February 18, 2012

Call for Papers: Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses: an international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing

Birmingham, England: 2-5 July 2012

Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2012

Organised by the Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, University of Birmingham, UK.

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the eleventh Borders and Crossings conference from 2-5 July 2012. The conference will be held at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, a residential study and conference centre with comfortable accommodation, good food and wonderful gardens in Birmingham, England.

Proposals for 20 minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies. Current travel writers are also very welcome and there will be space for readings.

Proposals for all periods and travel writing topics are welcome. In addition to more general panels, however, there will be special panels on gay and lesbian travel writing. writing of pilgrimage, travel and translation, contemporary travel writing, Quaker travel writing, travel writing and science, and missionary travel writing. If you wish your paper to be considered for one of the special panels, please mention this in your proposal.

The conference languages are English and French and papers can be delivered in either language.

E-mail submissions are preferred. Please send a 300 word abstract. Please also include a note of your institutional affiliation, your e-mail address, a postal address  at which you can be reached during the first half of 2012 and any expected audio-visual needs.

The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2012.

Proposals should be sent to betty.hagglund@woodbrooke.org.uk

Enquiries by email or to Dr. Betty Hagglund, Centre for Postgraduate Quaker Studies, 1046 Bristol Road, Birmingham B29 6LJ, England.  Telephone:            +44 121 415 6761      


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