The final version of our conference programme can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, 20.09.2017

17.00 Shuttle Bus departure (Katowice, Bankowa 12, University of Silesia in Katowice – Main Building)
18.30-19.30 Registration
19.30 Opening dinner

Thursday, 21.09.2017

09.00-10.00 Registration
10.00-10.10 Opening address (Room ABC)
10.10-11.10 Plenary Session One (Room ABC)

Sarah LeFanu

The Art of Rambling: Journeys Through Space and Time with Mary Kingsley, Rose Macaulay, Naomi Mitchison and Octavia Butler

chair: Julia Szołtysek

11.10-11.40 Coffee break
11.40-13.20 Panel 1 (Room A): Traversing the Middle East

chair: Zbigniew Białas

Julia Szołtysek (University of Silesia, Poland), Between “the me that leaves and the me that returns”: Gertrude Bell’s Persian Gateways and Walls

Serena Vianello (Ca’ Foscari University, Italy), Travel Writing and the Self: Inner and Outer Space in Female Accounts about Persia

Joanna Antoniak (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland), Writing from Her Own Experience: Images of Female Travellers in Agatha Christie’s Appointment with Death, Murder in Mesopotamia, Death on the Nile, and They Came to Baghdad

Olcay Akyıldız (Boğaziçi University, Turkey), Fictitious or Real? Zeynep Hanım’s Travel to Europe

11.40-13.20 Panel 2 (Room BC): Cinematic Transgressions

chair: Ali Güven

Karen Heald (School of Social Sciences, Bangor University, United Kingdom), The FRIDA Series: Frida Travels to Ibiza Digital Film, Karen Heald & Sally Turner, 2017

Sonia Front (University of Silesia, Poland), Travelling Sideways in Time (Without a Suitcase) – The Curious Case of Olivia Dunham on Fringe

Baysar Taniyan (Pamukkale University, Turkey), Gravity: Ryan Stone’s Outer Space Quest

Mustafa Büyükgebiz (Pamukkale University, Turkey), Following the Tracks of Female Self

11.40-13.20 Panel 3 (Room F): Writing Female Europe

chair: Lizelle Smit

Rose Simpson (Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom), Packing up the Past: Vicki Baum’s Quest for Heimat

Anita Chmielewska (University of Warsaw, Poland), The Journeys of British-Jewish Women: In Between Conservative Past and Liberal Future

Michele Strong (University of South Alabama, USA), “Places Women Should Love”: Travel, Memory and the Feminine Lore of Italy

13.20-15.00 Lunch
15.00-16.40 Panel 4 (Room A): Games and Popular Culture

chair: Agnieszka Podruczna

Eliene Mąka-Poulain (Independent Scholar, Poland), Woman in the TARDIS: A Journey Through the Whoniverse and Beyond

Tomasz Gnat (University of Silesia, Poland), Body Movin’. Ecocritical and Postcolonial Reading of the Travelling Body in Interactive Entertainment on the Basis of the Tomb Raider Series

Magdalena Bednorz (University of Katowice, Poland) Venture Forth: Chivalric Quest in Female-Oriented Romantic Subplots in cRPGs

15.00-16.40 Panel 5 (Room BC): Quests for Femininities

chair: Anne Keithline

Anna Kisiel (University of Silesia, Poland), “We Have an Origin like Water”: The Path towards Femininity in Eavan Boland’s “The Journey”

Reyhan Özer Taniyan (Ömer Halisdemir University, Turkey), A Quest of Lust and Liberty

Lizelle Smit (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), A Journey of Love: The Creation of a Nineteenth Century Lesbian Discourse

Michał Kisiel (University of Silesia, Poland), Utterly Foreign Territories: The (Un)accomplished Quest for Femininity in Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska

16.40-17.00 Coffee break
17.00-18.40 Panel 6 (Room A): Poland Abroad

chair: Julia Szołtysek

Zbigniew Białas (University of Silesia, Poland), In Grajewo: Vita Sackville-West Reporting on a Polish Revolution

Grzegorz Moroz (University of Białystok, Poland), American Mid-West as Represented by Polish Fulbright Scholars: Teresa Hołówka and Zbigniew Białas

Sonia Caputa (University of Silesia, Poland), Californian Flanerie in Karolina Waclawiak’s How to Get into the Twin Palms

17.00-18.40 Panel 7 (Room BC): Femininity on the Run

chair: Baysar Taniyan

Mete Çal (Ömer Halisdemir University, Turkey), Finding Inner Self: Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation

Seçil Çırak (Pamukkale University, Turkey), “‘Taming’ of the ‘Mustangs’”: The Problem of Female Travel in Mustang

Alicja Bemben, (University of Bielsko-Biala, Poland), Travelling Psyche of an Interrupted Girl

Ali Güven (Pamukkale University, Turkey), Backpacking to the Self: Wild

17.00-18.40 Panel 8 (Room F): Domesticity and Displacement

chair: Rafał Borysławski

Nina Augustynowicz (University of Silesia, Poland), “The Blessings of Other Climates”: Globalisation of the English Diet in the 19th Century

Nadia Butt (University of Giessen, Germany), Journey as a Quest: The Transcultural Predicament of Female Travellers in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (1924)

Agnieszka Podruczna (University of Silesia, Poland), A Journey to the City of Hope. Immigration, Diaspora and Identity in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl

19.30 Grill

Friday, 22.09.2017

10.00 Opening of the second conference day
10.00-11.00 Plenary Session Two (Room ABC)

Linda Cracknell

Walking in Circles: Making Stories out of Landscapes

chair: Agnieszka Podruczna

11.00-11.30 Coffee break
11.30-13.00 Panel 9 (Room A): Africa in Contexts

chair: Sarah LeFanu

Anna Pochmara (University of Warsaw, Poland), Homecomings: Black Women’s Forced Travel and Mobility in Three African American Novels

Annie Gagiano (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Women Writers in Search of a Knowledgeable and Acknowledgeable Africanity

11.30-13.00 Panel 10 (Room BC): Gender in Flux

chair: Gillian Beattie-Smith

Rafał Borysławski (University of Silesia, Poland), Ongin mere secan…, “first seek the sea…”: The Politics of Feminine Travel in the Old English Frauenlieder and the Encomium Emmae Reginae

Murat Göç (Pamukkale University, Turkey), One is Born and Becomes a Woman: A Journey into the Transgender Self in Transamerica

Sławomir Kuźnicki (University of Opole, Poland), A Diary of a Journey: PJ Harvey’s Photographic Poetry

11.30-13.00 Panel 11 (Room F): Traveling Narratives

chair: Lou Ann Granger

Anne Keithline (Independent Scholar, United States), Walking for Peace, Walking for Power: Peace Pilgrim and the Narrative of the Female Long-Distance Walker

Agnieszka Kaczmarek (University of Applied Sciences in Nysa, Poland), Backpacks of Their Own: Maurice Herzog’s and Arlene Blum’s Accounts of the Ascent of Annapurna

Diana Mistreanu (University of Luxembourg), One Thousand and One Lives from Moscow to Vladivostok. Contemporary French Women on the Trans-Siberian Railway

13.00-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Panel 12 (Room A): Down Under

chair: Eugenia Sojka

Jillian Adams (Central Queensland University, Australia), The Post War Travel Writing of Two Australian Women: Gwen Hughes and Helen Seager

Graeme H Williams (Federation University, Australia), Three Australian Women Artists in Paris

Donna Coates (University of Calgary, Canada), “Freedom: Just One Costume Change Away”: Cross-Dressing Soldiers in Second World War Australian Fictions by Mandy Sayer and Sara Knox

14.30-16.00 Panel 13 (Room BC): Journeys in Colour

chair: Karen Heald

Yeşim Mersin Çal (Hakkari University, Turkey), Le Tableau: Lola’s “Painted Journey”

Salamis Aysegul Sentug (University of Kent, United Kingdom), Could she really escape? Exploration of boredom in 19th century European paintings depicting a woman traveller

Ewa Wylężek (University of Silesia, Poland), Excursion and Exclusion – Modernist Women in Edward Hopper’s Painting

14.30-16.00 Panel 14 (Room F): Testimonials

chair: Linda Cracknell

Tracy Mackenna (University of Dundee, Scotland), Language, Lips and Love: Writing on the Hoof

Fatin Shabbar (University of Southern Australia), “Are you allowed to travel?!”

Lou Ann Granger (UCLA, USA), The Power of Keeping a Visual Travel Journal in the Quest for Mindful Travel

16.00-16.30 Coffee break
16.30-18.10 Panel 15 (Room A): America on the Road

chair: Marta Mamet-Michalkiewicz

David Schauffler (University of Silesia, Poland), Sentiment on the Move: Evangeline Considered

Justyna Fruzińska (University of Łódź, Poland), Frances Wright’s America: 19th-Century Utopia

Małgorzata Rutkowska (Maria Curie Skłodowska University, Poland), “Americans Abroad Should Honorably Represent Their Country.” Responses to Anti-American Sentiments in 19th Century Women’s Travel Writing

Katarzyna Jasiewicz (University of Applied Sciences in Nowy Sącz, Poland), Woman’s Inner Journey vs. Physical Escape: Female Travellers in Kate Chopin’s and William Faulkner’s Works

16.30-18.10 Panel 16 (Room BC): Perceptions of Self

chair: Nina Augustynowicz

Maria Camelia Dicu (Constantin Brâncuși University of Târgu Jiu, Romania), To Room Nineteen – A Woman’s Travel to Find Her Self

Eugenia Sojka (University of Silesia, Poland), Indigenous Women from Canada Travelling to Europe: Decolonizing Perceptions of the Female Aboriginal Other

Raihan Rosman (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom), Quest for Identity in Leila Aboulela’s Minaret (2005)

16.30-18.10 Panel 17 (Room F): Finding the Self: Non-Fiction Accounts

chair: Annie Gagiano

Gillian Beattie-Smith (Open University, United Kingdom), Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journeys to Scotland

Aleksandra Nikčević-Batrićević (University of Montenegro, Montenegro), Mutations of Poetic Reflections, Mutations of Nostalgic Impulses: Elizabeth Bishop’s Letter/Travel Writing

Becky Ardrey (University of South Alabama, USA), A Historiography of Women and Travel

19.00 Conference dinner

Saturday, 23.09.2017

11.00 Shuttle Bus departure

The final version of our conference programme can be downloaded here.