fullsizerender - copyWelcome to the website of the 2019 Borders and Crossings conference.

This year the regular meeting of scholars from all disciplines interested in questions of travel and travel writing will be held at the University of Leicester, UK, supported by Midlands4Cities, with further support from the University of Leicester School of Arts, and organised by M4C-funded postgraduate researchers.

The conference runs from 4–6 July 2019, and will feature keynotes from Professor Graham Huggan and Dr Churnjeet Mahn, and a special event with acclaimed travel writer Rory MacLean, which will be open to all. There will also be a number of special training sessions and workshops, and other creative events built into the programme – more news soon. 

Narratives of journeys, border crossings, and encounters with difference have existed since the earliest beginnings of literary culture – from the Gilgamesh epic, through the accounts of Chinese Buddhist pilgrims in the first millennium CE and the narratives of medieval Muslim travellers in Asia, to tales of exploration and travel in the era of European colonialism, and the emergence of postcolonial, cosmopolitan and postmodern travel writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. The study of travel writing allows for a vast diversity of approaches and angles, taking in both the deep past, and the pressing contemporary issues of movement, (im)mobility, borders and their crossings.

Borders and Crossings 2019 aims to attract researchers from the broadest possible range of disciplines. Creative and critical-creative contributions are particularly encouraged.

For more information, please contact borderscrossings2019@gmail.com