Keynote Speakers:

Prof. Justin Edwards (University of Surrey)

Dr. Carl Thompson (Nottingham Trent University)

Professor Margaret Topping (Queen’s University Belfast)

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the twelfth Borders and Crossings conference. Proposals for 20-minute papers or for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies. Papers on all aspects and periods of travel writing are welcome, and areas of enquiry might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Travel and translation

Travel, slavery and abolition

Travel writing and science

Contemporary issues in travel writing

Dark tourism and its narratives

Missionary writings

Travel to particular nations/regions

Narratives of pilgrimage

Travel writing and autobiography

Travel writing and intertextuality

Proposal submissions:

Individual papers:

Please send a 300-word proposal by email, including a title, a note of your institutional affiliation and any expected audio-visual needs.


The submission of proposals for pre-formed panels is welcomed. Please provide:

· Panel title

· Brief description of the proposed panel

· Name, institutional affiliation, and contact details of the proposed panel chairperson

· Name, institutional affiliation, and email address of each speaker

· Title and abstract for each paper, along with any expected audio-visual needs

The conference languages are English and French – please indicate which language you wish to deliver your paper in. There will be a number of postgraduate bursaries available to cover part of the cost of the conference – please let us know if you would like to be considered for a bursary.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 15th February 2013. Proposals and enquiries should be sent to Dr. Zoe Kinsley: [email protected]