Traversing land, sea and sky: travel and the landscape

deadline for submissions: 
March 18, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Literary and Visual Landscapes, University of Bristol

Traversing land, sea and sky: travel and the landscape

25 April 2018, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol


‘Literary and Visual Landscapes’, a University of Bristol interdisciplinary seminar series, invites proposals for a symposium in April 2018 on the theme of ‘traversing land, sea and sky: travel and the landscape’. This symposium provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for researchers to share their insights and expertise, and opportunities to network with academics within and across disciplinary boundaries.


Keynote speaker: Dr Charlotte Mathieson, University of Surrey, whose research focuses on travel and mobility in nineteenth century literature.


We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. While we encourage a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation of the topic, possible themes include:

  • Speeding up: new methods of travel throughout history
  • Waterways: oceanic travel, travel on ships or boats, canals or streams
  • Sky travel, the history of human flight
  • Outer space travel
  • Unusual methods of travelling and transport
  • The travels of unusual objects
  • Travelling and gender
  • The changing landscapes of fiction and art
  • Cartography
  • Imperialism and colonial travel or tourism
  • The landscapes of migration or pilgrimage
  • Travel writing and/or travel art
  • Traversing borders and cross-cultural encounters
  • Traversing the wilderness
  • Travelling through Anthropocene / climate change and travel


Please send abstracts of 200 words, plus a bio of 50 words, to by 18 March 2018.