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Two-Way Tickets

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 -
9:00am to 6:30pm
Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD


'Two-Way Tickets: Travel, Home, and War' is an interdisciplinary conference supported by TORCH through the 'Humanities & Identities' Conference and Workshop award.

War necessitates travel: soldiers on active duty are ‘mobilised’, and so in a different sense are the people that war has displaced or made homeless. From the peripli of classical antiquity to the Grand Tour, from ethnographic and imperialist expeditions to postcolonial travel, the dialectic of home and abroad, foreign and native, is typically scrutinised through the experience of mobility, and further tested by the question of the return home. Not everybody has a ‘two-way ticket’ when it comes to war, but the industry around war tourism might indicate what war-related travel brings home, and its involvement in the construction of national and group identities.

This interdisciplinary conference asks how the concept of home is reassessed through travel generated by war. It invites debate around the ways travel precipitates or disrupts the construction of identity, against the backdrop of war. How do travelogues and literary fiction, fine art and film, museums and battlegrounds stage the encounter between home and the unheimlich? The conference welcomes papers from across all periods and fields, which might include literary studies, art history, film, gender, history, anthropology, psychology and media studies.

We are delighted to announce that our plenary speakers will be Professor Philip Shaw (University of Leicester), who has written widely on travel, war, and home in the Napoleonic and Crimean wars, and Dr Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University, Belfast), whose work in International Relations and International Political Sociology has looked most recently at the ways in which the worlds of leisure intersect with the worlds of violence in unexpected ways, as explored in her recent book Holidays in the Danger Zone: Entanglements of War and Tourism (2016). See the menu for further information on our speakers.

The fee is £35.

Conference Convenors:

Dr. Clare Broome Saunders (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)

Annabel Williams (Merton College, University of Oxford)

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