The Space Between is a society for the study of literature and culture of the period between the First and Second World Wars. It provides an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forum for discussion and research of texts, authors and new approaches to traditionally canonical works. It also encourages fresh examinations of art, society and culture illuminating the interwar and wartime periods.

Space Between Conference Announcement:

Dear Space Betweeners,

Given the rapid progression of COVID-19 nationally and internationally and the travel and work complications that have arisen for many, the Space Between conference committee has decided that we are going to postpone our annual conference scheduled for June 2020 to June 2021. We have not come to this decision lightly, knowing that many of you had already planned on the trip to UVa. But given the travel restrictions, loss of institutional funds for travel, and UVa’s own policies regarding COVID-19, we think this is the best decision.

Carmenita has gracefully offered to host the Space Between conference on race next June in place of this year’s conference. We do not yet have dates scheduled, but once we do, we will let you know. Regarding the potential June 2021 conference, if you had a paper accepted to this year’s conference you will automatically be accepted next year. Please know that your conference registration fees will carry over. As I mentioned above, we are still figuring out the details of the postponed conference, so please refrain from letting us know if you can or cannot attend until we have settled on new dates. If, at that point, you cannot attend, we will gladly refund your conference registration (and membership) fees. We anticipate that we will have these details for you in the coming weeks.
We are very grateful for your support of the Space Between and we hope to see you all in June 2021. Until then, please stay safe and healthy and let Melissa Dinsman ( or Erika Doss ( know if you have any questions.
Wishing you all the best,

Melissa Dinsman, Co-President of The Space Between Society
Erika Doss, Co-President of The Space Between Society
Carmenita Higginbotham, Conference Organizer, Advisory Board Member
Aimee Wilson, Advisory Board Member


The Space Between was created as a scholarly society in 1997 to expand the possibilities for interdisciplinary discussion of studies in the interwar and wartime periods covered by 1914–1945.  Since the society’s inaugural gathering, it has sponsored 21 annual conferences.  In addition, the society sponsors a peer-reviewed journal, published annually every fall.  

Annual Conference

The Space Between Society: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 22nd Annual Conference University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia June 4-6, 2020 Please note that the 22nd Annual Conference has been postponed due to COVID-19.  In the Space Between Society, scholars who study literature, history, media, art, society, and culture between 1914 and 1945, or between and during … Continue reading Annual Conference


The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914–1945 is the annual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by The Space Between Society. NOW AVAILABLE:  2019 General Issue including 15th Anniversary features EDITOR NEWS—WELCOME TO OUR NEW EDITORS We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Nesbitt to the position of Journal Editor.  We are also pleased to announce the … Continue reading Journal

Officers and Advisory Board

Officers and Advisory Board members are elected by society members for three-year terms. Elections take place electronically prior to the annual conference, with terms beginning at the conclusion of the meeting. The election cycle begins with nominations from January through March, elections held in April, and results announced by email in May. Bylaws for the … Continue reading Officers and Advisory Board

Book Announcements

Check out the new book publications by Space Between members! SUE KENNEDY and JANE THOMAS (Eds.), British Women’s Writing, 1930 to 1960: Between the Waves, July 2020. This volume contributes to the vibrant, ongoing recuperative work on women’s writing by shedding new light on a group of authors commonly dismissed as middlebrow in their concerns … Continue reading Book Announcements


The Space Between continues to develop mentorship and professional development opportunities for members. Space Between Members are welcomed to participate in the 1:1 Mentorship Program or attend any of the upcoming Workshops.