intervalla: platform for intellectual exchange is an interdisciplinary online journal published by Franklin University Switzerland, providing a forum for researchers of all disciplines to share thoughts on the evolving nature of human experiences. This issue of intervalla, edited by Franklin Associate Professor Dr. Alexandra Peat with editorial assistance from Kaley Kiermayr ‘16, takes modernism as its topic and aims to illuminate and reflect on the current state of modernist studies.

The seven diverse essays collected here represent a variety of new approaches to modernism across multiple genres, studying topics such as the intersection of art and science and the role of the marketplace. Engaging with our modernist past from a variety of angles, the essays range from examinations of material culture, to themes of genetics and aging, to considerations of class, race, and gender, to constructions of literary and book history.

The subject of modernism, evidenced by the broad range of discussions within this issue of intervalla, is intensely multifaceted, representing the intersectional culture of teaching, research, and collaboration at Franklin University Switzerland.

Peat notes that “as intervalla is an important example of our vibrant research culture here on campus, I was pleased to have the opportunity to edit a volume and work with an editorial board made up of some of my Franklin colleagues. The issue includes contributors from around Europe and North America, and being able to publish their wonderful work in a peer reviewed journal published by Franklin is a great example of our active research community.”

The connectivity of the Franklin community is especially evident in this issue with Franklin alumna Kaley Kiermayr collaborating alongside Peat as an editorial assistant. Kiermayr graduated from Franklin with a degree in Literature in 2016, and is continuing her studies as a graduate student in the Publishing and Writing Program at Emerson College. The tight-knit community fostered by Franklin’s liberal arts education created a perfect opportunity for Peat and Kiermayr to reconnect and work together on intervalla.

According to Peat, “working on intervalla with Kaley also provided a really nice opportunity to reconnect with a former student. To me, one of the things that was so enjoyable about the process was to experience working together no longer as professor and student but as collaborators and colleagues.”

The latest issue of intervalla is now available online: