Travelling, Transmission and Transgression - 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference

March 21, 2024 - March 22, 2024

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          Experiencing one’s life as a perpetual change rather than something constant has become more and more frequent in the contemporary world. Travelling has gained new dimensions – it is no longer associated merely with tourism, but it often turns out to be a way of life or even a figure of human condition. The homo viator of our times intentionally moves from country to country, rents apartments and does not posses one, changes his or her occupations and work places, meets still new people and is generally well trained in being flexible, mobile, and open to metamorphoses. Travelling, in its both literal and metaphorical meaning, has much to do with transmission and transgression as it enables crossing the geographical, physical, cultural, social, and psychological borders. During our conference, we would like to discuss all these – and many other – aspects of travelling and transgressive experiences.

           We want to describe those phenomena in their multifarious aspects: psychological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical, religious, political, and many others. We also want to devote considerable attention to how they appear in artistic practices: literature, film, theatre, or visual arts. That is why we invite researchers representing various academic disciplines, such as anthropology, history, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, politics, philosophy, literary studies, theatre studies, film studies, memory studies, gender studies, and postcolonial studies.

           Different forms of presentations are encouraged, including case studies, theoretical investigations, problem-oriented arguments, and comparative analyses.

            We will be happy to hear from both experienced scholars and young academics at the beginning of their careers as well as doctoral and graduate students. We also invite all persons interested in participating in the conference as listeners, without giving a presentation.

            We hope that due to its interdisciplinary nature, the conference will bring many interesting observations on and discussions about the role of travelling, transmission, and transgression in the past and in the present-day world.

            Our repertoire of suggested topics includes but is not restricted to:

I. Individual experiences

  • Travelling as a distraction

  • Travelling and tourism

  • Travelling as a way of life

  • Living in between

  • Liminal spaces

  • Limit situations

  • Transgressive experiences

  • Borderline personality

  • Travelling and cognition

  • Travelling and education

  • Travelling and spiritual growth

  • Solo travelling

  • Travelling and family life

II. Collective experiences

  • Travelling and multiculturalism

  • Transmission of cultural values

  • Travelling and tolerance

  • Travelling and xenophobia

  • Transgressive identity of societies

  • Travelling and migration

  • Forced travelling

  • Travelling and economy

  • Travelling and job market

III. Pandemic experiences

  • Travelling in the time of COVID-19

  • Isolation

  • Social distance

  • Motionlessness

  • Transmission of the virus

IV. Past experiences

  • History of travelling and tourism

  • Known travellers

  • Travelling and geographical discoveries

  • Travelling and colonialism

  • Travelling and time

V. Artistic experiences

  • Travel diaries

  • Travel as a literary motif

  • Travelling in Bildungsroman

  • Road movies

  • Travelling in the media

  • Travelling artists

  • Touring theatres

  • Touring exhibitions

  • Travel guidebooks

  Please submit abstracts (no longer than 300 words) of your proposed 20-minute presentations, together with a short biographical note, by 25 February 2024 to: [email protected] 

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