CFP: Travelling South 9/22-26; deadline 5/14

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International Society for Travel Writing
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"Traveling South": The Sixth Conference of the International Society for Travel Writing

The International Society for Travel Writing invites you to join its sixth biennial conference at the University of South Carolina from 22-26 September 2010.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Peter Hulme (University of Essex)
Gary Younge (Brooklyn College and feature writer and columnist for the Guardian newspaper)

The conference has a special, but not exclusive, focus on "Traveling South". Papers on this theme might address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

"South" as a contested space in travel writing / The construction of travelers' identities through, with or against the South / "Southern" as a quality of travel writing / "South" or "Southern" as a descriptor for
place and culture in travel texts / "South" as a locus of deviance, hybridity, mutation, or decay
"South" as a locus of warmth, community, and pre-industrialism / African-American travels to, from, or within the South / "South" as destination for travel or tourism / "South" as a local, regional, national, or global term/ Souths compared: e.g. the South of one nation or region compared with that of another / The construction of gender and sexuality in travel writing of the South / Theorizing the South on the basis of travel texts and academic discourse on them

Submissions of critical papers; organizations of panels, roundtable discussions, or seminars; and readings of original travel writing, either published or in composition relating to this special theme or to
travel writing in general are welcome.

Paper abstracts should be limited to 250 words. Proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, seminars, or readings should not exceed one page. All submissions and inquiries should be made by email to with the subject line 'ISTW Conference.'
NB: Papers should focus on travel writing, though they may make comparison with other forms and genres.

Abstracts and proposals should be received by 15 May 2010. Early submission is advisable as places may be limited.

The ISTW site is at: Full membership offers approximately 25% off the journal Studies in Travel Writing.