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2011 Winter

Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts         
Winter 2011, Vol. 20, No.2



25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts 
PLACE: Kitchener, Ontario
VENUES: Delta Hotel Kitchener, THEMUSEUM, Critical Media Lab (all within
three short city blocks) 
DATES: September 22-25, 2011  
SITE COORDINATOR: Marcel O’Gorman, University of Waterloo 
PROGRAM CHAIRS: Melissa Littlefield and Robert Markley, U. of Illinois;
Susan Squier, Penn State University.  
SLSA MEMBERSHIP: Participants in the 2011 conference must be 2011
members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more
information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at
PLEASE NOTE: Conference participants should note the early date of the
2011 meeting and should observe the submission deadline. Making travel
arrangements in a timely way is also recommended. 

The theme for 2011 is “PHARMAKON,” that which can both kill
and cure. From Socrates’ hemlock to nuclear radiation, the
pharmakon offers an opportunity to explore the concept of indeterminacy
as it applies to a number of research topics, including the following:
•   bioarts
•   critical media theory
•   bioethics
•   medical humanities
•   new frontiers in digital media
•   animal studies
•   environmentalism and ecological studies
•   new directions in rhetoric and writing studies
•   the history and philosophy of science
•   gender and/in science studies
PLEASE NOTE: This is an open conference where a wide range of work will
be welcome. Proposed topics can represent ANY work in literature and
science, history of science, philosophy of science, science and art, or
science studies. 

Plenary speakers for 2011 are BERNARD STIEGLER (Institut de Recherche et
d’Innovation, Author of Technics and Time, etc.) and ISABELLE
STENGERS (Université de Bruxelles, author of Cosmopolitics, etc.).

For panel contributions, submit a 250-word abstract with title.
Pre-organized panels for consideration can contain an additional summary
paragraph along with proposed session title.  Submit abstracts for
papers/proposals for sessions and register at

NEW FOR 2011: Poster Presentations. Poster presentations are
traditionally under the purview of scientific conferences. This year,
SLSA would like to challenge the boundaries of the poster presentation
as well as provide space for more scientists to get involved with the
society. If you would like to present your research in the form of a
poster, we will have dedicated space to do so. Presenters will have an
opportunity to discuss their work informally, and they MUST attend the
conference to display their work.

THE “A” IN SLSA: This year’s conference will include,
among other interventions, bicycle tours of contemporary public art. For
2011, we are teaming up with THEMUSEUM of Kitchener and the Contemporary
Art Forum of Kitchener + Area (CAFKA). THEMUSEUM will exhibit a
retrospective of computational art entitled Rethinking Art & Machine
(RAM), and CAFKA will hold its biennial festival of public art, which
will provide a larger context for the conference. The theme for CAFKA
2011 is “survive.resist”. This collaboration is designed to
place more emphasis on the “A” in SLSA. To this end, we
welcome panel proposals from artists and scholars interested in public
art and the theme of “survive.resist,” in addition to
arts-oriented papers and panels on the theme of “PHARMAKON.”

         We invite proposals from artists for an SLSA exhibition to be
held in the Critical Media Lab. Proposals will be considered in the
context of the conference theme of “PHARMAKON.” Please visit
the Critical Media Lab web site to better understand the context for
this exhibition (http://criticalmedia.uwaterloo.ca). Artistic proposals
must include a 1-2-page description that clearly outlines the project
and its relationship to “Pharmakon,” as well as technical
and space requirements. Artists must also provide up to five (5) pages
of images and/or a URL to a web site that clearly illustrates the
proposed work and/or previous work that is relevant to the proposal.
Address all submissions and questions to Marcel O’Gorman
(marcel@uwaterloo.ca). Participating artists will have full access to
all conference activities, and will not have to pay registration fees or
SLSA dues. They will also be eligible for SLSA Travel Awards (see

BOOK + ART PANELS: The SLSA Publications Committee is soliciting
proposals from published authors, artists, and curators who wish to
discuss their RECENT work in a longer format than a regular panel
presentation. The panel will consist of the author/artist/curator and
two respondents/commentators. Please send a brief proposal or
nomination, and a list of possible respondents/commentators to Ron
Broglio (Ronald.Broglio@asu.edu), who will share proposals with others
on the Publications Committee (Elizabeth Wilson and Rob Mitchell).

TRAVEL AWARDS: SLSA provides a limited number of travel awards for
underfunded individuals attending the annual conference. Members of SLSA
who present at the annual conference may apply for travel subventions.
An applicant should email name, title of SLSA presentation, an
indication of how long one has been a member of SLSA, and any
information about funding for the conference to the Executive Director
at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu by August 1. Please provide estimated
travel expenses and the amount of support (if any) anticipated from
other sources. If you have received travel support from SLSA in the
past, please include information about that support (when and how much).
SLSA officers will review applications and approve funds for as many as
our budget permits; preference will be given to students and those most
in need. Each person awarded funds will be presented with a check at the
conference business meeting.  

BRUNS ESSAY PRIZE: The Bruns Graduate Essay Prize, in honor of Edward F.
Bruns, is awarded annually to the best essay written by a graduate
student member of SLSA. Graduate students wishing to have their essays
considered for the $250 prize should submit them by August 1 to N.
Katherine Hayles, Department of English, Duke University, via electronic
mail to katherine.hayles@duke.edu. Please send a copy of your formatted
essay as a PDF or Word file, or send a pointer to a URL where the essay
is posted.  

SCHACHTERLE ESSAY PRIZE: Lance Schachterle, founding president of the
society, established an annual prize of $250 in honor of his parents to
recognize the best new essay on literature and science written in
English by a non-tenured scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit
essays (published or accepted for publication) should send them prior to
August 1 to the Executive Director via electronic mail to
carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu. Please send a copy of your formatted
essay as a PDF or Word file, or send a pointer to a URL where the essay
is posted.  

competition for the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize awarded each
year to the best academic book on literature, science, and the arts
published by an SLSA member. Established in the fall of 2006 in memory
of Michelle Kendrick of Washington State University-Vancouver, an
energetic, well-loved scholar of literature and science and long-time
member of SLSA, the Kendrick Prize is open to any book of original
scholarship on literature, science, and the arts published between
January 1 and December 31 of the prior year. The winner will receive
$250.00. To have your book considered for the Kendrick Prize, please
send (or have your publisher send) three copies by June 1 to: Professor
Robert Markley, Department of English, 608 South Wright Street,
University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801 Donations for the Kendrick
Prize (checks made out to SLSA, with Kendrick Prize in memo) can be sent
to: Carol Colatrella, SLSA Executive Director, LCC, Georgia Tech, 686
Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165  
Note: Awards described above will be presented during the Business
Meeting of the annual fall conference. One may submit only one entry to
one of the two essay prize competitions.

SLSA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  The SLSA Executive Committee will each
year appoint a committee to seek and review nominations for the SLSA
Lifetime Achievement award. Members of this committee will include a
former President of SLSA, who will serve as chair, one currently serving
member at large, and one other SLSA member. The Lifetime Achievement
Awards Committee will send out an announcement asking members to
nominate candidates whose significant interdisciplinary scholarship is
exemplary of SLSA. The committee will
then review nominations from the membership to select a recipient of the
award or to decide not to make an award for that year. In years when an
award is made, it will be presented at the business meeting of the
annual conference. The 2012 Lifetime Achievement committee is chaired by
Kate Hayles of Duke University (katherine.hayles@duke.edu). Trace
Reddell and Kevin LaGrandeur are members. 


Suzanne Black
I am an assistant professor of English at the State University of New
York’s College at Oneonta, where I teach world literature and
professional writing. My research focuses on two main areas: science in
modern poets like Auden, Pessoa, and Rukeyser; and the role of images in
biotechnology and molecular biology. Since attending my first SLS
meeting in Atlanta in 1996, I have regularly presented these projects at
SLSA. In addition, I served as the Editorial Assistant for
Configurations and the Society Assistant from 1998 to 2000, helping
track essay submissions and assembling Decodings. Thus, I possess prior
experience with SLSA at the same time as I welcome the opportunity to
give back to an association whose members have long encouraged my
scholarship. If elected as member-at-large, I would continue our current
outreach to artists and scientists and assist in forging new links
between the Society and publishers (I am particularly excited about the
latter because I teach a class on publishing at SUNY-Oneonta). Possible
new projects include the forging of mentoring relationships between
newer and more established scholars and the addition of a seminar format
to our annual meeting. Thank you to the membership for considering my

Sam Kimball
I am new to your organization, which is the most stimulating and
collegial association I have encountered in 30 years of teaching. I am
interested in bringing my years of administrative experience (I am chair
of the English department at the University of North Florida) to bear on
the Executive Board's pragmatic work (for example, advertising the
association, organizing the annual conference, and otherwise helping get
the word out about the nature of the intellectual work that members of
SLSA are undertaking) in terms of the cross-disciplinary research from
which SLSA takes its name. In this regard, I am motivated to help SLSA
reach more of the increasing number of scholars who are interested in
the multi-focused, rhizomatic, or otherwise hybrid inquiries that SLSA
makes available concerning literature, the sciences, and the arts. In
this regard, I think SLSA members are in the vanguard in bringing forth
the profound convergences between a range of intellectual developments
(for example, deconstruction, evolutionary biology and psychology, the
cognitive sciences, computational thinking, and the study what Brian
Rotman characterizes as the emergence of a new kind of first-person
reflexive act, a new kind of "I," a digital "I"). Because I believe that
SLSA is helping to reconfigure knowledge in terms of new categories,
categories that call from the future, I am excited about helping SLSA
can gain a still wider audience. Thank you for your consideration. 

Paul A. Youngman
I am Associate Professor of German Studies at the University of North
Carolina Charlotte where I direct the Center for Advanced Research in
the Humanities within our Complex Systems Institute.  My research
centers on the German literary and cultural reception of various
technologies.  My monographs, Black Devil and Iron Angel and We are the
Machine, deal with the railway and computing technologies respectively. 
Most recently, my focus has been on a comparative analysis of the
cultural reception of nanotechnology in the U.S. and Germany.  I have
been a member of SLSA since 2003 and have served as local arrangements
co-coordinator for the 2004 conference in Durham, NC and the 2008
conference in Charlotte, NC.  I am not running for member-at-large
because I see any glaring deficiencies in the way SLSA is run. We have a
robust organization and our annual meetings are a highlight of my
intellectual year.  I would, however, like to see more representation
from colleagues who specialize in world literature and area studies
beyond the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.  We tend, quite naturally,
draw excellent colleagues from Departments of English and these
colleagues are the backbone of our organization, but if we can diversify
even more, we can further strengthen SLSA.  One way to achieve this is
to have a representative from languages or area studies on the executive

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board,

President: Richard Nash, Indiana University
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Laura Otis, Emory University
Second Vice-President: Robert Markley, University of Illinois at
Members-at-Large: John Bruni, Grand Valley State University; Kevin
LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology; Melissa Littlefield,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Past Presidents:  Alan Rauch, University of North Carolina-Charlotte;
Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University; Eve Keller, Fordham University; Jay
Labinger, California Institute of Technology; T. Hugh Crawford, Georgia
Tech; Susan Squier, Penn State; Sidney Perkowitz, Emory University;
Stuart Peterfreund, Northeastern University; James J. Bono,
SUNY-Buffalo; N. Katherine Hayles, UCLA; Mark Greenberg, Drexel
University; Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen
J. Weininger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Configurations Editors: Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University
(bruce.clarke@ttu.edu); Alan Rauch, University of North
Carolina-Charlotte (arauch@uncc.edu)
Configurations Book Review Editors: John Bruni, Grand Valley State
University; Jodie Nicotra, University of Idaho; Allison DuShane,
University of Arizona
Publications Committee (2009-12): Ron Broglio, University of Arizona;
Rob Mitchell, Duke University; Elizabeth Wilson, Emory University
Bibliographer: Sue Hagedorn, Virginia Tech (hagedors@vt.edu)
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University

The Executive Director can be reached by phone at (404) 894-1241 or by
e-mail at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu.
Carol Colatrella, Executive Director, SLSA, Literature, Communication,
and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology, 686 Cherry Street,
Atlanta, GA  30332-0165

SLSA websites: http://www.litsciarts.org and http://slsa.press.jhu.edu


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