Global Railway Cultures: Train Travel in Fiction, Film, Music and Visual Art

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Benjamin Fraser, ECU and Steven Spalding, USNA
contact email: 

The editors of Global Railway Cultures: Train Travel in Fiction, Film, Music and Visual Art (Benjamin Fraser, East Carolina Univ. and Steven Spalding, United States Naval Academy) seek chapters on train travel as it appears in cultural production (literature, film, graphic novels, popular music, visual art, digital media...) from across the globe. Authors may employ any number of literary, cultural, historical, geographical, anthropological, sociological or psychological approaches. Although titles, abstracts, and chapters should be written in English, we seek global coverage and invite contributors to focus on any linguistic, cultural, or (inter)national context. In particular we are interested in transnational discussions of train travel - trains crossing (national) borders, train passengers of diverse (national) identities, collaboration from multiple (national) areas in production of a single cultural product, etc. - although this is not a requirement.

At this time: we are currently seeking to fill out the volume with selected chapters emphasizing Africa, India/South Asia – Latin America – Russia/Eastern Europe – China – and/or Scandinavia.

Chapters included in the book will be ~7,000-8,000 words, including notes and references. Please send an abstract of ~150-200 words to fraserb2010@gmail.com by 31 Dec. 2016. Full essays due by 30 April 2017.