CFP: [Travel] constructions of "American-ness"/ALA Boston 09

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Jon Volkmer
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The Society for American Travel Writing, American Literature Association
Annual Conference, 21-24 May, 2009. Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA.
The Society for American Travel Writing, a member society of the American
Literature Association, issues a call for papers for two sessions at the
ALA conference in Boston, MA. Entitled “This is who they (we) are:
American Identity and Movement.” The sessions will explore constructions
of “American-ness” by American writers where travel is central to the
work. This might include such varieties of travel as migration, exile,
tourism, transience. Approaches may include (but are not limited to):
ethnographic (or perhaps pseudoethnographic) depictions of “Americans;”
constructions of indigenaety; incursions of settler populations;
immigrant groupsâ€"documented or undocumented; studies on gender or
race/ethnicity; homelessness. Papers should be 20 minutes in length.
Abstracts of no more than two pages may be submitted by January 15, 2009
by mail, or preferably by email to Dr. Valerie Smith, Department of
English, Quinnipiac University, CLA-1C, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden,
CT, 06518, or ; or to Dr. Jon Volkmer,
Dept. of English, Ursinus College, PO Box 1000, Collegeville, PA 19426,

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