Defining English Identity in Early Modern England

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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 by May 30, 2012.