CFP: Borders and Crossings Conference, 13-16 September 2018, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia.

2018 will mark the 20th anniversary of the inaugural Borders and Crossings conference held in Derry in 1998.

Subsequent symposia have been held in the following locations:

Brest, 2000

Versailles, 2002

Ankara, 2003

Birmingham, 2004

Palermo, 2006

Nuoro, Sardinia, 2007

Melbourne, 2008

Birmingham, 2012

Liverpool, 2013

Veliko Tarnovo, 2014

Belfast, 2015

Kielce, 2016

Aberystwyth, 2017

I’m delighted to see the Call for Papers for the 2018 conference in Pula, Croatia.

Borders and Crossings Conference, 13-16 September 2018, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia.

Conference language: English (with the possibility of panel sessions in Croatian, Italian and German)

Deadline of abstracts: February 20th, 2018

Notification of acceptance: March 10th, 2018

This is our invitation to scholars with an interest in the study of travel, travel writing and tourism, to the 2018 edition of the Borders and Crossings Conference series. The conference will be held in Pula, a city with ancient origins: a town of fugitives, the mythical refuge of the Argonauts, which has been for centuries a perfect stopping point for boats sailing along the eastern coast of the Adriatic from Venice and Trieste to Dalmatia and the Levant. Its great abundance of monuments and the beauty of its bays have often been described in European travel books. Join us and explore one of the most interesting historic cities in Europe and its turbulent history, as well as the nearby Brijuni Islands, a national park and one of the first modern tourist destinations on the Adriatic.

Proposals for 20-minute papers and for panels of 3 speakers are sought from scholars working in all areas of travel and tourism studies, including literary studies, history, geography, art history, translation studies, anthropology, history and media studies. This event is also open to the creative arts, and we are actively seeking expressions of interest from artists, working in any medium, who would like to actively participate in this conference. Paper proposals from any time period or geographic context are warmly welcome, as are proposals by established scholars, early career researchers, graduate students and independent scholars.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transnational mobility through time and space: trade, pilgrimage, tourism, migrations
  • The origins of tourism and travel culture(s)
  • The Mediterranean as a space of intensive cultural encounters and exchange
  • Development of modern tourist destinations – comparative and transnational perspectives
  • European travellers in Istria and Dalmatia
  • Imperial Eyes – the traveller and the travellee in postcolonial travel writing
  • Travel and/in translation
  • Travels between East and West: crossing borders
  • Travelling in the age of wars and revolutions
  • The city in literature
  • Travel writing and the creation of national and transnational identities
  • Trailing famous travellers: itineraries and cultural routes
  • Travel journalism and multimedia
  • Teaching travel and tourism studies: intercultural competences
  • Travel, travel writing and/in minority languages
  • Travel and environment

Please send proposals of approximately 250 words for a single paper or up to 500 words for a panel proposal, complete with a short bio note and your academic affiliation to Nataša Urošević (bordersandcrossings@gmail.com), before February 20th 2018.

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

Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture

Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture
MARCH 21st-22nd 2018
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY, BIRMINGHAM
Birmingham City University and The University of West Indies are delighted to announce a forthcoming international conference on reggae culture and sound system innovation, and give notice of a forthcoming call for conference papers. Information on submission processes will be published in December. The conference will be hosted in The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at BCU, with its world-leading concert venues and conference facilities. The conference will also allow you entry to a number of planned reggae events and performances.

Running alongside the Arts Council-funded Let’s Play Vinyl sound system touring exhibition, hosted by Birmingham City University, the conference will engage academics with the wider sound system culture. The exhibition features specially commissioned photographs of a new generation of sound system operators, toasting and ‘build your own’ system workshops, and the opportunity for all ages to play records on a traditional reggae sound system, designed and built for the exhibition.

The Reggae Innovation and Sound System Culture International Conference builds upon recent meetings of the Reggae Research Network (held throughout the UK in 2017), the Bass Culture Research Project and associated events, and the forthcoming Strictly Vinyl Sound System Outernational #4 in January at Goldsmiths, University of London, which aims to establish new approaches to reggae culture research.

This Reggae Innovation conference promises to be a landmark event in reggae culture research, highlighting the music’s subgenres, crossovers, mashups, intersections, and innovations, featuring international academic guests and musicians. The conference will discuss reggae innovation, in particular theoretical and practical expressions of how innovation plays out through music and popular culture.

Collectively, these events mark the first stage of a series of research and external engagement activities to investigate music diversity, cultural innovation, and visualisation. Like this conference, forthcoming events will place the spotlight on music heritage and innovation through a series of workshops and plenary sessions on visual culture, technology, and new collaborations.

We would particularly welcome proposed papers that address the following conference sub-themes:

·      Innovation through heritage, from mento to dancehall .

·      Innovation for heritage beyond dancehall.

·      Reggae musicians and innovation case studies.

·      Reggae, music, and gender.

·      Reggae and the music industry; new forms, new marketing, new audiences.

·      Jamaica and diasporic sonicities.

·       Reggae new music, new media, new technologies.

·      Exploring reggae’s inner and outer spaces and locations.

·      Reggae in and out of popular music studies.

·      Creativity: from theory to practice; methods and processes.

·      Reggae in transition: reinventing reggae- reconfigurations, collaborations, and crossovers.

·      Reggae futures.

We would also welcome presentations made through innovative uses of media, music and technology alongside traditional formats. Presentation proposals from musicians are welcome.

Abstracts for individual or panel presentations of no more than 300 words per presentation, supported by a short biography no longer than 75 words per speaker, should be submitted to the conference organisers for international peer review. Details of the submission processes and deadlines will be published later in December.