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Call for papers
SLS2001, Buffalo, NY October 11-14, 2001
The Accountability of Scientific and Medical
SLS 2001 will focus upon the production of
accounts, histories, narratives, images, diagrams,
tabulations (vote counts?), their circulation and
interpretation in a world of discourse networks,
software agents, and hybrid actants; laboratories,
pharmacies, and clinics; soft bodies and hard data.
And, equally, the accountability of cultural subjects
as ethical agents negotiating discourses of gender
and ethnicity, money and class, and the authority of
technological, medical, and biological explanation.
Proposals addressing these issues, and others as
well, are welcome.
Plenary Speaker: Elizabeth Grosz
The Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel
Special Conference Room Rates:
$109 Single or Double; $119 Triples or Quads
Local Arrangements Chair: Jim Bono
Program Chair: Jim Swan
Send panel (or paper) proposals to Jim Swan
(e-mail submissions preferred) firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, via US mail:
Department of English
306 Clemens Hall
SUNY at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260
Deadline: March 15, 2001
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operations. Thanks to LCC staff at Georgia
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SLS2002: Advance Planning Notice
The 2002 SLS meeting will be held in Pasadena,
CA, October 10-13. A Call for Papers, with more
details about the meeting, will be issued
sometime next year. For now, please save the
dates, and start thinking about organizing a session
or contributing a paper. Any suggestions about
themes, plenary speakers, or anything else should
be addressed to Jay Labinger, email@example.com
SLS provides a limited number of travel awards for
underfunded individuals attending the annual
conference. Members of SLS who participate in the
annual conference may apply for travel subsidies.
An applicant should email name, title of SLS
presentation, any information about funding for the
conference, and an indication of how long one has
been a member to Carol Colatrella at firstname.lastname@example.org
by September 1.
SLS officers will review the applications and
approve funds for one to three individuals. Each
person awarded funds will be presented with a
$200 check at the conference.
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 and Science. Graduate
students wishing to have their essays considered
for the $250 prize should submit them by
September 1 to
N. Katherine Hayles
Department of English
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530.
The Schachterle Essay Prize
Lance Schachterle, SLS founding president, 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. Authors wishing to submit
essays (published or accepted for publication)
should send them prior to September 1 to the SLS
Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165
please label envelope "Schachterle Submission."
NOTE: Essay awards are presented during the
Business Meeting of the annual conference. One
may submit only one entry to one of the two essay
Congratulations to our new officers
Second Vice-President: Eve Keller of Fordham
University and incoming Member-at-Large Bruce
Clarke of Texas Tech University.
Elections in 2001
Nominations or self-nominations for Member at
Large (post to be vacated in 2001) should be sent
by April 1, 2001, to any member of the Nominating
Committee: Susan Squier email@example.com,
Congratulations to 200 schachterle and Bruns essay prize
Richard Menke of Stanford University and Rebecca
Knell of the University of Virginia.
Susan Squier's Note on SLS2000,
Atlanta, Executive Board Meeting
Hugh would send in the forms reincorporating
the SLS as a 5013C corporation in the state of
Massachusetts. Lance will be the 'officer'
designated to act in Massachusetts.
Jim and Lance will work together to make a set
of instructions about AV use at conventions, and
will both circulate those instructions by e-mail
and make a hard copy to put in the "Information for
SLS Conference Organizers" booklet.
Jim will talk to Hopkins and ask what the
consequences would be of both possible ways of
handling the bibliography space crisis in
Configurations: going to an electronic format, or
asking members to pay extra for a specially printed
bibliography volume. Sue Hagedorn is going to be
working on improving the website so Jim might
report Hopkins's responses to her. Jim
will also ask Hopkins to do more careful mailings
(or e-mailings) prompting people to renew their
Susan's notes on Wrap-up Commentary
Take seriously the importance of abstracts to the
conference, both to bring in the work of new
people, to act as archives, and to publicize
Provide a cross-referenced list of participants,
contact information, interests, to make more
Provide web-linked computers at the conference
The conference should run for the full 3 days
(Thurs noon to Sun noon) with fewer concurrent
sessions, in order to create more context for
What about doing a poster session?
Evening sessions should be less intellectually
difficult, more entertaining.
There should be fewer [or no] evening
There should be a dance!
There should be only one plenary.
Build in more slots for unstructured
conversation (the reception Saturday night was a
good example of that, & worked very well.)
Provide directions to the conference site from
the airport on the web, so people can avoid
expensive transportation in.
Return to the tradition of always having one
scientist plenary speaker.
Include informal brown bag lunches.
Do some fund-raising for the conference; talk
to Jim Paxton on that.
Make sure the conference organizer has
secretarial or professional
conference planner help.
Drop the 10 minute time-limit for talks in
Have workshop sessions that put the
papers on the web in a pass-word-coded site
beforehand, so that more people can be involved &
share their work. Workshops should have a
Time slots for papers in same general area
should not overlap.
People should not read their papers.
Organizer should attempt to build in all
different conference constituencies.
Sessions work well with fewer participants,
Return to guest scholar sessions, possibly with
People should be asked if they need to do AV
stuff, & urged not to unless it's necessary. People
should be asked to contribute financially to
the cost of using high tech AV: people generally
thought $15-$25 contributions were reasonable.
Comment that these suggestions
notwithstanding, the conference was a
very satisfying one, intellectually & socially.
Suggestion that Karen Barad, a physicist who
currently heads women's studies at Mt. Holyoke,
should be contacted to bring her and the scientists
with whom she is connected, into the SLS orbit.
Society for Literature and Science
Financial Report for 1999-2000: Prepared by Carol Colatrella, as
Balance, on hand 9/30/99
Wachovia Bank, Atlanta
Fleet Bank, Worcester
Dues (SLS share from Hopkins UP)
Ad Income Decodings
U Oklahoma/SLS99--4 Travel Awards
SLS99--2 Essay Prizes
SLS subsidy to Brussels conference
bank wire fee
--to Georgia Tech
--return of dividend to Georgia Tech
--Iowa State Bibliographical assistant
Configurations expenses SLS
Decodings (3 issues) & Ballot
--Georgia Tech assistants
Decodings& ballot expense total
Mass. Tax Filing Fee (98-99)
Mass. Incorporation Fee (98-99)
CPA/Tax Preparation (98-99 returns)
Placque for service
Balance, on hand 9/30/00
Wachovia Bank, Atlanta
Fleet Bank, Worcester