Conference Background

We are proud to celebrate the 20 anniversary of the Borders and Crossings conference in Pula and on the Brijuni Islands. Previous conferences were held in:

  • Derry, 1998
  • Brest, 2000
  • Versailles, 2002
  • Ankara, 2003
  • Birmingham, 2004
  • Palermo, 2006
  • Nuoro, Sardinia, 2007
  • Melbourne, 2008
  • Birmingham, 2012
  • Liverpool, 2013
  • Veliko Tarnovo, 2014
  • Belfast, 2015
  • Kielce, 2016
  • Aberystwyth, 2017

The first of the ‘Borders and Crossings’ conferences, a series devoted to the international, interdisciplinary study of travel writing, was organised by Glenn Hooper and Tim Youngs, and held at Magee College, Derry in 1998. Travel literature was at that time far from mainstream as an area of academic research, but the intervening two decades have witnessed a major shift in attitudes towards the genre, with the emergence of dedicated journals, scholarly associations and other academic apparatus associated with the building of a new field. ‘Borders and Crossings’ has played a catalytic role in these processes as it has provided a forum for scholars across a range of disciplines and from a wide variety of national contexts to meet regularly, to explore an increasingly rich corpus of travel writing, and to debate its centrality to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.