Defining English Identity in Early Modern England

full name / name of organization: 
Southeastern Renaissance Conference
contact email: 
klallen@daltonstate.edu

SAMLA Conference 2012, Durham, North Carolina, Nov. 9-11
Southeastern Renaissance Conference (SRC) [Affiliated Group]

Proposals are invited for the 2012 SAMLA conference that address the notion of travel and its relation to identity in early modern England. During this time, Englishmen traveled outside the bounds of their native land as diplomats, ambassadors, soldiers, and explorers. For those who stepped outside the borders of England, how did their travels affect their understanding of national identity? Proposals can address the effect of travel specifically on the travelers: how did they define English identity in travel narratives, letters, etc.? How did this travel literature shape the identity of readers who never left the English shore? Essentially, how did travel literature define what it meant to be an “Englishman”?

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina, on November 9-11, 2012.
Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words to klallen@daltonstate.edu by May 30, 2012.

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
renaissance
travel_writing