The Midwest Modern Language Association’s Permanent Session of Travel Writing / Writing Travel is soliciting proposals for 20-minute papers. The conference this year is 9-12 November in gorgeous Cincinnati, Ohio.


This year’s conference theme – “Artists & Activists” – provides rich opportunity to explore the shared concerns (and complications) of travel, art, and activism. Papers on any aspect of this topic from any time period are welcome, including but not limited to the following ideas:


  • the politics of travel and travel writing
  • the politicized subjectivity of the traveller / writer
  • travel as activism
  • the ways in which travel writing affirms or denies its own politics
  • travel writing as manifesto

Of especial interest are papers that create space for dialogue across disciplines or genres.


Please send proposals of 500 words by 5 April, 2017 to Erika Behrisch Elce:


The Panel has always had strong representation in the nineteenth century, and I am keen to continue the tradition.


 If Travel Writing isn’t where you’re headed, there is also a robust nineteenth-century group that meets at the MMLA every year: English Literature II (1800-1900).


I look forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,



Erika Behrisch Elce, PhD


Dept of English | Département des études anglaises

Doyenne adjointe des arts (programme) | Associate Dean of Arts (programme)

Collège militaire royal du Canada | Royal Military College of Canada


613.541.6000 x 6070


Corédactrice | Coeditor, JMMLA


Le Collège militaire royal du Canada est situé sur le territoire traditionnel des peuples anishinabé et haudenosaunee.

The Royal Military College of Canada is located on the traditional land of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe Peoples.