Call For Papers

 The Language of Discovery, Exploration and Settlement

University of Florence, 15-16 February 2018

Proposal Submission Deadline: 1 September 2017

The conference will provide a forum for research relating principally to the forms of discourse employed in the narration and reporting of geographical discovery, exploration and settlement. These three features of human existence have had enormous influence on society’s evolution and development and it is fitting that their role in the history of western civilization should be examined from a linguistic and rhetorical point of view. Papers are invited in which textual, narrative, and socio-cultural features are discussed in relation to documents aiming at (more or less popularized) knowledge dissemination with a consistently historical focus – i.e., contributions should centre on texts and themes spanning the centuries from 1500 to 1900. All papers should be presented in English.

Abstracts of about 300 words (excluding references) are invited for 20-minute presentations followed by discussion. The abstract including name, affiliation and contact details should be emailed to:

Nicholas Brownlees:

Christina Samson:

Suggested topics relating to the language of discovery, exploration and settlement include:

Text types, genre and medium

Socio-historical constructs and language representation

Contact factors and borrowing

The role of translation

Paratextual materials

The construction of identity and expressing the other

The role of popular culture

It is envisaged that the conference will lead to the publication of a high-quality volume of essays.