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The Space Between: Annual Conference in Amarillo/Canyon — June 8-10

Today on High Plains Morning, we welcomed Dr. Amy Von Lintel into the studio to discuss the upcoming annual conference of the Space Between Society. This year the topic is: "OUTSIDERS, OUTLAWS, AND OUTREACH IN THE SPACE BETWEEN, 1914-1945," with public educational events, lectures, and entertainment in Amarillo and Canyon.

If you missed the full interview, click the link at the top of this page for a comprehensive rundown on this conference,

More about this event (from Chip Chandler, WTAMU): An international scholarly society will host its 2023 conference at West Texas A&M University, offering the public several chances to learn along with attendees.

This weekend, catch the 2023 Space Between Conference, themed “Outsiders, Outlaws and Outreach in the Space Between,” that will be hosted on campus at WTAMU (Canyon, TX) at Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, as well as in Amarillo, from June 8 to 10.

The society was created in 1997 to enhance interdisciplinary study of the period between 1914 and 1945, between and including World War I and World War II.

“This period is the period that leads us to where we are today,” said Dr. Bonnie Roos, conference co-organizer and WT professor of English, research director for the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, and head of the Department English, Philosophy and Modern Languages. “The complexities and problems that arose then are the same questions we’re dealing with in our own day, like sexuality, race, gender, the rise of technology, the conflict between urban and rural spaces.”

Those issues—then and now—make Canyon a particularly well-qualified location to host the conference, said conference co-organizer Dr. Amy Von Lintel, professor of art history and director of gender studies.

“Some of the themes of this period played out so uniquely in this era,” Von Lintel said. “I’m excited to share this with the scholars who travel here for the conference. They’ll learn more about this area and teach us about their own regions.”

Scholars are expected to travel here from across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

Conference-goers will present their research on a variety of topics during panel presentations each day. Topics will include myth and reality, women writers, modernism, the Black experience, war and peace, avant-garde art, music, labor relations, urban outreach, the media, aviation and more.

WT art students will be featured in an exhibition of readymade art, inspired by the groundbreaking work of French artist Marcel Duchamp. The show will be on view in the Dord Fitz Formal Art Gallery in Mary Moody Northen Hall on the WT campus during the conference.

WT’s Distinguished Lecture Series will cohost two public keynote addresses during the conference: “Did Modernism Reach Texas, 1914-1945?” by Dr. José E. Limón at 11 a.m. June 9, and “Designing Her Own Tradition: Placemaking in the Art and Career of Loïs Mailou Jones” by Dr. Rebecca VanDiver at 4:45 p.m. June 9.

Both free events will take place in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex Recital Hall on the WT campus in Canyon.

In addition to the keynotes, the public may attend several other events during the conference.

At 7 p.m. June 8, Dr. Dustin Tahmakhera of the University of Oklahoma will present “Now Starring Quanah Parker: Comanches Playing Comanches in Silent Films,” including a screening of film clips with a discussion in the Derrick Room at the Panhandle-Plans Historical Museum.

Tahmakhera’s appearance is funded by WT’s Guest Artist Series.

Amarillo poet Seth Wieck will give a reading from his work “Ulysses Arrives in Amarillo” at 8:30 p.m. June 9 at Six Car Pub & Brewery, 625 S. Polk St. in Amarillo.

At 7 p.m. June 10, the conference will host a Roaring ’20s-themed reception and dance with live music in the Jack B. Kelley Legacy Hall.

A full schedule will be available at SpaceBetweenSociety.com.

The Space Between Society studies the 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.


AT-A-GLANCE LISTING: Public Events for Space Between Conference at WTAMU (Canyon, TX) and Amarillo: June 8 to 10, 2023
Hosts: Drs. Bonnie Roos and Amy Von Lintel

Thurs., June 8, 7:00-8:00pm: Presentation – PPHM Derrick Room
“Now Starring Quanah Parker: Comanches Playing Comanches in Silent Films”
Dr. Dustin Tahmahkera, Enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma
Wick Cary Endowed Chair in Native American Cultural Studies, University of Oklahoma

Friday, June 9, 11:00am-12:15pm: Keynote 1, FAC Recital Hall
“Did Modernism Reach Texas, 1914-1945?: Mexican-American Outsiders and the Sexual Space in Between” ~ Dr. José E. Limón, Professor of English, Emeritus;
University of Notre Dame

Friday, June 9, 4:45-6:00pm: Keynote 2, FAC Recital Hall
“Designing Her Own Tradition: Placemaking in the Art and Career of Loïs Mailou Jones” ~ Dr. Rebecca VanDiver, Associate Professor of African American Art; Vanderbilt University

Friday June 9, 8:30-9:30pm: Poetry Reading, 6 Car Pub & Brewery, Amarillo (Upstairs Bar): Seth Wieck, “Ulysses Arrives in Amarillo”

Saturday, June 10, 7:00-10:00pm: Closing Reception & Dance with live music; WTAMU Campus, Legacy Hall, JBK. Roaring ‘20s theme!

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.