Michael Harbsmeier has been Professor of Early Modern European History at Roskilde University. Having studied anthropology at the University of Copenhagen he concentrated his research on various traditions of travel writing. Starting with early modern German travel accounts (Wilde Völkerkunde, Frankfurt/New York 1994) he has been working on various European voyages and expeditions (Scientists and Scholars in the Field, edited with Kristian H. Nielsen and Christopher J. Ries, Aarhus 2012; Early Scientific Expeditions and Local Encounters, edited with Ib Friis and Jørgen Bæk Simonsen, Copenhagen 2013). In a series of articles (and his Stimmen aus dem äussersten Norden, Stuttgart 2001) he has dealt with the accounts of travellers from the rest of the world to Europe from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Now at the University of Copenhagen, he hopes to finish a book on images of Europe in the accounts of travellers from Greenland, Japan, China, India, Africa and various parts of the Muslim world.