The University of Melbourne, 18-20 July 2012

Abstracts deadlines: 30 April 2012

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor, New York University

Professor Renato Rosaldo, Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences, New York University

Professor Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool

Professor Tim Youngs, Professor of English & Travel Studies, Nottingham Trent University

Travel is an ideal for many, with more and more members of affluent societies using travel to broaden their education while attempting to realize their true potential in a place and a culture where the burdens of class, gender, sexuality, history, politics, religion and language can be renegotiated. Many questions can be raised about ‘the ideal’ of travel, such the imperative to prioritize ‘setting out’ and movement, and possession of the traveling experience by means such as photography, or the blog entry.

Mary Louise Pratt’s seminal work on travel narratives Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (1992, 2007) provides a framework for analyzing the “appropriating gaze” of colonial territoriality, but is also relevant to contemporary travel in developing regions, as well as various other contexts.

We invite papers (and panels) that focus on either the trajectory or the destination or encompass both, and which will contribute to an overall program that demonstrates the pluralism of ideals in travel writing, cultural tourism and mobility studies. We welcome proposals from various disciplines including anthropology, area studies, cinema studies, creative writing, cultural studies, geography, historical studies, language and literature studies, media and communications, migration and mobility studies, philosophy, postcolonial studies, sociology, tourism, and travel writing and other relevant areas, as well as interdisciplinary approaches.

Postgraduate students are most welcome to submit proposals for papers and panels in the program and there will be activities and sessions designed to address specific research issues for postgraduate students during the conference.

Please visit the conference website for more details:

This conference is organized by the Travel Research Network for Travel Writing, Cultural Tourism and Mobility Studies at the University of Melbourne.

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words including Paper/Panel title, Institutional Affiliation and Contact Details before 30 April 2012 to Josiane Smith (Research Associate):

Josiane Smith
Research Assistant
Trave Ideals: Engaging with Spaces of Mobility
The University of Melbourne
18-20 July 2012