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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-mail submissions are preferred, but hard copy proposals may be sent to: Robin Feenstra at the address below.
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.
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