CFP: Mobility/Stasis/Modernity in the Space Between (12/15/05; 6/8/06-6/11/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Debra Rae Cohen
contact email: 
drc@uark.edu

Mobility/Stasis/Modernity in the Space Between, 1914-1945
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Submissions are invited for the eighth annual conference of The Space=20
Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, at Bucknell University,=20
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, June 8-11, 2005.

Acceleration, terminal velocity, downward-spiral, displacement,=20
paralysis, collision, modernity. The years 1914-1945 were marked by=20
wars colliding with peace movements, by the formation of new nations,=20
the dissolution of old empires, and the voluntary and forced movement=20
of people from ancient homelands to modern and nascent nation-states. =20=

Mobility, exile, migration, diaspora, and expulsion produced=20
expatriates and immigrants, the return of the soldier, the lost=20
generation, the exile of surplus women, and the liberation of others.=20
Speed and slow-motion, fragmentation and revolution transformed people,=20=

technology, and art.

 =46rom army =93mobilization=94 in August 1914 to the liberation of =
death=20
camps and nuclear annihilation in 1945, the interwar and war years=20
witnessed political, economic, and cultural upheavals that in concert=20
with technological revolutions in transport and warfare revolutionized=20=

the movement of masses and the creation of art, literature, film, and=20
other media. Planes, underground shelters, tanks, and skyscraper=20
yelevators altered social relations and destabilized class, cultural,=20
and racial barriers=97as did, in far more dire ways, trench warfare, air=20=

raids, and transport to concentration and death camps. New media such=20
as the cinema, the newsreel, and the wireless enlarged viewers=92=20
perceptions and eradicated distances, confronting audiences with the=20
excitement and terror of far-away places. Such physical, political, and=20=

cultural eruptions, confinements and displacements produced new forms=20
of literature and art.

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the contexts,=20
manifestations, effects, and representations of motion and stasis=20
during the years 1914-1945. What did it mean to live, work, create,=20
and be killed at the center of these turbulent times? We are eager to=20
explore the multiple ways in which the mobility and immobilities of the=20=

period found their way into cultural production.

Please send 300-word abstracts by December 15 to Roger Rothman=20
(rrothman_at_bucknell.edu).

Debra Rae Cohen
Department of English
333 Kimpel Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 575-4301=

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