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In recent years, Arabic, Iranian and Ottoman travel literature has gained increasing interest among historians of the Middle East. Travelogues lend themselves to several interpretations. One important topic has been their role in highlighting and shaping political, diplomatic and economic constellations. Another notable research agenda concerns perceptions and constructions of alterity and their relation with socio-cultural and political transformations at home. Against the background of the globalisation, acceleration and intensification of travel in the 19th century, special attention has been paid to the impact that modern means of transport had on the routes taken, on cosmopolitan encounters and perceptions of space and time.
This workshop will analyse travel literature (travelogues and guidebooks) from the 16th to the 20th centuries concerning the practices, patterns and significations of travel. In shifting the focus to routine and mundane aspects of travelling, it will serve to place travel narratives in a relational framework combining basic questions of infrastructure and transportation with the movements and pathways of individual travellers.
The language of the symposium is English.
Please submit an abstract via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org of no more than 300 words along with a brief academic CV. Abstracts should include a research question and information about primary sources, methods and expected/preliminary findings. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.
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Deadline for submissions: 31 December 2019
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