CFP: Travel Texts: New Zealand and the South Pacific (UK) (10/1/07; 6/23/07)

full name / name of organization: 
I Conrich
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Travel Texts:
New Zealand and the South Pacific
Organised by the
Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
and the
Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University
University of London, 23 June 2007
Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers on the subject of New
Zealand travel texts for a conference to be held at the University of
London on Saturday 23 June 2007. Keynote speakers will include
Professor Lydia Wevers (Victoria University of Wellington). This
conference is a collaboration between two unique centres and will
look to extend the research being conducted within both the subject
areas of travel writing and New Zealand studies.
Papers must deal with travel texts, but 'texts' may be broadly
defined to include, among other forms, published books, unpublished
manuscripts and documents, letters, diaries, journals, tourist
publicity, postcards, emails and web blogs. Travel in relation to New
Zealand has frequently incorporated journeys to neighbouring islands
and nations and this conference therefore welcomes submissions that
include the South Pacific in discussions of New Zealand. Topics might
include, but are not limited to, texts relating to the following
aspects of travel in New Zealand and the South Pacific:
Exploration and voyaging
Literary travels
Sporting tours
Travels of New Zealanders abroad
Walking tours
Gap Year records and student exchanges
Travel criticism and theory in relation to New Zealand
Proposals must be sent by 10 January to both Dr Ian Conrich, Director
of the Centre for New Zealand Studies <>, and
Professor Tim Youngs, Director of the Centre for Travel Writing
Studies <>. Abstracts should be 250-300 words and
accompanied by a bio sketch of 100-150 words. A decision on proposals
received will be made by 31 January. Initial enquiries pre-proposal
are welcomed.

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