Nottingham Trent Centre for Travel Writing Studies

by permission of the Houghton Library, Harvard University

School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Lane,
Nottingham, NG11 8NS, UK.  Tel: +44 (0)115  848  3276

Nottingham Trent University's Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) exists to facilitate, promote and disseminate scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing. We define travel writing broadly and encourage multi- and cross-disciplinary approaches.
The Centre, which has strong international links, arranges talks and readings by visiting speakers, hosts self-funded researchers on short- and medium-term visits, and organises seminars and conferences. The Centre welcomes applications from students wishing to work on travel at Master's or doctoral level. Informal inquiries about the Master's Programme or about travel writing-related topics for MPhil/PhD supervision can be addressed to


Members of the Centre include its Director, Professor Tim Youngs (19th and 20th-century British and US travel writing), Professor Tim Fulford (travel and Romanticism), Professor Claire Jowitt  (Renaissance Travel Writing), Dr Siobhan Lambert-Hurley (India and Muslim women's narratives of hajj), Dr Sharon Ouditt (British travellers to Italy), Professor Stan Smith (travel and modernism), Dr Carl Thompson (travel and Romanticism, 20th-century British travel writing), and Professor Patrick Wright (Travel in 20th-century Britain, British and US travellers to the Soviet Union and Communist China). Two postdoctoral researchers are attached the Centre: Dr Bettty Hagglund (interests in 18th and 19th-century women's travel writing; working with Carl Thompson on Maria Graham), and Dr Robert Burroughs (Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on 'Narratives of the African Squadron, 1808-c.1900'). The international, refereed journal Studies in Travel Writing
(White Horse Press), is edited by Professor Youngs from the Centre, and 

The Centre has a small but growing archive and is especially keen to develop its collection of PhD theses on travel writing and travel contexts. Graduates are warmly invited to lodge copies of their theses with us. If you would like to be kept informed of the
Centre's activities, or would like to discuss collaboration with it, please email   

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