TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA, AND CULTURE IN THE SPACE BETWEEN,1914-1945. Submissions are invited for the seventh Annual Conference of The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945, at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 27-29, 2005.
Beginning with the mass mechanization of the Great War, the period through World War II catapulted people into a new kind of modernity. New technologies and media conjured up both awesome and frightful fantasies and realities in the creative and critical imaginations of artists, scientists, producers, consumers, and critics. Technology and media excited and threatened domestic and international politics and challenged members of popular and elite cultures to reconfigure relationships between selfhood, society, and the object world.
This interdisciplinary conference will explore the manifestations, effects, and representations of the new technologies of the 1914-1945 period. Considering this distinct period in twentieth century history will offer crucial perspectives and insights on the significance of visual and auditory technologies, designed and built technologies, technologies of the body, technologies of flight, speed and simultaneity, technologies of production, technologies of social engineering. We are particularly interested in exploring the cultural relationships that emerge as the roles of the media and technology shape each other in our Space Between.
Possible topics include, but should not be limited to, the following:
Technologies of media Textuality and technology Cultural responses to mass media Extensions and mediations of the body Medical and reproductive technologies Technology and economies Technology/media and psychology Propaganda and design Designs for living War, weaponry, and art The machine aesthetic Technology/media and constructions of nation, gender and class Technology/media and democracy, fascism, and communism Resistance through and/or to media and technology
Please send 300 word abstracts or 10 page double-spaced 12 pt. font papers by January 15, 2005 to [email protected].
The Space Between Society is dedicated to the study of literature and culture between the wars, providing an interdisciplinary forum for discussion and research on overlooked texts, understudied authors, and new approaches to traditionally canonical texts. It also encourages fresh examination of art, society, and culture illuminating the war and interwar period. For information about our journal and membership in The Space Between, please visit our website at http://www.precursors.org