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>From: "Shaswati Mazumdar" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Rites of Passage: Exploring Changes in the Travel 
>Motif (2/15/06; 3/2/06-3/4/06)
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>Department of Germanic & Romance Studies
>University of Delhi, Delhi - 110007
>Tel: 27666426, 27667725 Ext.1296
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>E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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>CALL FOR PAPERS
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>SEMINAR:
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>Rites of Passage: Exploring changes in the travel motif
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>2-4 March 2006
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>Though travel has always been a recurring theme in writing, it emerged =
>as a significant motif in the 18th and 19th centuries, not only in =
>literature but also in philosophical and political discourse. This was a =
>reflection of the large-scale migration of people unleashed by the =
>process of industrialisation and colonisation as also of the beginnings =
>of travel as tourism for the leisured classes.=20
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>The transformation of the world over the last two centuries has =
>witnessed the 'massification' of travel, both as mass tourism and in the =
>explosive increase in migration. Both these forms of 'massification' =
>have seen unprecedented expansion with the onset of the postcolonial era =
>and particularly in the contemporary times of globalisation. This =
>expansion has been driven particularly by modern technologies of travel =
>and the media, but more generally by the social, economic and political =
>conditions that emerged in the last century and then in the postcolonial =
>world. While this process has included a redefining of borders, it has =
>also sedimented the divides that existed between and within societies, =
>albeit in new ways. The temporary escape or displacement of the =
>traveller as tourist and the more permanent escape or displacement of =
>the traveller as migrant reflect and are linked by these divides.=20
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>Travel as a motif has been deployed in a variety of modes: as real, =
>imaginary and virtual travel, as time travel and as travel in =
>hyperreality. But it has always also been concerned, in one way or =
>another, with constructing notions of the Self and the Other, or of =
>utopian and dystopian worlds. In what ways have these notions changed? =
>And how are they reflected in the motif of travel?
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>The seminar will bring together scholars from different disciplines to =
>reflect upon the changes in the motif of travel and explore the artistic =
>forms with which writers and other artists have sought to engage with =
>them.=20
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>[Submission of abstracts (200-300 words): 15 February 2006]=20
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>Additional Information:
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>Each paper will be allotted 20-30 minutes for presentation. Given the =
>shortage of resources, the Department is unable to offer travel fare. =
>However, local hospitality will be provided in the University Guest =
>House for outstation participants. A selection of papers of the seminar =
>will be published

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