‘Literary and Visual Landscapes’, a University of Bristol interdisciplinary seminar series, invites proposals for a symposium in April 2018 on the theme of ‘traversing land, sea and sky: travel and the landscape’. This symposium provides a welcoming and stimulating environment for researchers to share their insights and expertise, and opportunities to network with academics within and across disciplinary boundaries.
Keynote speaker: Dr Charlotte Mathieson, University of Surrey, whose research focuses on travel and mobility in nineteenth century literature.
We welcome proposals for 20 minute papers. While we encourage a broad, imaginative and interdisciplinary interpretation of the topic, possible themes include:
- Speeding up: new methods of travel throughout history
- Waterways: oceanic travel, travel on ships or boats, canals or streams
- Sky travel, the history of human flight
- Outer space travel
- Unusual methods of travelling and transport
- The travels of unusual objects
- Travelling and gender
- The changing landscapes of fiction and art
- Imperialism and colonial travel or tourism
- The landscapes of migration or pilgrimage
- Travel writing and/or travel art
- Traversing borders and cross-cultural encounters
- Traversing the wilderness
- Travelling through Anthropocene / climate change and travel
Please send abstracts of 200 words, plus a bio of 50 words, to literarylandscapes1@ by 18 March 2018.