The Centre has been successful in attracting external funding for research projects from the Leverhulme Foundation, the British Academy, and other sources, and supports developmental projects. Current projects include:
British Women’s Travel Writing, 1780-1840: Communities of Authorship. This British Academy / Leverhulme Trust funded project aims to restore visibility to 139 women who published travel books as authors, co-authors, contributors, letterpress writers, editors, and translators during a period in which women’s travel writing became established in Britain and Ireland. Original biographical research on these authors will contribute to our knowledge of the conditions of publishing, networking, and support that helped women become transformative presences in a male-dominated genre. The research builds upon and augments the Database of Women’s Travel Writing, launched at Chawton House Library in July 2014, which aims to provide accurate bibliographical entries for all books of travel by women published in Britain and Ireland during this period. This final phase of the project will produce a biographical dictionary of women travel writers, expand the database to include new categories of collaborative authorship, and enhance the user interface to maximise open access to the research.
Database of British Travel Writing, 1780-1840. This database is being developed as a publicly accessible, fully searchable database of travel books published in Britain and Ireland between 1780 and 1840, a period which saw the beginnings of mass tourism and the gradual professionalisation of the travel writing industry. The research has identified over 5,000 titles by nearly 3,000 authors, including 196 titles by women which form the basis for a pilot database published in 2014: Database of Women’s Travel Writing.
From Kalahari Campfire to iPad app: Turning a San Oral Folktale into a Cybertale. The aboriginal people of southern Africa, the San, are justly famous for their oral story telling. This project aims to reimagine and recreate a traditional tale and publish it in various digital formats in order to model how this art form can be revitalized and globally commercialized. The e-tale will be transcribed in a San vernacular and retold in English, with interactive features such as notes on San history and culture, or rich media content. It is hoped that rights and royalties can belong to a San organization nominated by the PI and San participants.
ALTERAE: The Linguistic Representation of the Other. Funded by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (Spain) and bringing together researchers at CTTR, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Universidade de Coruna, and University of Regensburg, this project aims are to explore linguistic and discursive features that fiction and non-fiction language users currently choose, deliberately or otherwise, from available yet ever-changing repertoires to construct self and other identity. The CTTR team is investigating transnational identity construction in online media during the London Olympics.
For further information on these and on completed projects, visit the CTTR Project webpages.