KONF: European Travel Writing in Context, Mainz (23-24.1.2020)

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European travel writing in context: strategies of negotiating identity in travel writing – a comparative approach

Conference organised as part of the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie project “European Travel Writing in Context. The Socio-Political Dimension of Travelogues 1760-1850” 

Organisers: Sandra Vlasta & Winfried Eckel, Gutenberg-Institut für Weltliteratur und schriftorientierte Medien, Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Venue: Info-Box, Jakob-Welder-Weg, Campus of the Johannes Gutenberg University-Mainz



Thursday, January 23, 2020

[10-12am workshop for students on hearing and sound in travel writing with Tim Youngs, venue: Info-Box]

12am lunch at the Baron (restaurant on campus, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 3, close to conference venue Info-Box); all speakers welcome


1.30pm – 3.30pm

welcome and introduction Sandra Vlasta & Winfried Eckel 

Romantic travel writing

Nikol Dziub (Mulhouse): Women Travellers in Germany: a Search for Identity through Gender

Anja Burghardt (Munich): Shaping a speaker? Voices in Polish romantic travel writing

Arne Mrotzek (Mainz):»…vom Schwindel ergriffen«. Bamboozling negotiations of identity, nature and philistines in Heinrich Heine’s ‘Harzreise’


3.30pm – 4.00pm coffee break


4.00pm – 5.00pm

Travel writing: translation and intertextuality

Alison Martin (Mainz): Renegotiating Identity: Translating Travel Writing in 18th- and 19th-Century Europe

Sandra Vlasta (Mainz): Intertextuality in Travel Writing – Negotiating Identity through Textual Relations


7pm Reading with Jochen Schmidt at the bookshop Cardabela,Frauenlobstr. 40, 55118 Mainz


Friday, January 24, 2020


Welcome address Nicole Birkle (EU office/Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)


9.45am – 11.15am 

Postcolonial identities and alternative others

Jean-Xavier Ridon (Nottingham): Between otherness and identity: Francophone travel narrative itineraries

Winfried Eckel (Mainz): Negotiating identity in Aimé Césaire‘s “Cahier d'un retour au pays natal" 

Martina Kopf (Mainz): “Nothing was created in the West Indies”. V.S. Naipaul’s travelogue The Middle Passage


11.15am – 11.45am coffee break


11.45am – 12.45am 

Travel writing and identity in an intermedial perspective

Birgit Englert (Vienna)European travel writing on Africa in the 21st century: focus on the relation between text and the visual in different media formats

Anna Sennefelder (Freiburg): Walking, self-discovery and mediality. Two exemplary analyses of contemporary walking tours 


12.45am – 1.30pm Outlook 

Tim Youngs (Nottingham):Closing remarks


1.30pm lunch 


3.00pm excursion to the Gutenberg Museum (in Mainz)


For more information see: https://travelwriting.uni-mainz.de/final-conference/ 



Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Mark-Georg Dehrmann] betreut – editorial-germanistik@mail.h-net.msu.edu