Second Call for Papers

Second Call for Papers

Borders and Crossings:

An International and Multidisciplinary

Conference on Travel Writing

September 12-14, 2016

Hosted by the Jan Kochanowski University’s Department of Modern Languages (Kielce, Poland)

Conference language: English

Conference website:

Deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2016

Notification of acceptance: May 5, 2016


We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the Borders and Crossings Conference.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

Prof. Ludmilla Kostova, University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Dr. Benjamin Colbert, University of Wolverhampton, UK

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.

Paper proposals from any time period or geographic context are warmly welcome as are proposals from established scholars, early career researchers, graduate students and independent scholars.

Topics may include, but are not limited to

  • Representations of travel through Poland and Central/Eastern Europe
  • Travel writing and autobiography
  • Travel writing and intertextuality
  • Travel writing in translation
  • Travel writing and women
  • Representations of travel and the new media
  • Travel illustration and multimedia
  • Narratives of pilgrimage
  • New directions in travel writing research
  • Teaching travel writing
  • Writing travel and/in minoritised languages
  • Travel and ecology
  • Borders and checkpoints

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

Magdalena Ożarska:


Agnieszka Szwach:


Following peer review, selected papers will be published in our open-access Anglosphere: A Journal of Literature and Culture (to be launched in early 2017).


The conference fee of PLN 430 or Euro 100 (payable by May 20) will cover two dinners, three lunches, refreshments, conference materials and a tour of the Kielce region.