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Call for Papers: Women and the Politics of Travel (GSA 2011, Sept.22-25)

 
For a long time, women who decided to travel and write about it committed a
political act simply by doing so. The writings these women then produced
often are written from a political stance, commenting on the politics of the
native country from which they are ³escaping² or on the country they visit.
Their writings or travels may have been appropriated for others¹ political
purposes. This panel seeks to address the ways in which German-speaking
women travelers become involved in various political discourses in and
through their writings throughout history. Possible paper topics may include
but are not limited to:
 
€ Women finding a political voice through their travels and writing about
them
€ Intended and unintended connections between women¹s travel writing and
political discourses such as colonialism, racism, globalization, etc.
€ The (changing) political role of women travel writers
€ Women¹s travel writing as political propaganda
€ The appropriation of women¹s travel writings for political purposes by
others 
€ Specific conditions/limitations on women¹s travel and travel
writings through political circumstances
€ Gender-specific connections between the political and the personal in
travel writings by and about women 
 
Please send abstracts of 200 words to both Beth Muellner (bmuellner
@wooster.edu) and Nicole Grewling ([log in to unmask]) by February 5, 2011.

Nicole Grewling, PhD
Assistant Professor of German
Department of Modern Languages
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
717-477-1119
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