Voyage et conflit

Encore un appel à communication : Travel and conflict in the Medieval and Early Modern world, colloque qui se tiendra à l’Université de Bangor du 3 au 5 septembre 2015. Il est coorganisé par l’Université d’Aberystwith.

L’argumentaire est le suivant :

The meeting points between travel, mobility, and conflict are numerous. Travel can be a conflictual experience; in medieval Europe, movement may be perceived as being restricted to travel motivated by the exigencies of piety, pillage, or trade. It would however be too easy to suggest a clear binary between a medieval state of stasis and the more leisurely travel and exploration in the early modern period. Until relatively recently, domestic travel and voyages to the wider world remained dangerous undertakings.  Utopian fiction and travel writing are two genres that have been closely aligned by scholars who recognise how these genres reshape medieval discourses on the ideal state for an early modern audience. Weary travellers arrive at geographically unspecified places comprising ideal societies, but these ideal societies occupy a liminal space between fiction and reality: these spaces are ultimately unattainable due to the imprecision and prevarication present in the narrative.  This draws to focus tensions within documenting imaginary travel and the material world.  Far from being a site of concord, they become spaces of conflict. Travel – whether it is real or imagined, or if it has been implemented for public or private purposes – can be obstructed by conflicts; it remains often restricted and always bitterly debated.

This interdisciplinary conference brings together scholars working in the fields of medieval and early modern studies to interrogate the relationship between travel and conflict. Topics might include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Travel in times of war and conflict
  • Restricted travel
  • Forbidden travel
  • Exile and travel
  • Colonial encounters
  • Piracy
  • Travel, subterfuge and deceit
  • Conflict of body and mind in travel
  • Travel, religion and conversion
  • Conflicting readings of travelogues
  • Debates on travel
  • Liminal spaces
  • Utopian/Dystopian travel
  • Travel and synaesthesia
  • Vagrancy
  • Matter, materiality and the unreal
  • Travel as a violent act
  • Remembering and forgetting travel
  • Conflict between topography and spatial movement
  • Conflict between mapped space and inhabited space
  • Language communication and miscommunication
  • Pilgrimage or Crusade
  • Migration and persecution

Les propositions doivent être envoyées avant le 25 janvier 2015 à travelandconflict@gmail.com.

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