The Society for American Travel Writing seeks abstracts for a session on “Teaching Travel Writing” for the American Literature Association annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts, May 25-28, 2017.
As a genre of Literary and Rhetorical study, Travel Writing generally occupies a marginal status in most curricula. The same might also be said of Travel Writing as a practice. Confronting this, we welcome papers on the specific challenges and rewards of travel-writing pedagogy, either as a study in itself or as a practice.
Proposals might consider the following questions:
- What challenges do faculty face in trying to graft travel writing onto existing curricula or meet established student learning outcomes geared more toward privileged genres of study?
- Are there blindspots that students commonly bring to the study of travel writing that when addressed help them to appreciate its instructive value?
- What educational opportunities are available to faculty who incorporate travel writing assignments into their classes, either in local settings or study abroad?
- What pitfalls are students prone to when tackling actual travel-writing assignments, such as in the context of study abroad, and are there practical recommendations that help to avoid them?
Please email a brief CV and 300-word abstract (and please indicate any audio/visual needs) by 15 December 2016 to Andrew Vogel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan Roberson (email@example.com) using “Teaching Travel” as the subject line. Scholars and teachers of American travel writing and practicing travel writers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.