PAMLA 2019- Travel and Literature session: 20th and 21st century travel writing

deadline for submissions: 
June 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association
contact email: 

The travel and literature session welcomes proposals focused on travel, odyssey and mobility through a literary lens, with a special interest in 20th- 21st century travel writing.

We are particularly interested in papers that take into consideration travel writing by authors better known for other forms of writing (novelists, poets, philosophers, essayists) and for whom travel, and travel writing, serve as a means to veer from their habitual modes of writing and allow them to experiment with another form (Baudrillard’s Cool memories, Barthes’ Empire of signs, Leiris’ Phantom Africa are examples of travel narratives of interest).

Topics may include:

  • Theories of travel and travel writing
  • The poetics of travel
  • Travel writing and the self/other
  • Travel writing and ecocriticism
  • Travel journalism, guidebooks and digital media
  • Travel writing and anthropology

Please submit a 300 word abstract and a short bio directly on the PAMLA webiste at by June 10th, 2019. You can also contact Cécile Ruel ( Access the conference website at

PAMLA’s 117thannual conference will be held in San Diego, CA from Thursday, November 14 until Sunday, November 17, at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside hotel.