Borders and Crossings is an interdisciplinary conference on travel and travel writing, which will take place at the University of Leicester, 4–6 July 2019.
Narratives of journeys, border crossings, and encounters with difference have existed since the earliest emergence of literary culture – from the Gilgamesh epic, through the accounts of Chinese Buddhist pilgrims in the first millennium CE, the narratives of medieval Muslim travellers in Asia, to tales of exploration and travel in the era of European colonialism, and the emergence of postcolonial, cosmopolitan and postmodern travel writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. The study of travel writing allows for a vast diversity of approaches and angles, taking in both the deep past, and the pressing contemporary issues of movement, (im)mobility, borders and their crossings.
Borders and Crossings 2019 is part of a long-running series of international travel writing studies conferences. This year, the event is organised by M4C students, and will be particularly welcoming to PGRs from within the M4C research community and beyond. The aim is to attract researchers from the broadest possible range of disciplines. Creative and critical-creative contributions are particularly encouraged. A separate call for creative works/performances to form a showcase within the conference programme will be forwarded to M4C students shortly, but submissions for creative contributions are also welcomed via the main call for papers, which is available here: https://bordersandcrossings2019.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/