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 10, 2016



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


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: