Professor Wojciech Owczarski – University of Gdańsk, Poland
Marta Maciejewska, PhD - University of Gdańsk, Poland
Experiencing one’s life as a perpetual change rather than something constant has become more and more frequent in the contemporary world. Travelling has gained new dimensions – it is no longer associated merely with tourism, but it often turns out to be a way of life or even a figure of human condition. The homo viator of our times intentionally moves from country to country, rents apartments and does not posses one, changes his or her occupations and work places, meets still new people and is generally well trained in being flexible, mobile, and open to metamorphoses. Travelling, in its both literal and metaphorical meaning, has much to do with transmission and transgression as it enables crossing the geographical, physical, cultural, social, and psychological borders. During our conference, we would like to discuss all these – and many other – aspects of travelling and transgressive experiences.
We want to describe those phenomena in their multifarious aspects: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how they appear in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre, or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines, such as anthropology, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, gender studies, and postcolonial studies.
Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.
We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the beginning of their careers as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.
We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of travelling, transmission, and transgression in the past and in the present-day world.
Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:
I. Individual experiences
Travelling as a distraction
Travelling and tourism
Travelling as a way of life
Living in between
Travelling and cognition
Travelling and education
Travelling and spiritual growth
Travelling and family life
II. Collective experiences
Travelling and multiculturalism
Transmission of cultural values
Travelling and tolerance
Travelling and xenophobia
Transgressive identity of societies
Travelling and migration
Travelling and economy
Travelling and job market
III. Pandemic experiences
Travelling in the time of COVID-19
Transmission of the virus
IV. Past experiences
History of travelling and tourism
Travelling and geographical discoveries
Travelling and colonialism
Travelling and time
V. Artistic experiences
Travel as a literary motif
Travelling in Bildungsroman
Travelling in the media
Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 5 June 2021 to: firstname.lastname@example.org