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1999 Summer

Media: Old and New



Call for Papers-- SLS 2000



Society for Literature and Science
2000 Conference
Oct 5-8, 2000
Sheraton Colony Square, Atlanta.



Send panel (or paper) proposals to Hugh Crawford;
e-mail submissions preferred.
hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu



or via US Mail:
School of LCC
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165



Deadline: March 15, 2000



http://www.SLS2000.lcc.gatech.edu



Reminder: Please don't forget to renew your SLS membership for 2000.



Information on SLS '99

SLS 1999 Conference: Executive Board and Business Meeting





President Susan Squier noted the society has moved to welcome art as a
conference topic bridging the two cultures divide. First Vice-President
Hugh Crawford indicated that SLS2000 (see enclosed call for papers)
will
continue this trend by encouraging an alliance with literature and
medicine
scholars. Concerns about dropping membership were considered in the
context
of revamping the newsletter and producing an on-line membership
directory,
activities that are in progress with the assistance of Johns Hopkins
Journal staff.  Ron Schleifer, Pamela Gossin, Peter Barker, and Hugh
Crawford were congratulated for their success in organizing the
conference
program, and Luis O. Arata was introduced as the new Member-at-Large. 
Jim
Bono reported on the society's journal, Configurations, including on
future
issues and the excellent staff support of Suzanne Black at Georgia
Tech.
In the absence of the University of Michigan Press editors Kate Hayles
and
Stephanie Smith, Susan Squier reported on the health and continued
excellent prospects for the SLS book series.



Financial Report

Preliminary Financial Report for 1998-99

Prepared by Carol Colatrella, Executive Director,  October 1, 1999

Balance, on hand 9/30/98:      
      Wachovia Bank, Atlanta    
$11,036.38
      Fleet Bank, Worcester    
3,441.00
      balance     14,477.38
 
Income:      
      Dues (SLS share from Hopkins UP)
    6,981.00
      Configurations dividend    
4,085.00
      Royalties from U Michigan P    
21.89
      Donations-Schachterle Prize    
250.00
      Donations-Bruns Prize    
250.00
      Net revenue from U Florida/SLS98
    4,770.00
      Interest on Fleet account    
21.54
      TOTAL INCOME     16,379.43
 
Expenses:      
      U Florida/SLS98      
      - 3 travel awards     600
      - 2 essay prizes     500
      Configurations      
      - SLS subsidy to Georgia Tech
    2,350.00
      - return of dividend to Georgia Tech
    4,085.00
      - Iowa State Bibliographical assistant
    895.00
      Configurations expenses after Hopkins UP costs
    7,330.00
      Decodings      
      - Georgia Tech and GSU assistants
    376.00
      - printing     2,257.00
      - postage     1,650.00
      Decodings subtotal    
4,283.81
      Massachusetts Incorporation Fees (89-99)
    165.00
      CPA/Tax Preparation (97-98 return)
    35.00
      Placque for service     96.70
      TOTAL EXPENSES     13,290.51
 
Balance, on hand 9/30/99:      
      Wachovia Bank, Atlanta    
14,378.17
      Fleet Bank, Worcester    
3,467.88
      balance     $17,846.05


 Reminder: Essay Prizes and Travel 
Awards


The Bruns Prize

1999 Bruns and Schachterle Essay Prizes and Travel Awards
Travel awards were presented to Sha Xin Wei of Stanford, Andrew Brown
of
the University of Virginia, Douglas Davis of Carnegie Mellon, and
Thomas
Akbari of Rutgers. This year's Bruns Prize for the best essay by a
graduate
student was won by Douglas Davis for his essay "A Hundred Million
Hydrogen
Bombs: The Cold-War Science of Geological Catastrophism."  The
Schachterle
Prize for best essay by an untenured scholar was awarded to Dr. Jennifer
S.
Tuttle for "Rewriting the West Cure: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Owen
Wister,
and the Sexual Politics of Neurasthenia," forthcoming in The Mixed
Legacy
of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, eds. Catherine Golden and Joanna Zangrando
(University of Delaware Press, forthcoming).  John Canaday's "The
Sense of
Option in Knowledge: The Blegdamveg Faust and Quantum Mechanics," a
chapter
from his forthcoming University of Wisconsin Press book, received an
honorable mention.


Call for Papers

European SLS, Brussels


First European Conference of the American Society for Literature and
Science
04/12/2000 - 04/18/2000
BRUSSELS - BELGIUM - EUROPE
Science, Literature and the Arts: Where are the Boundaries?



Science and Culture generate a very intriguing field of
interdisciplinary
scientific research that interests artists and scientists alike. But
what
about transdisciplinary research? Why is it so fascinating, why is it
so
fashionable? These questions urge a special meeting. And who does not
want
to find out what it really means to do interdisciplinary research; what
the
real differences are between European and American research; whether it
is
possible to group European and American scholars alike in an
international
transdisciplinary research network (SLSA)?



To make it all work, it is important that all presentations pertain to
science in the making. Although research findings in themselves are
evidently of
utmost importance, what should get most attention on this occasion is
how
(and why) these results of scientific inquiry are obtained.



Invited speakers
Jim Elkins, Evelynn Hammonds, John Allan Paulos, Barbara Stafford,
Frederic
Turner (USA); Jesper Hoffmeyer, Nelly Oudshoorn, Sally Shuttleworth
(EUROPE).








Deadline second call: December 1st 1999 (GMT)
Notification for acceptance of submissions: January 2000



Format
MS.Word 6+ / Times 14 pt / 250 word abstract (enclosed message)
Address: gustaaf.cornelis@village.uunet.be
Snailmail: 



	    Prof. Gustaaf C. Cornelis
	Abtsherbergstraat 12, 2500
	Lier, Belgium
	

    


Second Call for Papers


Submit a 250 word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for
consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with
the proposed session title. Please be clear in abstract about main point
of
paper. Consider theoretical orientations as well as major texts/authors
to
be considered. Include too a brief list of keywords. Please print in
block
paragraphs and include as heading:



	    (1) your name
	(2) affiliation/institution
	(3) e-mailaddress
	(4) title of paper.
	


Bear in mind that we will eventually use abstracts of accepted papers in
the
program book, so make your copy as revised and clean as possible. A
chance
to revise abstracts will be available in the spring, though clean
copy is needed at all stages since we are not yet sure in what measure
we
will be scanning, writing from disks, or xeroxing for camera ready copy
for
our master program-book files. E-mailed proposals are strongly
recommended (please 'paste' but do not send as 'attachment'). During
December, the Program Committee will begin sorting proposals and
organizing
panels (see below for program and formats; 3-4 concurrent sessions).






More Information?
Visit our WebSite: 
http://homepages.vub.ac.be/~gccornel/SLS.main.html


Prof. dr. Gustaaf C. Cornelis
Chair


Call for Papers for Special Issue of Configurations


Media, Materiality, Memory: Aspects of Intermediality.




Geoffrey-Winthrop Young and Michael Wutz seek essays for a special issue
of
Configurations,
the journal of the Society
for Literature and Science. Scheduled for publication in 2002, the
issue
intends to move beyond individual media-focused literary case studies
and
theorize on recent (and still emergent) developments in the field of
media
studies.  Issues include, but are not limited to: new theories of
inter-,
intra-, and hypermediality; new theories of media ecology; the problems
and
contingencies of media evolution; the infrastructure of information
systems
and the materialities of communication; media and cultural memory; 
media
and the formation of social coherence; theoretical cross-fertilizations
between systems theory, discourse analysis, post and/or
retro-McLuhanism.
We are also interested in contributions on the work of media theorists,
such as Harold Innis, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Virilio, Friedrich
Kittler,
Vilém Flusser, Walter Mignolo, N. Katherine Hayles, Michael
Giesecke, Jan
Assmann, and Regis Debray, among others, as well as in lesser known
media-based developments, particularly in the US, Latin America, and in
Europe.  One-page proposals by 1 January 2000; essay drafts by January
2001.  Please include a brief vita. Send to:



	Winthrop-Young
	Department of Germanic Studies
	University of British Columbia
	Vancouver, B. C., V6T 1Z1, Canada
	winthrop@unixg.ubc.ca
	
	   and
	
	Wutz
	Department of English
	1201 University Circle
	Weber State University
	Ogden UT 84408-1201
	mwutz@weber.edu.


	 

Poetry


The Third Wire II [poem]
Laurence Levine 1993

Have you ever noticed how
machines run by three wires?
Well, it is the third wire,
the one they call the ground,
that binds us to the planet.

It brings things down,
way down to
the center of the earth
close to the mother heat
that blisters rocks,
cracks the plains, and
moves the continents.

So when we talk on the telephone
or leave a message on a machine,
never mind all the rumble,
for we shall be there
pulsing in the magma,
pulling on the roots
of all the world.


 

 Membership Directory




The SLS Membership Directory is now on-line and available to current
members;
you need to use your membership number to enter that database, which is
part
of the SLS website:



	 member database
	http://sls.press.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/slsmem.cgi
	
	SLS website home page
	http://sls.press.jhu.edu
	


Your membership number appears above your name on the mailing labels
for
SLS publications and on your renewal notice for Configurations/SLS
membership, recently mailed to the address where you receive the
journal.



If members would like to change their current listing due to an
address change or to add a missing field such as institution or email
address, they can do so at:



	 http://www.press.jhu.edu/change_address.html
	


If you have not yet mailed in your renewal notice, you can add this
personal information to the form on the back of the notice and the
press
will input it into the database.  Thanks for your help in providing
this
membership service.