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2011 Summer

 DECODINGS 
Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 			 
Summer 2011, Vol. 20, No.4

*SLSA 2011, Kitchener-Waterloo—CONFERENCE UPDATE
*PRIZES AND AWARDS
*SLSA EU UPDATE AND 2012 CONFERENCE

SLSA 2011, Kitchener-Waterloo—CONFERENCE UPDATE

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  

The program committee will soon send out responses to those who proposed
papers or panels. Please contact Melissa Littlefield (mml@illinois.edu),
Susan Squier (sxs62@psu.edu), or Robert Markley (rmarkley@illinois.edu)
with questions.

This year’s conference in Kitchener/Waterloo, Ontario, is promising to
be quite an extravaganza. In addition to our usual array of exciting
panels and celebrity plenary speakers (Bernard Stiegler and Isabelle
Stengers), the conference will also host an exhibition at the Critical
Media Lab, following our theme of Pharmakon. The work in this show will
range from bronze cast pharmaceuticals, to antique syringes filled with
red dye from Bible covers, to an interactive conversation with
Wittgenstein designed to be played with the left hand. Delegates will
also have a chance to experience CAFKA, Kitchener’s biennial of public
art, including locative interventions by the geo-art group Spurse and
architectural mutations by west coast artist Reece Terris. Finally,
THEMUSEUM will be hosting an exhibition of computational art, including
classic work by Manfred Mohr, Alan Rath, and Peter Vogel, in addition to
a major new digital installation by David Rokeby. 

For additional details, including online registration and hotel booking,
please visit the blog-style conference web site, which evolves as new
information becomes available: http://litsciarts.org/slsa11/ .

Delta Hotel Discount Deadline: August 22, 2011
Conference Registration Deadlines/Fees: 
	By September 15: Faculty $190, Students $100
	After September 15: Faculty $210, Students $115
	At the Conference: Faculty $225, Students $125

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
www.litsciarts.org.
PLEASE NOTE: Conference participants should note the early date of the
2011 meeting and should observe the registration deadline. Making travel
arrangements in a timely way is also recommended. 

BOOK + ART PANELS: The SLSA Publications Committee has solicited
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. Thanks to the Publications Committee--Ron
Broglio, Elizabeth Wilson, and Rob Mitchell for organizing panels that
will discuss books including Susan Squier’s Poultry Science, Chicken
Culture (2011); Brendon Larson’s Metaphors for Environmental
Sustainability: Redefining our Relationship with Nature (2011); Rich
Doyle, Darwin's Pharmacy (2011); and Thierry Bardini’s Junkware (2011).
Panels that involve artists and curators will be arranged in a special
conference stream to be held at THEMUSEUM.  

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.  

SLSA MICHELLE KENDRICK MEMORIAL BOOK PRIZE: SLSA holds an annual
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.Books were due June 1 to Robert Markley. 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. Please send them suggestions
of individuals who could be honored in this way.

UPDATE FROM SLSA-Europe: SLSA-Europe has entered a new phase of its
development. The arduous process of obtaining non-profit tax-exempt
status for its incorporation in Germany has been resolved, thanks to the
tireless work of outgoing president Sabine Flach, who has taken a new
position with SVA, New York, and Gerhard
Scharbert, Berlin. The new president is Yves Abrioux, Paris 8; Bergit
Arends, Natural History Museum, London, continues as vice president; and
Manuela Rossini, td-net, University of Bern, has been elevated to
Executive Director. The current advisory board is Steve Weininger
(honorary), WPI, Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech, and Carol Colatrella (ex
officio), Georgia Tech. The board welcomes additional members from
currently unrepresented countries.

SLSA Europe 2012 Conference, London, from Bergit Arends: We are also
pleased to announce that the next SLSA EU conference will take place in
London from 21 to 23 June 2012. The “Supersonix” conference will create
an interdisciplinary platform for the exploration of sound. This will
include the exploration of the complexity of sound perception and
production, sound and environment, the cultural history of listening,
alongside the latest developments in scientific research, technological
processes and advances in capturing and generating sound. The conference
event will play with the conference format itself, with every day taking
on a different identity and a different structure. We seek to address
the relationship between scientists, artistic practicioners and
academics by offering different formats for presentations from
demonstrations of experiments, performances, lectures, workshops and
panel discussions. The first conference programme will be made public in
the early autumn (2011), alongside a “Call for Papers.” The conference
is a partnership between SLSA EU and the Exhibition Road Cultural Group
(ERCG), whose world-famous colleges, museums, performance venues,
cultural institutes, and scientific research laboratories will host the
conference. In the run-up to the conference four “Supersonix” research
residencies will be offered by each of the following institutions: the
Royal College of Art, the Royal College of Music, Science Museum and
Victoria and Albert Museum. The research residency artists will be
announced in September. The conference will be accompanied by a series
of site-specific sound installations on Exhibition Road, commissioned by
the Goethe Institute and curated by Carsten Seiffarth (Berlin). The
Annual General Meeting of SLSA EU will take place in London on Wednesday
20 June 2012, in the late afternoon.

____________________________________________________________________________________
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board,
2010-2012

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
Urbana-Champaign
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
(wmiller@law.duke.edu)

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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