Narrative Knowing in Heritage and Travel

Zoom Conference Thursday 27 May 2021, 9am to 5pm UTC+1 = BST

Writers such as W G Sebald and Sven Lindqvist employed literary travel writing to emotionally and psychologically translate their fieldwork experiences into their writings about place, while Walter Benjamin combined ideas of narrative knowing with practices that offer public engagement and impact for his ideas.  This conference explores how methods of contemporary literary travel writing can be brought into the work of academic researchers, writers and professionals in the fields of cultural heritage interpretation.


Time UTC+1         Speaker, affiliation and research title       

09:00 – 09:50 1 Keynote: Gareth E Rees, Independent travel writer, Unofficial Britain.       

10:00 – 10:50 2 Dr Donna Brien, Central Queensland University, Narrative Non-fiction about Violence and Death at Bondi Beach.

11:00 – 11:50 3 Biliana Vassileva, Université de Lille, Travel Narratives in Dance.

12noon – 12:50 4 Ivan Pope, University of Plymouth The practiced place: subject, field and text.  

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14:00 – 14:50 5 Dr Duncan M Overton, Bethany College, Exploring and experiencing heritage buildings with Embodied Narrative Knowing.

15:00 – 15:50 6 Dr Jasna Potočnik Topler, University of Maribor. Travel Writing as a Teaching Method.

16:00 – 16:50 7 Dr Raulin Cadet, Université Quisqueya & Dr Hugues Séraphin, University of Winchester, Tap-Tap, a Journey Through Haiti, and an Original Form of Destination Narrative.

Papers have been accepted from researchers and from heritage and tourism practitioners that explore narrative non-fiction as a literary form or as professional practice for writing about place. Established academics and postgraduate or doctoral researchers are encouraged to submit their proposals. Further, pedagogic approaches to teaching interpretative and writing practices for these fields are also encouraged.

We are delighted to announce our Keynote speaker, literary travel writer and pyschogeographer  Gareth E Rees, author of Unofficial Britain: Journeys through Unexpected Places (2020),  Carpark Life (2019) and the Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the edge of London  (2013).

We anticipate that speakers will present for 40 to 45 minutes which will allow just under 10 minutes for questions, and a short break before the next presentation begins on the hour.

We expect to publish an edited collection of the papers in The Journal of Tourism, Heritage & Services Marketing ISSN: 2529-1947. Full research Papers should be not longer than 8,000 words and not shorter than 4,500 words (excluding references).

Deadline for full paper proposals was midnight UTC on December 15, 2020. Now closed.

Proposals must include the title of the paper, author’s name, email and affiliation. Please include a description of the paper in up to 300 words plus two or three indicative bibliographic references.

Please email proposals to: Dr Charlie Mansfield, Co-Director, Cornerstone Heritage Research Centre, University of Plymouth.  Email charlie.mansfield@plymouth.ac.uk

In addition, the conference plans to display posters digitally, in A0-size, single-slide landscape format in PowerPoint, for delegates to download and view offline.  Please propose these by email in a Word document with the title of the poster, name, email and affiliation and brief description of the work plus two indicative bibliographic references.

Conference language: English. Zoom will be used.

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Conference organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Tourism at the University of Maribor, Slovenia