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2012 Winter

Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Winter
2012, Vol. 21, No.2

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS & BALLOT--to appear in issue to be printed and
mailed later this week


The 26th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the
Arts (SLSA) Sept 27-30, 2012 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA) The Hilton and
the Frontier Airlines Conference Center


From its inception, SLSA has distinguished itself from other humanistic
scholarly societies through its sustained interest in the nonhuman. Not
only does SLSA concern itself with nonhuman actants like tools, bodies,
networks, animals, climate, media, or biomes, but it is also engaged
with such nonhumanistic academic disciplines as mathematics, computing,
and the natural and physical sciences. SLSA 2012 takes up the “nonhuman
turn” that has been emerging in the arts, humanities, and social
sciences over the past few decades and welcomes proposals engaging such
ongoing SLSA interests as: actor-network theory; affect theory; animal
studies; assemblage theory; bioart; brain sciences; feminist
materialisms; neuroscience; new media theory; new materialism;
speculative realism; and systems theory.

Such varied analytical and theoretical formations obviously diverge and
disagree in many of their aims, objects, and methodologies. But they are
all of a piece in taking up aspects of the nonhuman as critical to the
future of literature, science, and the arts. Like all SLSA conferences,
however, SLSA 2012 welcomes a wide range of work. “Nonhuman” has been
chosen to organize parts of the conference and because it is a theme
with which we hope members of SLSA can find productive resonance.

Presentation proposals will be accepted through the SLSA website
http://www.litsci.org beginning in February, 2012. Individual proposals
consist of a 250-word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for
consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with
proposed session title.

SLSA MEMBERSHIP: Participants in the 2012 conference must be 2012
members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more
information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at

PROGRAM CHAIRS: Richard Grusin and Nigel Rothfels (University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Laura Otis (Emory University), and Suzanne Black
(State University of New York at Oneonta). Inquiries can be sent to
Richard (grusin@uwm.edu) or Nigel (rothfels@uwm.edu).

SLSA 2012 has received substantial support from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies (C21), Office of
Undergraduate Research, Department of Art and Design; and Dean of the
College of Letters and Science.

SLSA 2013 will be sponsored by the University of Notre Dame; Laura
Dassow Walls will organize the meeting.

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 for $200 at the conference business meeting.

The 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 the
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Graduate students wishing
to have their essays considered for the $500 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.

The Schachterle Essay Prize
Lance Schachterle, founding president of the society, has 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 nontenured
scholar . Eligible authors wishing to submit essays (published or
accepted for publication) should send them prior to August 1 to SLSA's
Executive Director, Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia Institute of
Technology 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.

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 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. The prize
will be announced at the annual SLSA conference.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 Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the prior year. The winner will
receive $250.00.
To be considered for this year's Kendrick Prize, please send three
copies of your book 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: all of the awards described above are 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 spring 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 members will nominate candidates and should collaborate on
reviewing nominations from the membership to select a recipient of the
award or to decide not to make an award for that year. The Lifetime
Achievement award will be presented at the business meeting of the
annual meeting.

SLSA BIBLIOGRAPHER NEEDED: Bibliographer Sue Hagedorn is looking for new
bibliographer to replace her when she retires in two years. The SLSA
Executive Committee is particularly interested in hearing from members
who might be interested in this position, and especially interested in
those who would like to lead the bibliography into greater integration
with the journal. Contact Sue at hagedors@vt.edu for information and to
express your interest in the position.

Call for Papers: The Evolutionary Review’s Issue on Art, Science,
Culture, Volume 4 – Spring 2013

Published by SUNY Press, TER provides a forum for evolutionary critiques
in all the fields of the arts, human sciences, and culture: essays and
reviews on film, fiction, theater, visual art, music, dance, and popular
culture; essays and reviews of books, articles, and theories related to
evolution and evolutionary psychology; and essays and reviews on
science, society, and the environment. Essays in The Evolutionary Review
implicitly affirm E. O. Wilson's vision of "consilience," and give
evidence that an evolutionary perspective can yield a richer, more
complete understanding of the world and of ourselves.

Editorial Policy
Criteria for selecting essays include depth and seriousness in
evolutionary thinking, imaginative force, and excellence of style.
Potential contributors should establish a distinct, individual point of
view, avoiding academese and neutral summary. The editors value
incisiveness and clarity, energy, wit and humor, vivid language and
striking imagery, tonal nuance, and a knack for engaging the interest of
readers. Essays should be relatively short (usually less than 4,000
words). Reviews of single books should usually be less than 1,500 words.
Illustrations, when appropriate (for instance, movie stills, art
objects, and cartoons) will be considered. Contributors must provide
permissions for any illustrations they wish to use. MLA-style citation.
Manuscripts and editorial correspondence should be addressed to
Deadline for Submissions: June 21st, 2012

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 Urbana-Champaign
Members-at-Large: Melissa Littlefield, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign (2010-2011); Suzanne Black, State University of New
York at Oneonta (2011-2013).
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 Interim
Editors: Robert Markley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma Configurations Book Review
Editors: John Bruni, Grand Valley State University; Jodie Nicotra,
University of Idaho; Allison DuShane, University of Arizona Publications
Committee: 2011-2012--Ron Broglio, University of Arizona; Rob Mitchell,
Duke University; Susan Squier, Penn State 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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