Founded in September 2011, Coldnoon (International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures) is an international and interdisciplinary online and print journal and magazine. It publishes writings on literary cultures, literary landscapes, architectures, modes of transport or travelling, issues of migration and immigration, evolutionary mechanisms, languages, geopolitical affairs, travelling cultures or artifacts, fashion, culinary cultures, and other related social or theoretical issues.
Works published in Coldnoon are from a diversity of genres, including (but not confined to):
- Bulletin articles
- Op-ed pieces
- Experimental writings
- Research papers
Our interests especially lie in subjects like (but not confined to):
- Politics and Cities
- Romantic Spaces/ Gender and Space
- Travelling and the Supernatural
- Politics of Migration
- Ethnic Conflict/ Ethnicity and Space
- Architecture and Travel
- City Mapping/Derive/Flanerie
- Travel in Popular Culture/Cinema/Arts
- Iconic Cities/Urban Geographies
- Pastoral Travelling/Exotic Travelling
- Tourism/Ecotourism/Health Tourism
- Pitfalls of Tourism/The Tourist as the Dilettante
- Heritage Travelling
- Impressionism and Cities
- Sustainable Travel
- Abstract Travels
Coldnoon redefines travel in all its subjectivity, and relocates it as part of everyday discourses. It is therefore interested in smaller, local, or ground travels which pay attention to the common, forsaken, details of everyday journeys that are constantly defined and described from within the vocabulary of travel.
What is Travelogy?
With every shift of every wind
The homesick memories come,
From every quarter of mankind
Where I have made me a home.
—“The Fires,” Prelude to the Collected Verses,
Travelogy is the ideology of travel–where the traveller is not just a consumer but also a producer. It is also a measure of how much home the traveller constructs and what modes he adopts in the process: coercion, negotiation, memory, exile, emigration, expatriation, colonialism, and so forth. It is not simply a comprehension of travel in terms of ideology, but also in terms of production of spaces. Here the traveller may be understood as an active agent of changing geographies–native, interstitial or destinational. A foreign or distant geography may be said to belong in the realm of the unheimlich–or the unhomely, not necessarily in pejorative ways. Spaces–whether domestic or social–are constantly in flux, thanks to the dynamic and influential ways in which a traveller interacts with them. At times travelling to another geography may influence changes–even long lasting cultural transformations, indeed new and hybrid cultures–in the native geography of the traveller. Sometimes, the destinational geography and cultural habits may also be temporarily or substantially altered, as it happens during colonial settlements. It is possible to understand the ideologies, motivations, longevity or the brittleness of these fluxes, alterations, or transformations, through travelogy.
Coldnoon envisions travel not as flux but instead as gaps in travelling itself. “Coldnoon” means a shadowed instant in time when the inertia of motion of images, thoughts and spectacles comes to rest upon a still and cold moment. A sudden break motion leads to the cooling off of a particle and this temperate moment is essential to the rapid merging of visions and an involuntary expression of this kaleidoscope. Our travels are about the reporting of purposeless and unselfconscious narratives the human mind experiences when justify in a vacuum between terminals of travel.
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