Borders and Crossings/Seuils et Traverses: An International and Multidisciplinary Conference on Travel Writing

University of Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria, 11-13 September 2014

Organised by:

  • Department of English and American Studies, University of Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria)
  • Centre for Transnational and Transcultural Research, University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Extended deadline for abstract submissions:  1 May 2014

We invite all with an interest in the study of travel writing to the thirteenth Borders and Crossings conference from 11-13 September 2014.  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. Current travel writers are also very welcome and there will be space for readings.

Papers on all aspects and periods of travel writing are welcome, and areas of enquiry might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Representations of travel through South East Europe
  • Travel and translation/interpretation
  • Globalization, cosmopolitanism, and transnationalism
  • Travel writing and ethics
  • Representations of travel and the new media
  • Travel illustration and multimedia
  • Narratives of pilgrimage
  • Travel writing and autobiography
  • Travel writing and science
  • Travel writing and intertextuality

The conference languages are English and French. Please indicate in which language you’d like to deliver your paper.

Please send a 250-word abstract by email to:;; and Please include a note of your institutional affiliation and your preferred e-mail address.

Information about accommodation costs and the conference fee will be e-mailed to all potential participants in April. Postgraduate students and unsalaried participants will pay reduced fees.