Travel Writing and Literature Research Day

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Tuesday 19  February 2019, 14:30 – 17:00

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library

A research day exploring Senate House Library’s rich and comprehensive collections relating to travel writing and travelers’ accounts. The Library has unparalleled printed and archival holdings relating to this topic, covering a wide geographical scope and chronological span, from the early modern period to the present. The emphasis of the session will be on the literary aspects of travel writing as a creative non-fiction genre.

The session will be led by a team of specialist staff from Senate House Library and external academic leads. It will consist of an overview of the subject area, followed by case studies outlining current or recent research based on the collections. There will also be an opportunity to see a sample of original items from this area of the collections, and to talk to specialist library and academic staff about potential research topics the collections can support.

The research day is addressed to:

  • 3rd year undergraduates looking for MRes topics
  • Masters students seeking PhD projects
  • PhD students looking for ECR projects
  • Academic staff looking for large-scale projects for research council funding
  • Commercial digitisation partners


14:30 – 14:45  Registration

14:45 – 14:50  Welcome and Introduction

14:50 – 15:05  Maria Castrillo and Richard Espley (Senate House Library) - Collections Overview

15:05 – 15:50  Case Studies

  • Leila Kassir (Senate House Library) – Glimpsing the World: Travel Narratives in Senate House Library Collections
  • Matthew Coneys (Institute of Modern Languages Research) – Early Modern Voyages and Travels between Manuscript and Print
  • Karen Attar (Senate House Library) – Perceptions of Russia and other Places: Travelling through Some Special Collections

15:50 – 16:30  Viewing of Collections

16:30 – 17:00  Discussion and Next Steps

Event details

  • 19 February 2019 14:30
  • Maria Castrillo, Richard Espley, Leila Kassir, Matthew Coneys, Karen Attar
  • Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library
  • Free (please book in advance as limited places are available)
  • Senate House Library Event


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