Society for the Study of American Travel Writing

deadline for submissions: 
December 15, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Susan Roberson
contact email: 

“I just flew in from Miami Beach, and, boy, are my arms tired.”


The Society for the Study of American Travel Writing and the American Humor Studies Association seek abstracts for a collaborative session on “Humor and Travel” for the American Literature Association annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, May 25-28, 2017.


We welcome papers focusing on individual authors/travelers from any time period as well as conceptual or theoretical discussions that consider the intersections between travel experiences and expressions of humor.  

Proposals might consider the following questions:

How does humor serve to define the inevitable incongruities of travel experiences?

How do the often destabilizing effects of travel elicit humor as a response? 

How are travel or tourism targets of humor? 

What are the rhetorical effects of humor on telling the travel story? 



Please email a brief CV and 300-word abstract (and please indicate any audio/visual needs) by 15 December 2016 to Jeffrey Melton ( or Susan Roberson ( using “Humor and Travel” as the subject line.  Scholars of American humor, American travel writing and practicing travel writers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.