ACLA 2021 Virtual Conference: The Ends of Travel

deadline for submissions: 
October 31, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Kyle Richert Kamaiopili, Utah Valley University, and Seohyon Jung, Seoul National University
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This panel examines travel and emplacement in response to crises. Interruptions to normative modes of travel in the ongoing wake of COVID-19 reveal fault-lines in the ways such norms are understood--how travel bans and exclusionary rhetoric extend national borders inward and outward, from the targeting of racialized international students, to the upheaval of the global passport rankings, to travel advisories crossing settler-state and tribal boundaries. Recent approaches to travel writing, mobility, and place studies have emphasized dwelling, emplacement, and urban exploration as a way of engaging with the seeming shifts in discussion towards travel within rather than across space. Our panel examines shifts towards struggles of place and interior mobility, and asks: what are/is the end(s) of travel? What happens to travel writing and literature about mobility when tourism “ends”? How are senses of place and modes of dwelling mediated though travel, or the lack thereof?

Papers that undergo interdisciplinary explorations of mobility, citizenship, and emplacement across period and region are especially welcome. We encourage readings of historical and literary examples of forced, suspended, vertical, or forbidden travels that continue to shape colonial nationalisms and racial segregation, and seek conversations that challenge assumptions about what the globalized economy offers.

Submit an abstract (max 350 words) and bio (max 150 words) to the ACLA portal at (make sure to select "The Ends of Travel" from the drop-down menu) by OCTOBER 31, 2020. 


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