UPDATE: Mobility/Stasis/Modernity in the Space Between, 1914-1945 (3/1/06; 6/8/06-6/11/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Phyllis Lassner

Deadline extended:

>Mobility/Stasis/Modernity in the Space Between, 1914-1945
>Submissions are invited for the eighth annual conference of The Space
>Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, at Bucknell University,
>Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, June 8-11, 2006.
>Acceleration, terminal velocity, downward-spiral, displacement, paralysis,
>collision, modernity. The years 1914-1945 were marked by wars colliding
>with peace movements, by the formation of new nations, the dissolution of
>old empires, and the voluntary and forced movement of people from ancient
>homelands to modern and nascent nation-states. Mobility, exile, migration,
>diaspora, and expulsion produced expatriates and immigrants, the return of
>the soldier, the lost generation, the exile of surplus women, and the
>liberation of others. Speed and slow-motion, fragmentation and revolution
>transformed people, technology, and art.
> From army "mobilization" in August 1914 to the liberation of death camps
> and nuclear annihilation in 1945, the interwar and war years witnessed
> political, economic, and cultural upheavals that in concert with
> technological revolutions in transport and warfare revolutionized the
> movement of masses and the creation of art, literature, film, and other
> media. Planes, underground shelters, tanks, and skyscraper elevators
> altered social relations and destabilized class, cultural, and racial
> barriers­as did, in far more dire ways, trench warfare, air raids, and
> transport to concentration and death camps. New media such as the cinema,
> the newsreel, and the wireless enlarged viewers' perceptions and
> eradicated distances, confronting audiences with the excitement and
> terror of far-away places. Such physical, political, and cultural
> eruptions, confinements and displacements produced new forms of
> literature and art.
>This interdisciplinary conference will explore the contexts,
>manifestations, effects, and representations of motion and stasis during
>the years 1914-1945. What did it mean to live, work, create, and be
>killed at the center of these turbulent times? We are eager to explore the
>multiple ways in which the mobility and immobilities of the period found
>their way into cultural production.
>Keynote Speaker: Roberto Dainotto is Associate Professor of Romance
>Studies at Duke University. His publications include "Place in Literature:
>Regions, Cultures, Communities" (Cornell UP, 2000) and "Europe (in
>Theory)" (Duke UP, forthcoming). He has edited "Racconti Americani del
>'900" (Einaudi, 1999), and "Mediterranean Studies" (with Eric Zakim, MLA
>Books, forthcoming). His new book-project, ""Nouveau Riches with Fords and
>Chevrolets": Italian-Americans and the Contemptuous Motherland" looks at
>representations of Italian-Americans in Italian culture, where they
>consistently appear as allegories both of an uprooting modernity, and of
>the unresolved "southern question" of Italy's failed modernization
> Please send 300-word abstracts by March 1 to Roger Rothman
> (rrothman_at_bucknell.edu).
>Phyllis Lassner
>Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. USA

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