In the ARTES Global Travel Cultures Research Seminar, Prof. Astrid Köhler (Queen Mary University of London) will give the lecture ' The Travelling European: Towards a Cultural History of Travel '.
The vast majority of what is known as travel literature is written by and for those who have already decided to travel. In this lecture, Prof. Köhler will take a step back and ask some more fundamental questions of the travelling European: who gets to travel when and why, how different modes of transport impact on the traveller’s perception and world view, what the relationship is between those who travel and those who stay put and to what metaphorical uses the notion of travel has been put by either. The aim of the lecture is to examine both travel as a cultural practice and the cultural practice of travel.
Astrid Köhler is Professor of German Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies at Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests lie in the fields of Contemporary German Literature and 19th century German Culture. Currently, she is one of four principal investigators in the HERA funded project The European Spa as a Transnational Public Space and Social Metaphor.