and later became an instructor at the Finistère Racing Department, offshore Port-la-Forêt. He trained 8 of the 20 participants of the Vendée Globe 2012-2013, including François Gabart and Armel Le Cléac'h. His nickname is ``The Wizard``

José Murica (Uruguay)

A politician and a thinker, President of the Republic of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015, José Mujica is renowned for his strong political commitment and for applying restraint in his use of power. After being a guerilla activist in the 1970s and being held hostage by the dictatorship, he actively participated in reestablishing democracy for his country.As a fine connoisseur of the history of the American continent, with its dreams and struggles, his voice and ideas are highly revered amongst Latin American public figures.

Farish Ahmad-Noor (Malaysia)

He is a tenured Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and coordinator of the RSIS doctoral program. He is also a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Religion and Politics. Dr Noor has also written and hosted several documentary series on Channel NewsAsia including 'Our Southeast Asia', 'Inside Indonesia with Dr Farish', 'Across Borders' and 'Inventing Southeast Asia'.

EPISODE 3

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Romain Bertrand (FR)

A modern perspective on history that departs from European centrism and restores the world of indigenous peoples.

A historian and Director of Research at the CERI (Center for International Studies, common to both Sciences Po and the CNRS), Bertrand specializes in modern and contemporary Indonesia and has devoted numerous studies to European colonial domination in South-East Asia. He has just published Qui a fait le tour de quoi ? L’affaire Magellan. Romain Bertrand offers a global perspective on history and demonstrates that when they explored the Indian subcontinent, what Europeans discovered were modern, cosmopolitan societies..

Olivier Remaud (FR)

Olivier Remaud is a philosopher and director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), holding a chair on cosmopolitanism. He has published a number of books, including Un monde étrange (PUF, 2015), Solitude volontaire (Albin Michel, 2017), Errances (Paulsen, 2019) and Penser comme un iceberg (Actes Sud, 2020). In his works, he examines the ways of the world and the environments in which people live.

Farish Ahmad-Noor (Malaysia)

He is a tenured Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and coordinator of the RSIS doctoral program. He is also a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Religion and Politics. Dr Noor has also written and hosted several documentary series on Channel NewsAsia including 'Our Southeast Asia', 'Inside Indonesia with Dr Farish', 'Across Borders' and 'Inventing Southeast Asia'.

EPISODE 4

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Simon Gallegos (Chile)

A doctor in philosophy and high school teacher, Gallegos Gabilongo has taught at the French University College of Moscow and at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has written about the historical epistemology in voyages of exploration (16th—18th centuries), which he redefines as navigators updating uncharted space, but which cannot be complete since there was still so much to explore at the time.

Isabel de Riquer (Spain)

A doctor in Romanesque philology, Isabel de Riquer is professor emeritus at the University of Barcelona. A specialist in troubadour and medieval French literature, she has authored numerous articles, monographs, and translations, including one of Antonio Pigafetta’s First Voyage around the World, the most complete Spanish version to date.Isabel de Riquer has been a member of the Barcelona Academy of Art since 2016.

Joyce Chaplin (US)

A professor of American History at Harvard University, Joyce Chaplin is also the author of several books in her fields of expertise, the history of science, the environment, and colonialism. In Round about the Earth: From Magellan to Orbit (2012), she retraces the history of world circumnavigations, from the first one to the conquest of space. She evokes the emergence of a global awareness with the first sailors who experienced going around the world and the symbolic place the world globe has occupied in a 500-year shared history.

Jerry Brotton (UK)

A historian and lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, Jerry Brotton is a map. He is particularly interested in their role in the political, economic, and social evolution of nations from the Middle Ages to the present day. The author of several articles and of a reference book that was translated into twelve languages, The History of the World in Twelve Maps, Jerry Brotton draws on a multi-disciplinary approach that blends art, science, literature and political history to decrypt relations of influence and power around representations of the world proposed by cartographers throughout the ages.