Public Conference 2019: Exploration, Travel and Tourism

Date and time
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
08.30 - 18.00

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

Each year, as part of their degree second-year History and English students take part in a public conference, where they present a series of papers based around a central theme. Previous themes have included Monarchy, Democracy and Revolution. In 2019, marking the five-hundredth anniversary of the launch of the first known circumnavigation of the globe, the theme is Exploration, Travel and Tourism. The papers cover a wide range of topics, including the journey of ideas, the impact of travel on indigenous peoples, and literary responses to travel and exploration.

08.15 Tea and coffee on arrival

Welcome and opening address

  • Hamlet beyond borders
  • Coca Cola in India: The invasion of American capitalism
10.00 Break
  • Gender at the Frontier: Nature, masculinity and femininity in literature of the American West
  • Queen of the Desert: Gertrude Bell and mapping the middle east
  • The creation and memorialisation of the antarctic hero
11.50 Break
  • 'The kindness of Columbus'? European encounters with indigenous peoples
  • Sagarmatha: The untold story of the sherpas of 'Everest'
13.05 Lunch
  • Full-steam to Blackpool: Working class holidays in the 1930s
  • Ready, jet set, go: The emergence of the package holiday
14.45 Break
  • Byron and the seductive east
  • Pleasure gardens, prostitution and the failure of the rural Idyll in eighteenth century London
  • Decorum, disgrace and discovery: Women on the grand tour
16.25 Tea and coffee break
  • The sea of interextuality: Repetition and difference in the literature of the ocean
  • The Ming treasure voyage: A policy of the southern expansion
17.45 Concluding address
18.00 Event end

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