Travel Is Home: Travel and Landscape in Japanese Literature, Art, and Culture

This event is part of the Co-Sponsorships Program: Travel Is Home: Travel and Landscape in Japanese Literature, Art, and Culture.
Thursday, April 4, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, April 6, 2019 (All day)
Event Location: 
Iowa Memorial Union
UI Campus
Iowa City, IA 52245
Watercolor painting of man and woman in traditional Japanese dress, hiking near base of mountain with backpacks full of flowers

Travel Is Home: Travel and Landscape in Japanese Literature, Art, and Culture—A Conference

In the introduction to his seventeenth-century travel diary, The Narrow Road of the Interior, Matsuo Bashō declares that “travel is life, travel is home.” While the use of travel as a metaphor to express the transience of life was centuries old by Bashō’s time, the idea continues to resonate even today. The University of Iowa Japanese Program will host an international conference on the interaction between humans and their environments in Japanese literature, art, and culture, in which papers will explore instances of travel in all of its forms, from pilgrimage, official duties, and tourism, to military strategy, emigration, to evacuation, exile, and refuge.


  • Meredith McKinney, Australian National University
  • Christina Laffin, University of British Columbia
  • Ikumi Kaminishi, Tufts University
  • LeRon Harrison, Murray State University
  • Catherine Ryu, Michigan State University
  • Gustav Heldt, University of Virginia
  • David Henry, University of Alaska
  • Stephen Jenkins, Humboldt State University
  • Jeffrey Newmark, University of Winnipeg
  • Anne Prescott, Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Northampton, MA
  • Susanna Fessler, SUNY at Albany
  • Sonia Favi, Ca'Foscari University
  • Stephen Forrest, Universiyt of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Artem Vorobiev, Oakland University
  • Peter Siegenthaler, Texas State University
  • Christina Spiker, Saint Catherine's University, St. Paul
  • Other faculty, grad students at the UI and throughout the U.S.    

9:00a.m.-6:00p.m. daily

Free and open to all.

Hosted by the UI Department of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures, CAPS, International Programs, and Japan Foundation, with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies