The mid-twentieth century saw seismic shifts for British women, including those living under British rule in the colonies, in the public and private spheres. These years are often imagined as a wave of expansion and constriction, with the swelling of economic and political freedoms for women in the 1930s, the cresting of women in the public sphere during the Second World War, and the resulting break as employment and political opportunities for women dwindled in the 1950s when men returned home from the Front. But this narrative needs reexamining.
Dawn Keetley and Matthew Wynn Sivils note that “the dominant American relationship with nature . . . has always been unsettling” with the Gothic “sewn into the very warp and woof of American literature." This panel seeks to coalesce a body of work which investigates the Ecogothic in American literature before 1900: letters, slave narratives, novels, and travel journals which foreground nature as protagonist. The panel aims to investigate how writers of early America invoked the Gothic to describe their wild environs as well as the natural spaces becoming trampled by progress and exploration.
Online conference: 7 December 2020
Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
Keynote Speakers: Professor Anne D. Wallace (University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and Professor Jon Hegglund (Washington State University)
Organisers: Dr Lucy Jeffery & Professor Vicky Angelaki
Victorian Studies, Asia and the Pacific
In the early stage of the COVID-19 outbreak, a common practice for many western media was to revisit an old orientalist habit to equate eastern culinary customs to primitiveness, eagerly reporting on Chinese “omnivorous markets” and “culinary adventurism” as a likely cause of the pandemic. Western disdain for extremely omnivorous eastern eating habits is not new to medievalists, nor is it a distinctively modern phenomenon. Such disdain for “oriental” eating habits focuses on the purportedly unclean, unethical, underdeveloped ways of eating everything, including whatever is tabooed for a Latin Christian to eat.
Studies in Travel Writing special issue:
‘Vertical Travel: Deceleration, Microspection, Confinement’
Guest edited by Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Zoe Kinsley (Liverpool Hope University) and Kate Walchester (Liverpool John Moores University)
The PNRS conference organizers and the organization executive board has made the difficult decision to reschedule our conference to September 2021. The conference will remain the same regarding thematic focus and plenaries. A new CFP will be distributed again in September 2020. Theme: Renaissance LandscapesPlenaries: Professor Mary Floyd-Wilson and Professor Janelle JenstadNew conference dates: September 30 to October 2, 2021; plenaries and presentation panels will take place on the Friday and Saturday of the conference dates.Location: Banff Park Lodge, Banff, Alberta, CanadaProposal submission deadline: January 15, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia, PA, March 11-14, 2021
Panel on French literature
Mountaineering and Climbing have become extraordinarily popular lifestyle sports. More generally, mountain-going has been one of the fastest growing leisure activities of the past thirty years where an estimated, ‘10 million Americans go mountaineering annually’ (Macfarlane, 2004: 17) and In the United Kingdom 2.48 million people participate in recreational rock climbing and mountaineering (Mintel, 2018).
Developing a discussion initiated in the recently-published Literary Geographies 6(1), the journal’s editors seek contributions to an expanded ‘Thinking Space’ section on ‘Literary Geographies in Isolation’ planned for the December issue. We are interested in receiving shorter submissions of 1500-3000 words, including the more personal, polemical or impressionistic. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
armchair tourism in lockdown
reading as virtual fieldwork
Several Romantic artists and, in particular, writers focused on historical events that brought the Americas on the forefront of the European imagination. Certainly, many Italian writers looked at what then still was the New World with a prismatic approach, either because they were writing on historical events that occurred in North America (especially the formation of the United States) or because they were looking at the independence wars fought in South America; either because the Americas offered shelter to the exiles, or because they provided new ground for thinking about the relationship between nature and culture.
This panel seeks to investigate cross-cultural and intercultural exchanges in British literature produced by men and women who traveled to and from the Americas (North, Central, and South) during the long 19th century (1750-1900). It provides a critical examination of the ideological underpinnings and socio-political reasoning for the production of British travel narratives as well as the effects they had on the construction of identity, race, and gender in American and British territories during this period. In doing so, we hope to challenge established academic disciplinary boundaries and provide new insights into the intricate relationships between transatlantic literature, identity, and politics.
Creating Texts, Breaking the Rules: Galdosian Narratives (at SAMLA 92)
The Leon Edel Prize is awarded annually for the best essay on Henry James by a beginning scholar. The prize carries with it an award of $300, and the prize-winning essay will be published in HJR.
The competition is open to applicants who have not held a full-time academic appointment for more than four years. Independent scholars and graduate students are encouraged to apply.
Essays should be 20-30 pages (including notes), original, and not under submission elsewhere or previously published.
Send submissions to: email@example.com
Author's name should not appear on the manuscript.
I am pulling together an Edited Collection called Mobilizing Narratives: Narrating (Im)Mobility Injustice. I would like to invite you to consider submitting a chapter.
Published at the height of the imperial enterprise, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) has a long and intricate backstory. It is, in fact, the result of centuries of British discovery of and disappointment with the world. One by one, naturalists, amateur anthropologists, merchants, soldiers, diplomats or missionaries from the British Isles discovered the world for the armchair travelers at home and built up their self-esteem by disfiguring countries and regions in writings, paintings, and lectures at the Royal Geographical Society.
Travel is a vehicle for which to explore the condition of living, how our relationships to place shape us and our experiences, how our identities and political histories inform place, how power structures inform how we migrate (or don’t) and how that affects the places we pass through. --Bani Amor, “Getting Real About Decolonizing Travel Culture” (2017)
We are seeking one or two chapters to fill out our edited collection Religion and the Medieval and Early Modern Global Marketplace (already under contract with Routledge). Ideally the chapter(s) would provide a case study that addresses some intersection of economy (market, exchange) and religion (faith, sprituality) in medieval and/or early modern Africa. How did matters of faith enter the marketplace in a specific region of Africa? How did religion facilitate or provide resistance to the growing slave trade? How did religions adapt to changing markets?
Please send inquiries and/or abstracts to Scott Oldenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A one-day interdisciplinary conferenceCoventry UniversityThe conference is now postponed to other date (TBD). This is due to the outbreak of Covid-19 and current circumstances.
CALL FOR PAPERS for Edited Volume with ISBN.
Native Voices from India: A Reminiscence
In Passage: The International Journal of Writing and Mobility, the electronic journal of the Faculty of Languages & Literatures of the University of Boumerdes, seeks contributions in English or French for its third issue, to be released in December 2020. The subjects addressed by In Passage include, but are not limited to:
- Literary genres and movements
- Travel literature and intercultural contact.
- Writing and sexual identity
- Code switching/code mixing
- Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
- Translation issues
- "Digital writing" (SMS language, social networks)
The travel memoir offers an opportunity to examine a number of issues in terms of creative non-fiction. Travel stories focus on individuals who become strangers to themselves when they exile themselves from the environmental and cultural factors that have defined them thus far in service of self-discovery. They link up with the grand Odysseus-like impulse of traditional and modern literature that can profoundly alter identity when they travel and write about their experiences. Topics to consider would include a discussion of three particular aspects of this kind of storytelling. First, we must discuss the idea of fiction vs. fact and try to decide how much of each is essential in terms of crafting biographical material.
The conference seeks to explore the narratives of displacement and to demonstrate the validity of a cross-disciplinary approach which brings together the historical, cultural, social and literary expertise in the handling of text. The conference will particularly focus on time and space representations and on treatment of the theme of cultural ambivalence and identity conflict. The subject of displacement will be regarded as both a migration, voluntary or forced, and a sense of being socially or culturally “out of place”.
Papers are invited on topics related, but not limited, to:
"Narratives of Displacement" International Conference
6 November 2020 - Palma, Spain
London Centre for Interdisciplinary ResearchThe British and Comparative Cultural Studies Research Group (BRICCS), Unversity of the Balearic Islands, Spain
in collaboration with
Research Project RTI2018-097186-B-I00 and RED2018-102678-T (MCI/AEI/ERDF, EU)
« Archives de l'émigration. Études - Esquisses – Documents »
Numéro coordonné par: Magdalena Kowalska
ISSN Online 2391-7911
Date limite d’envoi des propositions : le 9 avril 2020
Date limite de réception des articles : le 30 juin 2020
APPEL À CONTRIBUTIONS
What is the place of unwilling travel(er)s in travel studies? What are the costs of travel? This roundtable considers travels that are not undertaken strictly by choice. We welcome proposals from any field or period on topics such as: climate-related relocations, internal/political migrants, self-liberation from slavery or captivity, literal/figurative boundaries, eco/animal movements, borderlands/crossings, economic exigencies that require travel, narratives of new beginnings.
Travel Literature and Transatlantic Encounters: “The Iberian Peninsula as seen from North America (1850-1950)"
University of Alicante (Spain), June 4-5, 2020.
This conference is part of the research project "Exotic Spain: American Travel Literature about Spain (1900-1950)" (ATLAS) funded by the Research and Knowledge Transfer Office of Alicante University (GRE18-14 A). The project focuses on the study of a corpus of American authors who traveled to Spain in the first half of the twentieth century, especially on those texts that look beyond the vision of Spain related to the experience of the Spanish Civil War.
Submissions invited for the inaugural issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Studies. The Journal is being launched from this year to commemorate the Birth Centenary of legendary English Professor Late P. S. Sastri (Nagpur University). It’ll be published thrice a year and shall cover interdisciplinary research in all forms and genres of literature, art, and culture such as fiction, folklore, film/ theatre, travel writing, popular culture, translation, gender and sexuality studies, ecocriticism, globalization and urban studies, race, ethnicity, subaltern and Dalit studies, and all related areas.
Panel submissions for the East Texas Writing Festival may be creative writing or craft-related essays. Work should be submitted as an attachment on the registration form. Visit www.letu.edu/writingfest for more information on the festival. Guidelines are provided below for each genre:
- Fiction/Nonfiction – Submissions are not to exceed 2500 words in total and should be submitted in a single document.
- Poetry – Submit up to five poems in a single document.
All submissions should include your name and email address located on the first page.
For centuries, the close ties between Britain and Germany have found expression not least on the level of personal travel. Travellers came from Britain to Germany for a host of occasions and with the most diverse aims, expectations, and preconceptions. This conference explores the reports produced about their experiences in German lands by travellers from England, Scotland, and Ireland since the Middle Ages.