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Welcome to the page of Victorian Travel and Imperial Spaces, a symposium  to be held at the University of Kent (Canterbury) on the 15th and 16th May 2015

Important information for delegates: please follow this link to pay your registration fee.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Silvia Antosa (Department of Humanities, University of Palermo) Plenary Speaker: Professor Abdulrazak Gurnah (School of English, University of Kent) Modern, faster forms of transport, new commercial routes changed the ways in which people, goods and ideas travelled, in the late-19th century and the early-20th century. The impact of global trade and new travel on the imperial project was immense: from the birth of modern tourism to the emergence of new types of travellers, e.g., to the settler colonies, Victorian travel redefined the relation between space, humans, objects, at home and abroad. This symposium at the University of Kent will explore the crucial relationship between travel and imperial spaces in literature, history, the arts and cultural studies, in the late-Victorian and Edwardian eras. The event will include a visit to the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, on Friday the 15th in the afternoon. Ticket included in the conference registration. Registration: £20. Selected papers will be included in an edited collection of essays. For any queries, please contact the organizers: Barbara Franchi ( and Elvan Mutlu ( Sponsors: KIASH (the Kent Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities), the School of English, the Centre for Victorian Literature and Culture, and the Centre for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (University of Kent). Organizers: Barbara Franchi (School of English, University of Kent) and Elvan Mutlu (School of English, University of Kent). kiashEnglish Logo