We seek a paper on the topic of women’s travel writing, especially to the French Caribbean. We are looking for a panelist to join us for a panel on Health and Environment in Women’s Travel Writing of the Caribbean to be proposed for the 2020 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders, and Sexualities. It will be held May 21-23, 2020 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme for the conference is “Gendered Environments.” This panel will explore the writings of numerous women travelers who posited travel to the Caribbean as that which offered healthy respite and curative qualities for North American and European minds and bodies. The first paper explores these themes in unpublished women’s travel writings across the British and Spanish Caribbean during the first half of the 19th century, while the second paper considers women writers at the turn of the 20th century who traveled to the British Caribbean. In an effort to create a pan-Caribbean panel, we seek a paper that engages the intersections of women’s travels, the environment, race, and gender in the study of the French or Dutch Caribbean. While our papers generally take up elite white women’s leisure travel in colonial and imperial spaces, we are also interested in problematizing that category, particularly through privileging the experiences of women of color on the margins of traditional narratives of travel.
Please submit a brief abstract (no more than 250 words) along with a 1 page CV to Rikki Bettinger (email@example.com) no later than February 11.
Rikki Bettinger, University of Houston