E5
Travelling Africa

Convenors:
Kai Easton (SOAS)
Stream:
Literature, media and the visual arts
Location:
G2
Start time:
12 September, 2006 at 14:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

none

Long abstract:

This panel looks at the cultures of travel, from colonial times to the present day, from the Cape to Cairo. What ideas of 'Africa' do each of our respective travellers have as they criss-cross countries or, as in the case of Mary Hall, even a whole continent? What genre do they choose for their narration, and how much do they address - as the geographers Duncan and Gregory have put it - the physicality of travel? Does 'travel', as bell hooks suggests, necessarily carry with it the 'taint of imperialism'?