Tate Liverpool event: ‘Keywords in Travel’, with writer and journalist Ian Thomson, 8 May 2014

Liverpool Travel Seminar and Tate Liverpool

Date: Thursday 8 May 2014

Time: 18:00 to 20:30

Venue: Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Waterfront

Registration: www.liverpooltravelseminar.eventbrite.co.uk

‘Keywords in Travel’, with writer and journalist Ian Thomson

This public event explores the subject of keywords, the topic of a current exhibition at Tate Liverpool, in the specific context of travel.

The evening will begin with a talk by Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool, on ‘travel’ as a keyword, and will be followed by discussion and readings by acclaimed writer and journalist Ian Thomson, author of two Caribbean travel narratives, The Dead Yard and Bonjour Blanc, and also Primo Levi: A Biography. Taking ‘home’ as his keyword for exploring ideas of travel and movement, Ian will consider the idea that travel writing is as much about home as it is abroad. His readings will include material from a forthcoming book.

Admission to this event is free, but registration is required. Doors will open at 18:00 and the event will begin promptly at 18:30.

To book a ticket please go to: www.liverpooltravelseminar.eventbrite.co.uk

If you have any questions about this event please contact Dr. Zoe Kinsley: kinslez@hope.ac.uk

The Liverpool Travel Seminar is a collaborative and interdisciplinary forum set up in 2007 by the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University. The forum is led jointly by Professor Charles Forsdick at the University of Liverpool, Dr Zoe Kinsley at Liverpool Hope University, and Dr Kate Walchester at Liverpool John Moores University.

Since 2007 the Seminars, hosted by the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University, have explored the cross-disciplinary impact of travel studies, offering perspectives from colleagues active in many fields, including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, English Literature, Human Geography, Modern Languages and Semiology.

The Seminar provides a cross- and inter-disciplinary research infrastructure, permitting cross-institutional dialogue and research collaboration in Liverpool itself. At the same time, it aims to expand national and international networks of scholars working on travel and associated fields. The Seminar offers a constructive environment in which colleagues from Liverpool’s universities, museums, and other cultural organizations, who have interests in travel and travel writing, together with invited scholars from elsewhere, discuss the latest developments in their fields whilst reflecting on possible future directions. The 2014 event is a public one, and reflects our commitment to exploring the wider interest beyond academia in travel writing as a literary form.

Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses: An international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing

Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses: An international and multidisciplinary conference on travel writing (University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria: 11-13 September 2014)

Extended Deadline for abstract submissions:  1 May 2014

Organised by Department of English and American Studies, University of Veliko Turnovo and the Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton (UK).

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the thirteenth Borders and Crossings conference from 11-13 September 2014.  Proposals for 20 minute papers and for full panels are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel writing, including literary studies, book history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies. Current travel writers are also very welcome and there will be space for readings.

Papers on all aspects and periods of travel writing are welcome, and areas of enquiry might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Representations of travel through South East Europe

Travel and translation/interpretation

Globalization, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism

Travel writing and ethics

Representations of travel and the new media

Travel illustration and multimedia

Narratives of pilgrimage

Travel writing and autobiography

Travel writing and science

Travel writing and intertextuality

The conference languages are English and French. Please indicate in which language you’d like to deliver your paper.

Please send a 250-word abstract by email to: ludmillak3@gmail.com; B.Colbert@wlv.ac.uk; and G.Hambrook@wlv.ac.uk. Please include a note of your institutional affiliation and your preferred e-mail address.

Information about accommodation costs and the conference fee will be e-mailed to all potential participants in April. Postgraduate students and unsalaried participants will pay reduced fees.