Magazines on the Move: North American Periodicals and Travel (Deadline Ext.)

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Call for Papers
July 28, 2017
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Area Studies, African American History / Studies, Colonial America, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Journalism and Media Studies

A one-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus in collaboration with the Network for American Periodical Studies.

N.B. New Event Date: Friday, 22 September 2017

Deadline for Abstracts Extended: 28 July 2017
Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)

Organisers: Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University); Dr Rebecca Butler (Nottingham Trent University); Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University); Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University).

Confirmed speakers include Dr Claire Lindsay (UCL) and  Dr Rachel Farebrother (Swansea University).
This day-seminar will focus on the relationship between North American travel writing and the periodical format. Its primary purpose is to facilitate historical and critical discussion of narratives of travel in North American periodicals.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that examine accounts of travel to, within, or from North America, published in North American periodicals. We also welcome papers on periodicals and travel of Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Topics to be examined in considering the interplay between the travel experience, the written and/or visual record of travel, and the periodical publication of the travel record, may include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial considerations
  • Editorial policy and interventions
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Periodical context and design
  • Purpose of travel
  • ‘Race’
  • Readership
  • Solo or group travel
  • Technologies of transport/mode of travel
  • Tourism
  • Visual representations

We welcome papers from scholars at any career stage and strongly encourage postgraduates to submit a proposal (c. 200 words) for consideration to

With grateful thanks to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) for financial support, we are able to offer a limited number of travel bursaries and fee waivers for postgraduate students to attend. Priority will be given to those offering papers. Please state at the end of your proposal if you are a postgraduate wishing to apply for help towards costs.

Contact Info: 

Dr Rebecca Butler, Research Assistant in Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

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