UPDATE: [Travel] Traveling from the Real/Virtual to the Virtual/Real and Back

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Edward A. Aiken
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From: Edward A. Aiken <eaaiken_at_syr.edu>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 21:21:55 -0400
Papers are invited for a seminar on Traveling from the Real/Virtual to the Virtual/Real and Back
at the Annual ACLA Conference 
March 26-29, 2009 
Harvard University.
A traveler to Las Vegas today might go precisely because the city offers the possibility of
“visiting” Mandalay, Egypt, New York City, Paris, Venice and other locations well beyond the state
of Nevada. A traveler to Paris in 1867 might have gone to the French capital precisely because
such a visit would have made it possible to attend the great Universal Exposition, which would
have offered the possibility of “visiting” world locations beyond the limits of Paris. Political,
promotional and experiential delight in confusing the real and the virtual is evident in this quote
from the period: “Italy, Spain, Denmark, and Russia will be incorporated by degree into the
Parisian municipality. Three days later, the city’s limits will be pushed back all the way to New
Zealand . . . Paris will be the world, and the universe will be Paris.”
This seminar will approach the conference theme of global languages and local cultures in terms
of travel and tourism as expressed in literature, the visual arts and promotional materials from
1850 through 2008. Travel should be addressed through discussions focusing on the
juxtaposition, superimposition or blending of such categories as virtual and real; past and
present; or distant and near.
Please follow the instructions at http://www.acla.org/annualmeetingguidelines.html. Abstracts
should be no longer than 300 words and should designate the seminar and the seminar
organizer, Prof. Edward A. Aiken, Director, Graduate Program in Museum Studies, Syracuse

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