CfP: Writing Spaces Landscapes and/in German Travel Writing (Panel)

Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (NeMLA)

March 23-26, 2017 

Baltimore, MD

submission deadline: Sept.30, 2016

The desire to conquer hostile landscapes and explore unknown places has long constituted an essential aspect of traveling and hence also of corresponding travel literature. In the age of globalization, however, travel has become part of everyday life. Formerly foreign destinations have lost most of their exotic appeal, landscapes have sometimes been reduced to interchangeable backdrops for personal experiences, and discourse about non-places suggests a loss of relevance of what could be called distinct local charm. At the same time, the foreign locale is a key element of travel writing. This panel seeks to address what role places and landscapes play in travel writing. It will address the ways in which German-speaking travelers describe and engage with the spaces they travel and what effect this has on their texts and on their interpretation. Possible paper topics may include but are not limited to: 

In investigating such questions, this panel will explore the function of travel literature by scrutinizing preexisting notions of self, surroundings, and the act of traveling itself. It will thus contribute to an ongoing exploration of the manifold purposes of travel literature.

Please submit 300-400 word abstracts and a brief biographical statement through the NeMLA website, using this link:

The submission deadline is September 30, 2016. For further information or with questions, please contact Nicole Grewling ([log in to unmask]).

Nicole Grewling, PhD

Associate Professor of German Studies

Book Review Editor, Coalition of Women in German

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, MD 21620

Phone: 410-810-5763

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