May 17, 2006

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell will host an international academic conference by the interdisciplinary group called The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945.

More than 50 academics from around the globe are expected to participate in the group's June 9-10 conference, according to Roger Rothman, assistant professor of art history at Bucknell.

Founded in 1997, the society studies the literature and culture of the period between the wars and provides an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for discussion and research of texts, authors, and new approaches to traditionally canonical texts.

The theme of this year's conference is "Mobility and Stasis" and topics among the 50 papers being presented include literary reflections on moving through city streets and the movement of troops and artillery, cinematic motion, migrations and expulsions, mobile national identities, and fluctuating notions of race and gender.

Last year's conference, held in Montreal, Canada, focused on the relationship between technology and the arts.

This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Roberto Dainotto, associate professor of romance studies at Duke University. He will present a paper titled, "Swing/Syncope/Race, or the Note Between: Jazz in the Age of Fascist Modernity." Dainotto will deliver the address Friday, June 9, at 5 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

Sessions both days begin at 8:30 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. The conference will conclude with a roundtable discussion late Saturday afternoon.

In addition to participants from Mexico, Germany, England, and Australia, a number of Bucknell faculty will attend, including John Hunter, associate professor of comparative humanities; Michael Payne, professor of English; Alice Poust, associate professor of Spanish; John Rickard, professor of English; and Jonathan Westbrook, assistant professor of French.

For more information about The Space Between, visit the society's website.

Posted May 17, 2006

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