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2003 Spring

Spring 2003
vol.12, no.1


SLS 2003, Austin
Conference Information & Call for Papers (EXTENDED)


The 17th annual conference of the Society for Literature and Science
will be
held at the Marriott at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on October 23-26,

2003.
The conference theme is "Rethinking Space and Time Across Science,
Literature, and the Arts."



Keynote Speaker:
Timothy Ferris, "the best science writer of his generation"
(Joel Achenbach, The Washington Post) will give the Friday evening
plenary
address.  His ten books include the bestsellers The Whole Shebang: A
State-of-the-Universe(s) Report and Coming of Age in the Milky Way,
named
by the New York Times as two of the leading books published in the
twentieth
century.  He has received the American Institute of Physics prize, the
American Association for the Advancement of Science prize, and a
Guggenheim Fellowship.  Ferrisâs articles and essays have appeared
in
Forbes, Harper's, Life, National Geographic, Natural History, Nature,
Scientific American, The Nation, New Republic, The New York Review of
Books, and The New York Times.  He is currently emeritus professor of
journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.



Exhibit:
The conference will coincide with the major exhibition "Becoming
Modern: 1890-1939," marking the opening of the expanded facilities
of the
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC) at the University of
Texas, and the HRC will host a reception in the exhibition before
Friday
night's plenary address.



Hotel:
Austin offers many attractions, including excellent restaurants and a
lively music scene as well as the strong manuscript and archival
collections
of British, French, and American authors held by the HRC (see
<http://www.hrc.utexas.edu>).  The Marriott at the Capital will
offer a
conference rate of $124 for single, double, triple, and quad rooms.
Conference attendees should be able to extend that rate (on a
space-available basis) two days before and after the conference.  Most
major
airlines service Austin.  For more travel information, see the City of 
Austin
Web site <www.ci.austin.tx.us> under "Fast Facts."  For
more on Austin 
itself,
see the Convention & Visitors Bureau Web site
<www.austintexas.org>.



Call for Papers and Proposals:
Although the conference will put particular
focus on the themes of space and time, proposals are also welcome on
all
topics addressing the interaction of literature, the arts, new media, or

critical
theory with science and technology.  We encourage potential participants
to
use the SLS discussion list to circulate ideas for panels.  To subscribe
to 
the
list, go to <http://slsa.press.jhu.edu/bulletin.html>.



Individuals may submit abstracts (150 words) for individual papers as
well 
as
proposals for panels, usually composed of 3-4 speakers plus discussion
in a
1-1/2 hour session.  We encourage innovative proposals for papers,
panels,
round-table discussions, and any non-traditional formats.  Sessions 
involving
speakers and/or respondents that transcend disciplinary boundaries are
particularly welcome.  The deadline has been extended to May 1, 2003.



Abstracts and panel proposals should be e-mailed to both program chair
Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University <bruce.clarke@ttu.edu>, and
conference co-director Linda Dalrymple Henderson, UT/Austin
<dnehl@mail.utexas.edu>.  The conference Web site will be on-line
by
mid-February at <http://english.ttu.edu/sls2003>.



Travel Awards for SLS2003
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 subventions. 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  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.



2003 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.



2003 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. Eligible
authors
wishing to submit essays (published or accepted for publication) should
send
them prior to September 1 to the SLS Executive Director, Carol
Colatrella,
LCC, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165; please
label
envelope "Schachterle Submission."
Note: SLS travel  awards and essay prizes 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.


ALL PARTICIPANTS IN SLS2003 MUST BE SLS MEMBERS FOR THE
2003 MEMBERSHIP YEAR. CONTACT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
PRESS, JOURNALS DIVISION TO JOIN, RENEW, OR CHECK
MEMBERSHIP STATUS.  SEE BACK PAGE OF THIS NEWSLETTER FOR
HOPKINS PRESS JOURNALS DIVISION CONTACT INFORMATION.




Configurations Schedule:
Although the 2002 volumes of the journal
have experienced a delayed schedule, please be assured that all SLS
members for that year will receive them in due course.  The journal's 
editors
anticipate catching up in 2003 and request your patience until that
time.  
As
always, submissions are welcome and should be directed to Hugh
Crawford,
LCC, Georgia Tech, 686 Cherry St., Atlanta GA 30332-0165 (email:
hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu).  See guidelines for authors and other
information in the journal or on the Configurations site at Project
Muse(http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/con).  Note that SLS members can
access
issues of Configurations online through the society's Hopkins URL at
http://slsa.press.jhu.edu.



NOMINATIONS FOR MEMBER-AT-LARGE ( for a two-year term
beginning 2003 to replace Bernice Hausman and Arkady Plotnitsky) should
be directed to the chair of the nominating committee, Hugh Crawford, at
hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu.
ON RETENTION AND RECRUITMENT OF MEMBERS
by Arkady Plotnitsky, Member-at-large
Reprinted from Decodings, winter 2002



Although
SLS is a healthy and prospering organization, retention and
recruitment unavoidably remain our important tasks, which continuously
demand new ideas and new ways of implementing and disseminating them,
as both SLS and the world around it, in the academy and beyond, change.
Decodings and the Executive Board invite opinions and suggestions
(general
and specific) from the SLS members. As an impetus, here are some among
the ideas that have been discussed during the last meeting in Pasadena
(including at the Board meeting and the closing business meeting).
First, we
should more proactively expand some among the areas already present and
extending the reach of the organization to new areas, such as public
health
and disabilities studies; digitalization and its relations to art and
media;
neurosciences; and mathematics. Second, while we want to maintain the
distinct character of SLS, vis-a-vis related organizations, we want to
interact
with such organizations and, in particular, make their members more
aware of
the work we do, especially of our conferences, here and in Europe, and
Configurations. It was suggested, in this context and in general, that
we
should disseminate, digitally and otherwise, the Configurations logo
within
and beyond SLS. Third, we should continue to work on expanding the
presence and role of scientists in SLS. Inviting them more often as
plenary
speakers, as we have done this year and as we plan to do in Austin, is
one
way to pursue this task. We also want to attract a broader
participation of
faculty and graduate students from major universities, such as Ivy
league
schools, which are at present underrepresented in SLS. Our presence at
the
MLA helps this task already, since it has attracted a number of major
scholars, not previously the SLS members, as speakers. Finally, by way
of a
concrete suggestion, we might consider designing a nice poster
advertising
SLS 2003/Austin (which may also contain the Configurations logo). The
poster could be mailed to all participants and to departments in the
humanities and science in the region to attract regional interests, as
well as
distributed at the conference itself so it can be posted both before
and after
conference in schools across the country and in Europe. We hope that
these
ideas can stimulate further thinking and discussion concerning
retention and
recruitment. Please mail/email your ideas to:
Arkady Plotnitsky, Professor of English and Director
Theory and Cultural Studies Program
Department of English
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 47907
email: APlotnit@sla.purdue.edu



NOTICE ENTERTAINING SCIENCE
a series organized by poet
Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
at the Cornelia Street Cafe
(off Bleeker Street in NYC)
the first Sunday night of each month,
at 6 PM, until 8. Cover charge: $10.
Remarkable entertainment with a science base.
Visit the website at www.corneliastreetcafe.com
<http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com/> for more information



POEM: vi. Chemistry
In the plants,
in the wood,
even in these diamonds
that seem so still,
I knew at fourteen
there was motion--
atoms chasing
each other round, and
binding, holding
fast like girls swinging
in gym, playing statues,
before letting go.
So, later, love,
the stillness and the motion,
the currents, and the blush,
the rush of heat,
softening that brought pronged push
and thrust, in us,
in everything that had to burst
to restore the calm,
the spinning dance.
in all the universe.

Elizabeth Socolow, Princeton, NJ, after reading Oliver Sacks, Uncle
Tungsten