CFP: [Travel] Travel Writing and Diasporic Spaces, Lisbon, September 2008

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Tim Youngs
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Call for Papers

>From Brazil to Macao: Travel Writing and Diasporic Spaces

10-14 September 2008

Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, Portugal.


>From the beginning of the fifteenth century, modern Europe launched a
process of expansion that involved Africa, the Americas and Asia before
covering the rest of the world. The Portuguese and the Spaniards were
followed by the British and the Dutch in the early stages of this process,
and then by other European nations. Various empires and spheres of
influence have appeared and dissipated â€" most recently, the USA has
acquired a position of global dominance that some regard as an ‘informal
empire’ â€" but what underpins all such expansionist endeavours, at one
level, are practices and discourses of travel. Empires, both formal and
informal, are constructed and maintained through acts and texts of travel,
and precipitate travel in innumerable forms. Explorers, soldiers, and
colonial administrators move from imperial centre to so-called ‘periphery’,
and back; representatives from subject or subaltern cultures may make a
similar journey in reverse, from ‘periphery’ to imperial metropolis and
back; throughout the empire complex processes of migration are set in
motion, sometimes involving the displacement of whole populations. And in
many cases, these patterns of travel remain in place even after an empire
has retreated and dissolved.

The University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (ULICES) and the
Department of English of the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon, will
host a conference entitled 'From Brazil to Macao: Travel Writing and
Diasporic Spaces'organised with the International Society for Travel
Writing and Nottingham Trent University’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies.

Our interdisciplinary conference will examine the various types of travel
narrative associated with this process of expansion and its continuing
aftermath; it will also consider the travellers and travel texts that
emerge from colonised and post-colonial cultures, in response to imperial
expansion. While the location of the conference will enable a special focus
on the Portuguese travel that inaugurated modern Europe’s place in the
world, and whose consequences are still being played out, we warmly welcome
offers of twenty-minute papers that deal with narratives of travel to and
from other nations. We also invite colleagues to submit proposals of topics
addressing more specific themes within this larger rubric.

Paper may be presented in either Portuguese or English.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

Colonial travel narratives

Diaries of travel

Maritime narratives

Migrants’ narratives

Missionaries’ narratives

Narratives of exploration

Narratives of journeys from colonial spaces to Europe

Postcolonial travel

Tourist texts

Travel journalism

Travel and sexuality

Travel and translation

Travel and visual culture

Travel politics

Proposals of around 350 words should be emailed to by 1 February 2008.

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