What does ‘decolonise travel writing’ mean in practice? The genre of travel writing really took off during European expansion including the British Empire, with stories usually told from a white, male, Western gaze.
In this debate, we’ll discuss the outdated tropes, stereotypes, language and images that often permeate modern travel writing and photography, why we should be addressing this as an industry and how travel media can play its part.
BGTW Talks Travel: Decolonising Travel Writing
WHEN: Tuesday 14 July 2020
TIME: 12:30 – 14:00 BST
WHERE: Via Zoom
BGTW Talks Travel discussions are part of a series of online events to bring people together and help our members and other travel professionals move forward. By connecting leaders in the world and featuring the latest travel opinion and developments, we help keep you at the forefront, creating and innovating.
The Decolonising Travel panel*
Ash Bhardwaj is a filmmaker, travel writer, and broadcaster with numerous bylines and TV credits. His most recent adventure was a 8,500-kilometer overland trip, exploring former Soviet countries and their neighbours. (@AshBhardwaj)
Tim Hannigan is a British travel writer, tutor and author of three books of narrative history, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He also studies travel writing and contemporary nature writing as an academic, and investigated the ethical issues surrounding British travel literature for his PhD at the University of Leicester. (@Tim_Hannigan)
Monisha Rajesh is the author of the award-winning book Around the World in 80 Trains which charts her seven-month railway journey around the globe, inspired by her travels for her best-selling debut Around India in 80 Trains. Monisha has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph and Vanity Fair. (@monisha_rajesh)
Noo Saro-Wiwa is a freelance journalist and book reviewer for numerous international publications and the author of award-winning Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria. In 2018, Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named her one of ‘The World’s 30 Most Influential Female Travellers’. (@noosarowiwa)
HOST: Meera Dattani is a freelance travel and culture journalist, co-editor of Adventure.com and guidebook author, with a special interest in wildlife tourism, sustainable travel, and heritage and diaspora tourism in India and East Africa. (@no_fixed_plans)
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