Society for American Travel Writing at ALA 2015 (May 21-24 in Boston, MA) 15 December 2014 Submission Deadline

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The Society for American Travel Writing will host two sessions at the American Literature Association's 26th Annual Conference, 21-24 May 2015 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, MA.

Panel 1: Where I Went, What I Ate: Travel Writing and Food

From features on local and global cuisine in magazines like Food & Wine and Saveur to travel-based cookbooks, food-based guidebooks, and personal blogs peppered with photos of last night's dinner, our media is saturated with accounts of where people went and what they ate. In documenting their gastronomical experiences through writing and photography, travelers provide windows into the history and culture of place. The Society for American Travel Writing invites proposals for papers exploring the relationship between travel writing and food. Possible questions include: How do hunger and the pursuit of culinary delights shape the course or means of travel? What are the ethical considerations surrounding, for instance, food exposés, published recipes and culinary appropriation, and hunting or foraging on public lands? Where are the lines between exploitation and celebration when it comes to showcasing regional or ethnic food culture? In what respects does travel writing fuel or undermine sustainable food initiatives? How does culinary travel writing dissolve or reinforce social, class, and geographic boundaries?

Please email a brief CV and 300 word abstract by 15 December 2014 to Melanie Scriptunas ( using "SATW Travel and Food" as the subject line. Scholars of American travel writing and practicing travel writers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Panel 2: Roundtable: Teaching the American Travel Narrative

We are looking for presentations of about 10 minutes for a round-table discussion of "Teaching the American Travel Narrative." Share your experiences. Some questions you might consider include: What are the pedagogical, logistic, and/or institutional challenges to teaching a course on travel? How does the genre ask for innovative teaching methods or learning experiences? How do you define or outline your course? By theme, period, nationality, chronology? What methodologies or theories support your course? Which narratives make for good study? Why? What alternate media do you use in teaching travel narratives? What aesthetic, ethical, political issues pop up in travel narratives? How do you and your students confront them? What are your course objectives and how does the study of travel writing meet them? Does your class study narrative in order to produce academic texts or personal travel narratives or both? How do you teach to the assignments? Are there particular "moments"—teachable moments—that stand out?

Please email a brief CV and 300-word abstract by 15 December 2014 to Susan Roberson ( using "SATW Teaching Travel" as the subject line.

For further information, please consult the ALA website at or contact the conference director, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at with specific questions.