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JOURNEYING AND JOURNALLING

KANGAROO ISLAND CONFERENCE

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English (CRNLE), English Dept., Flinders University


Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island
6 – 8 December, 2004


 

The conference theme is JOURNEYING AND JOURNALLING aiming to broadly address the theme of non-fictional writings of travel. Proposals may consider (but should not be limited to):

 

·         Life narratives relating to journeys (whether actual, virtual, psychological or spiritual)

·         Tourism

·         Travel narratives/life narratives as commodities (non-fiction bestsellers; travel guides; TV travel programmes/documentaries; food/cooking life narratives)

·         Cyber travel

·         Time travel (for example, travels within memory; nostalgia)

·         Travel writing and new media; on-line travel narratives (for example, ‘travel blogs’, e-books, interactive travel writing)

·         Travel writing and empire; travel writing and neo-colonialism

·         Colonial and post-colonial letters, diaries, journals; narratives of exploration.

 

This theme has been generated by successfully completed research projects, previously supported by Flinders University, and others currently being undertaken by members of CRNLE. The conference will be convened by Dr Kate Douglas and Dr Giselle Bastin, with assistance from Nena Bierbaum, Dr Syd Harrex and Dr Rick Hosking.

 

Given our experience of organising four highly successful international/national conferences in the past four years (Home and Away 8-10 November, 2000; Encounters 2001, 9-12 December 2001; Diasporas, 8-11 December, 2002; Writing London 8-10 December, 2003), we can confidently predict that our conference will attract approximately 50 participants (or more) including a significant number of post-graduate students from Flinders and elsewhere. The Writing London Conference was inspired by the publication of Lee Kok Liang’s previously unpublished novel London Does Not Belong to Me (Petaling Jaya: Maya Press, 2003, edited by Syd Harrex and Bernard Wilson, with an Introduction by K.S. Maniam, pp. 331).

 

We also plan to referee, select and edit papers for book publication (as is our custom). We anticipate that up to about 20% of the presented papers will be by Flinders staff and higher degree students. Incidentally, the past four conferences have resulted in four books: Alas, for the Pelicans! Flinders, Baudin and Beyond (Adelaide: Wakefield Press, 2002, pp. 221), The Regenerative Spirit Volume 1: Polarities of Home and Away, Encounters and Diasporas, in Post-colonial Literatures  (Adelaide: Lythrum Press, 2004, pp.220), The Regenerative Spirit Volume 2: (Un)settling, (Dis)locations, (Post-)colonial, (Re)Presentations – Australian Post-Colonial Reflections (Adelaide: Lythrum Press, 2004, in press), and one other due for publication in November this year based on the Writing London Conference.

 

WE WELCOME EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST AND A 300-WORD ABSTRACT OF YOUR PROPOSED PAPER BY 15TH AUGUST, 2004.

 

Please send your abstracts by email to Nena Bierbaum

nena.bierbaum@flinders.edu.au

 

Please follow the links for booking accommodation, Sealink ferry and bus bookings, a Kangaroo Island Tour, tourist information and the registration payment form.

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