CFP: African Travel Writing Encounters, University of Birmingham 9 March 2016, deadline 15 December 2015

I’m SO delighted to see this happening.

AFRICAN TRAVEL WRITING ENCOUNTERS

Department of African Studies and Anthropology, University of Birmingham

Wednesday 9 March, 2016

P1000904

This workshop invites scholars of travel writing by Africans, along with practitioners of travel writing, to come together to discuss the past, present and future of African-authored travel writing.

For a long time study of African travel writing in the West has focused on Western-authored travel writing about Africa. But this has ignored both the long heritage of the genre amongst African and diaspora authors. African travel writers have traversed both the African continent and the rest of the world, writing about encounters and differences they meet in their own societies and others. They have engaged with colonialism and the post-colonial world, have produced ethnographic description, reportage, poetry, humour and more. They have traversed genres and forms, from the Swahili habari written at the turn of the twentieth century to Yoruba newspaper travel…

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