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 Space Between Society

Minutes for The Space Between Society

Officers:

Melissa Dinsman, Co-President (2019), is Assistant Professor of English at York College-CUNY and author of Modernism at the Microphone: Radio, Propaganda, and Literary Aesthetics During World War II (2015). Her research focuses on the intersection of modernism and media aesthetics and her first book brings together her interest in late modernist radio broadcasting, archival recovery, and information networks. Her most recent work can be found in places such as The Space BetweenModernism/modernityInternational Yeats Studies, the L.A. Review of Books, and Public Books. Dinsman has regularly attended The Space Between conference since 2013 and has previously served as an advisory board member and the web manager. Email: mdinsman@york.cuny.edu

Barbara Green, Co-President (2020), is Professor of English and Concurrent Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching focus on modern feminist print culture, periodical studies, life writing, and notions of everyday life, all within the context of a gendered modernity. She is the author of Feminist Periodicals and Daily Life: Women and Modernity in British Culture (2017), Spectacular Confessions: Autobiography, Performative Activism, and the Sites of Suffrage, 1905-1938 (1997), and she is the co-editor of Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939 (2018). She is also co-editor of the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies (Penn State University Press). Green began attending the Space Between conferences in 2012 and hosted At Home in the Space Between at the University of Notre Dame in 2015.

Ian Whittington, Vice President (2019), is Associate Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, where his teaching and research focus on mid-century British and Anglophone literature and culture. He is the author of Writing the Radio War: Literature, Politics and the BBC, 1939-1945(Edinburgh UP, 2018), and has published essays on Louis MacNeice, Rose Macaulay, Zoë Wicomb, and the larger field of literary radio studies. He is currently co-editing the Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology (Edinburgh UP, 2021), and is a Research Associate affiliated with the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force. He has been a regular attendee of the Space Between Society conference since 2007 and previously served as an Advisory Board member.

Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Treasurer (2016; 2019), is Associate Professor of Art History at Kent State University at Stark, Ohio. Her research interests include early Stalinist art, visual culture, and exhibition practices as well as the pedagogy of Art History. She has published articles on the Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich in Print Quarterly, The Space Between, Il Culturale Capitale, and The NEP Era Journal, with forthcoming chapters in edited volumes The Iconology of Abstraction and Reenactment Case Studies, both from Routledge. In addition, two chapters on early Soviet children’s illustration are (to be) published with Bloomsbury in Childhood by Design and Constructing Race on the Borders of Europe. Her Scholarship of Teaching and Learning has appeared in the Journal of Experiential Education and Art History: Pedagogy and Practice. She is the author of three Reacting to the Past games in development, including one set in 1917 (Fountain: The Society of Independent Artists) that was playtested at the 2017 Space Between conference; she has also published research on Reacting pedagogy in Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past (Palgrave-Macmillan). 

Caroline Krzakowski, Membership Secretary (2015; 2018), is Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University. Her research and teaching interests focus on twentieth and twenty-first century British literature, especially Modernism, British literary responses to World War Two, literature and diplomacy, transnational literature, British literature of the postwar period, and women’s writing. Her first book, The Work of Diplomacy in British Fiction and Film 1935-1970, examines representations of international relations in fiction and non-fiction by Rebecca West, Lawrence Durrell, Olivia Manning, and John le Carré, and in the films of Alfred Hitchcock that respond to the political instability of the post-war period.

Janine Utell, Journal Editor (2015), is Professor and Chair of English at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.  Her research focuses on the study of 19th and 20th-century narratives of couplehood and intimate life, with a broader interest in the application of narrative theory and postmodern ethics to literary, visual, and digital texts.  She is the author of James Joyce and the Revolt of Love:  Marriage, Adultery, Desire (2010) and Engagements with Narrative (2015). She has three book projects under contract: a study of 20th-century life writing, an edited volume on comics artist Alison Bechdel, and an edited volume in the MLA “Options for Teaching” series on modernist women’s writing in English.  She has also published articles on film, life writing, and modernist studies. Contact: janine.utell@gmail.com. Note: Potential contributors to The Space Between should review submission guidelines available on the journal platform here.

Elizabeth F. Evans, Book Review Editor (2020), is Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University. Her interests include literature of the long twentieth century, modernist studies, cultural geography, gender studies, (post)colonial studies, and digital humanities. She is the author of Threshold Modernism: New Public Women and the Literary Spaces of Imperial London (Cambridge UP, 2019), which treats gender and race in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British and Anglophone literature. Liz is currently at work on three new projects operating at various scales: she is examining the cultural geography of writers of color in London at the height of empire through the work of several forgotten figures; she is using computational methods to map the intersection of gender and geography across a corpus of 10,000 digitized texts; and, in her current book project, she is examining airplanes and aerial views in British and Anglophone literature and culture. She has been very active in The Space Between, including service on the Society’s Advisory Board. She may be reached at evansef@gmail.com.

Megan Faragher, Web Manager (2020), is Associate Professor of English at Wright State University, Lake Campus, where her research interests include interwar literature, information culture, propaganda, and social psychology. She has published articles and essays in Textual Practice, The Space Between Journal, and Literature & History. She also has essays in the collections Humans at Work in the Digital Age (2019) and Twenty-First-Century British Fiction and the City (2018). She is currently completing a manuscript on the relationship between public opinion polling and interwar culture titled Public Opinion in Mid-Century British Literature: The Psychographic Turn.

Carmenita Higginbotham, Chair of the Conference Program Committee, is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Virginia who teaches in the Art Department and the American Studies program. She regularly lectures on the history of American art, popular visual culture, and art film. Higginbotham’s research has explored how, in early 20th-century art, the concept of the city has had an impact on representation. She explored this topic and more in her book The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh and American Art, which considers complexities of African American representation in 1930s realist, urban painting. Higginbotham’s range of academic interests also extend into the world of Disney. She teaches UVA courses on Disney’s impact on American popular culture and was featured in the PBS American Experience documentary on Walt Disney in 2015. Higginbotham is the Conference Organizer for the 22nd meeting of the Space Between Society, which will be held at UVA in June 2021.

ADVISORY BOARD

Sarah Cornish (2017; 2020) is an Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Northern Colorado where she teaches courses in transatlantic modernism, modern women writers, the middlebrow, and film studies. She is co-founder of the Feminist inter/Modernist Association, and her research on the modern city and material culture in interwar and midcentury literature and film focuses particularly on women writers and makers. Her articles and reviews have been published in Feminist Modernist StudiesTwentieth Century LiteratureVirginia Woolf Miscellany,The Space Between Journal, Woolf Studies Annual, and The Rocky Mountain Review. She has a chapter forthcoming in the MLA volume “Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English” edited by Janine Utell. She co-edited Woolf and the City: Selected Papers from the Nineteenth Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf (Clemson UP, 2010). Sarah organized the joint conference of The Space Between and FiMA at UNC in 2018 and has been a member of The Space Between Society since 2013. On Twitter, you can find Sarah @secornish and FiMA @FiMAssociation.

Stella Deen (2015; 2018) is Associate Professor of English and World Literature at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she teaches twentieth-century British literature.  Her research and teaching interests include middlebrow and modernist studies, periodical studies, and gender studies.  She has published on World War 1 and interwar women writers such as Enid Bagnold, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Elizabeth Bowen, and E.H. Young. A current project focused on Clemence Dane concerns middlebrow literary criticism and guidance to readers.  A chapter on this topic appears in Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period (Edinburgh U P 2017).

Paula Derdiger (2018) is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches modern and contemporary British and global Anglophone literature, as well as film studies. Her scholarly interests center on the midcentury but span multiple cultures and media contexts. She has published essays on Elizabeth Bowen, Colin MacInnes, Elizabeth Taylor, and Billy Wilder, and she is completing a book on British realist literature and housing in the aftermath of World War II.

Carmenita Higginbotham (2019) is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Virginia who teaches in the Art Department and the American Studies program. She regularly lectures on the history of American art, popular visual culture, and art film. Higginbotham’s research has explored how, in early 20th-century art, the concept of the city has had an impact on representation. She explored this topic and more in her book The Urban Scene: Race, Reginald Marsh and American Art, which considers complexities of African American representation in 1930s realist, urban painting. Higginbotham’s range of academic interests also extend into the world of Disney. She teaches UVA courses on Disney’s impact on American popular culture and was featured in the PBS American Experience documentary on Walt Disney in 2015. Higginbotham is the Conference Organizer for the 22nd meeting of the Space Between Society, which will be held at UVA in June 2021.

Phyllis Lassner, Honorary Member (2010) is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University.  Her publications have focused on interwar and wartime British women writers, as well as on Holocaust representation.  In addition to two books on Elizabeth Bowen, she authored British Women Writers of World War II, Colonial Strangers: British Women Writing the End of Empire,and Anglo-Jewish Women Writing the Holocaust. Her most recent publications include Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film and essays on Holocaust refugee art and British and Polish post-Holocaust film and theater.  She was awarded the International Diamond Jubilee Fellowship at Southampton University, UK and co-edited the 2017 special issue of The Space Between journal on the subject of “Espionage as Cultural Artifact.” She is a past co-President of the Space Between and serves on the Education and Exhibition Committees of the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Michael McCluskey (2018) is a Lecturer in the CAS Writing Program at Boston University. He was previously Lecturer in English at the University of York, a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London, and a Fellow at metaLAB (at) Harvard. His research looks at literature and film from (mostly) the 1920s and 30s to consider the history of technology, the history of education, and the intersection of the two. He is co-editor, with Kristin Bluemel, of Rural Modernity in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2018) and co-editor, with Luke Seaber, of Aviation in the Literature and Culture of Interwar Britain (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan). He is currently writing a monograph on 1930s British documentary and continuing research about amateur film, alternative education, and queer economies in the interwar period.

Luke Seaber (2020) is Tutor in Modern European Culture on the University Preparatory Certificate for the Humanities at University College London. He is author of G.K. Chesterton’s Literary Influence on George Orwell: A Surprising Irony (2012) and Incognito Social Investigation in British Literature: Certainties in Degradation (2017). He has published various articles and chapters on British literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is co-editor (with Michael McCluskey) of Aviation in the Literature and Culture if Interwar Britain and (with Nick Hubble and Elinor Taylor) the volume on the 1930s in the Bloomsbury Decades of Fiction series (both forthcoming 2020).

Aimee Armande Wilson (2019) is Assistant Professor of Humanities at the University of Kansas, where she teaches classes in gender and reproduction in modern literature. She is the author of Conceived in Modernism: The Aesthetics and Politics of Birth Control (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).  Her current book project considers the relationship between masculinity and pregnancy in interwar literature.