Scholarship drawing on theories of post-colonialism, gender, material and visual culture, cognitive studies, posthumanism, and other critical paradigms has challenged our understanding of the impact—not just aesthetic, but also commercial, martial, and religious—of travel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This work has made strides in elucidating a more dynamic picture of the way travel and cultural encounter could transform (or fail to transform) prior understandings of both time and space. Moreover, it has allowed for a more capacious appreciation of how influence happens, extending beyond more uni-directional, Eurocentric approaches.
Continuing this work, the University of Michigan’s Eighteenth-Century Studies Group and Nineteenth-Century Forum will co-host an interdisciplinary graduate student conference on these topics, to take place in Ann Arbor on September 15, 2012. We are pleased to announce that Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History (University of Southern California), will be our keynote speaker.
Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers that explore the implications of travel, tourism, boundary crossing, exploration, and other related topics—from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. Submissions of either individual papers or full panels are welcome. Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Karen McConnell (email@example.com) by May 1, 2012.
Suggested paper topics include (but are not limited to):
- mass tourism
- travel and commercial enterprise
- travel and photography
- documenting travel/travel as documentation
- Roma, Sinti, and other itinerant communities
- travel and war
- imaginative or mental journeys
- travel and empire
- exploration, conquest, contact
- depictions in the visual arts (e.g., the natural world, native/foreign peoples, aesthetic judgment)
- travel’s effect on genre
- consequences for epistemology (e.g., scientific, spiritual, ethnographic)