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The Society Has a New Name
SLS 2004, Durham, NC
Travel Awards & Essay Prizes
Candidate Statements & Ballot
A NEW NAME
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
By more than a two-thirds majority (as required by our bylaws), members
voted to change the society's name
to the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Look forward to a
new logo in future publications.
ANNUAL MEETING: SLS 2004, Durham, NC
October 14 - 17, 2004
Program: There will be 12 sessions during 4 days, with up to 7
concurrent panels. Guest scholar
sessions will be given by Barbara Herrnstein Smith, Braxton Craven
Professor of Comparative Literature
and English and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in
Science and Cultural Theory at
Duke, and by Donna Haraway, Professor of History of Consciousness at
University of California at Santa Cruz.
Durham is served by the Raleigh-Durham airport (RDU), which is used by
12 different airlines. Ground transportation is provided by airport
taxis and shuttle bus. For more information, see the conference
Hotel: The conference is being held in the Durham Marriott at the Civic
Center. The Marriott is
offering a room rate of $99 a night; you must let them know that you are
participating in the Society for
Literature and Science Meeting to receive this rate. Accommodations are
arranged directly with the hotel.
The conference rate is available only until September 14.
Registration: Go to the conference website above to register online for
the conference, or to
download the registration form. To have a registration form faxed or
mailed to you, please call Duke
Conference Services at 919-660-1760. Rates increase by $30 after
September 14. Cancellations before September
15 receive a 100% refund; from September 15 until September 30 $50 will
be deducted from your refund; after
September 30 there will be no refunds for cancellations.
Travel Awards for SLS2004
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.
2004 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.
2004 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 non-tenured 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
ALL PARTICIPANTS IN SLS2004 MUST BE SLS MEMBERS FOR THE 2004 MEMBERSHIP
YEAR. A RENEWAL FORM IS ENCLOSED IN THIS ISSUE.
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS FOR SECOND VICE-PRESIDENT
Associate Professor, English Department
I am Associate Professor of English at Princeton University, where I
teach courses on
cultural theory and media studies. My research interests include
critical theory, cultural
studies of science and technology, contemporary literature, and digital
culture. I have published
two books, Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing (Michigan
2000) and New Philosophy for
New Media (MIT 2004), and am co-editor of (and contributor to) The
Cambridge Companion to
Merleau-Ponty. I have published numerous essays on topics including
technology in Frankenstein,
Deleuze and Guattari's biophilosophy, new media art, contemporary
fiction, information theory, and
digital design in architecture. A recent essay on Bill Viola's
experimentations with time and cinema
appeared in the latest edition of Critical Inquiry. My book, Bodies in
Code, will be published by
Routledge in 2005, and current projects include Becoming-Human, an
ethics of the living for the posthuman
age, and Fiction After Television, a study of the novel in the age of
As second vice president of SLS, I would work to broaden the scope of
our organization by
including art, media, and technology as primary research areas and by
to historicize our contemporary moment across various historical and
Associate Professor, English Department
University of North Carolina-Charlotte
After receiving a B.Sc. in Biology from McGill University and the M.A.
in Zoology from SIU,
I earned the Ph.D. in Literature from Rutgers University. In addition
Knowledge (Duke University Press, 2001), I have edited books with the
university presses at
Michigan and Wisconsin. I am currently a Fellow in the History of Civil
Engineering at the
Huntington Library and, in 1993, was the C. P. Snow Fellow at the Harry
Ransom Center. My
current work deals with Paley's Natural Theology (1802), and with the
dissemination of knowledge
in England's northern industrial centers. In 2003 I was a Fellow at
Cambridge University and am
now on the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
In my 13 years at Georgia Tech, I helped develop the undergraduate
degree in Science, Technology, and
Culture, and was one of the founding editors of Configurations.
I am interested in seeing SLS move forward on three fronts. First, as
require a "science" element for core curricula, we can, I
believe, play a stronger advisory role in the
shaping of "STS" styled courses. Second, I want to advance
the Society's pursuit of "Development," in
terms of finding donors/sponsors. Finally, my move from Georgia Tech to
UNC Charlotte has convinced me of the
need to educate our colleagues and our administrators about the value of
"interdisciplinary" research and teaching.
This will require new promotional materials and a stronger web presence.
It would be an honor to serve
an organization that has been so important to my career.
CANDIDATE STATEMENTS FOR MEMBER AT LARGE
Cheryl A. Koski
Department of Journalism and Media Studies
Science Journalism Center
University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
As an interdisciplinary organization, the Society for Literature and
Science (SLS) has tremendous potential for
broadening its membership base. At this time, the majority of speakers
who attend the annual conference of SLS
are based in departments of English. Recently there has been increased
participation from scholars in the arts.
As a member-at-large for SLS, it would be my goal to broaden its
membership base to include greater numbers of
scholars from schools of journalism, and more broadly, colleges of
For example, scholars who belong to the SCIGroup (the science
communication interest group) that is affiliated
with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
(AEJMC)--an association with
approximately 3,500 members--would have much to contribute to SLS. As a
member of both the SCIGroup and
SLS, it would be my goal to bring scholars from the two organizations
together. In addition to dealing with
issues of membership, recruitment and retention, I am interested in
considering the possibility of changing the
name of SLS to reflect its broader membership base, as well as exploring
optimal meeting formats.
As assistant professor and coordinator of the Science Journalism Center
at the University of South
Florida, I have the institutional support necessary to attend SLS for
three consecutive years, as
required for the position of member-at-large. Previously I was a senior
technical editor for the U.S.
Department of Energy science and engineering facilities in Oak Ridge,
Tennessee (1988 to 2003) and an
instructor of composition and rhetoric in the English Department at
Louisiana State University (1983 to 1987).
I completed the Ph.D. in science communication at the University of
Tennessee in 2002. Also in 2002, I participated
in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in
Medicine, Literature, and Culture. My publications
include several articles on science journalism in the Journal of
Technical Writing and Communication, and I have
presented papers at SLS and other national conferences.
Assistant Professor & Graduate Director
Digital Media Studies
University of Denver
began attending SLS meetings at the 2000 conference, not completely
sure of what I was getting myself into. I quickly realized that the
extensive range of discourse was a perfect fit with the research and
production taking place across disciplines as part of University of
Denver's Digital Media Studies program. At the SLS2003 sessions, I was
particularly taken by the synthesis of literary studies, interactive
digital production, sound art, weird science, and art history into new
strands of metatechnological research. I feel very optimistic about the
collaborations and other opportunities already developing out of this
network of distributed colleagues, which gives me particular incentive
to commit to the range of discourse and practice exemplified by SLS at
a more formal level of service.
As much as possible, I would like to foster the SLS's inclusion of some
alternatives to the traditional,
paper-based formats for presentation, such as performance-based
sessions, screenings, and installation-pieces.
I would very much appreciate an opportunity to be involved in the
discussions and duties that help to ensure the
viability of the organization.
Assistant Professor of Italian Literature, Bowdoin College. Ph.D. in
Italian Literature, Yale University (1999).
B.A. in Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Hampshire College (1993).
I have been attending SLS meetings since 1996 and I currently serve on
the Executive Committee of the MLA's
Division of Literature and Science. My research considers the question
of how mathematical thought and literature as
a "figurative" language converge and communicate, especially
in the Italian Renaissance. I am presently writing on the
intellectual commerce between pure mathematics and literature in Italy
(1450-1610), as displayed in the works of such
authors as Alberti, Galileo, and Della Porta.
One of my goals over the last few years has been to invite scholars of
foreign literatures and earlier
periods to participate in SLS meetings. I would like to encourage more
panels that treat classical,
medieval, and early modern topics, as well as non-European
thought--panels that trace a history of an
idea, and roundtables that are designed to have scientists and
humanities scholars speak directly to
each other. While new literary theory, scrutiny of scientific and
technological innovations, and
exposure to cutting-edge art can and often do bridge time and place, I
see the explicit dialogues
between past and present, and between cultures to be of prime importance
to the SLS's particular
mode of discourse across disciplines.
The SLS has functioned and can, I believe, function to even a greater
degree as a forum for looking
critically at what has been produced and what is being produced for the
sake of/in the name of/in response
to progress and art. It is also my hope that the SLS will continue to
promote further exploration into the
"why's" and the "how's" of what we do as theorists,
critics, teachers, and practitioners of literature, science,
and the arts in the increasingly globalized twenty-first century.
Assistant Professor, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture,
Georgia Tech. Degrees: Ph.D. in English Literature, University of
Wisconsin; M.A. in English Literature, University of Wisconsin; B.A. in
English, University of Michigan.
I have been involved in SLS since 1997. My research examines how
contemporary American authors
depict personal and political relations as they are mediated by
technoscientific practices. My
irst book, The Self Wired, explores the development of "cyborg
writing" as a new way
to represent the impact of postwar technologies on American
subjectivity. My current project, Galactic Suburbia, recovers a
heretofore-lost tradition of women's speculative fiction that
critically engaged midcentury scientific and social institutions
decades before the revival of the feminist avant-garde or the
development of feminist science fiction.
I am interested in increasing SLS's visibility by establishing a
presence at academic conferences other than MLA. We can do this by using
SLS website and/or Decodings to circulate information about
organizations amenable to
SLS's interdisciplinary approach and to organize panel submissions for
SIGGRAPH, the Science Fiction Research Association, the American Studies
Association, and the
ultural Studies Association would all welcome our presence, and I am
sure that my colleagues in
SLS can identify a number of other groups that would do so as well.
In line with recent discussions about changing our name to acknowledge
the centrality of the
arts within our organization, I am also interested in helping SLS
recruit more authors and
artists who explore the relations of science, literature, and the arts
in their work. My own
recent experience with bringing authors to Georgia Tech suggests that
there are a number of
contemporary artists who would be delighted to share their experiences
with us. Extending our
recruitment efforts in this direction would have the additional benefit
of brining our work to
the attention of intellectually engaged people outside the academy as
CALL FOR PAPERS: 20th Annual Conference
INTERDISCIPLINARY NINETEENTH-CENTURY STUDIES
April 21-24, 2005, Louisiana State University
Building on Mary Douglas's work in Purity and Danger this conference
will consider aspects of
nineteenth-century life deemed impure. We welcome papers from a variety
of disciplines, including:
music, art, geography and anthropology, theater, curriculum theory, law,
history, economics, history of
science, and literature, among others. Topics might include:
Creolization; Migration/Vagabondage; Sin and Salvation
Religious Hybridization; Gender boundaries; Cities, Provinces, Regions
The Elite and the Masses; Sanitation/Contamination;
Slavery; Eugenics Colonization; Genre boundaries; Culture and Commerce;
Outlaws, Heroes, and the Nation; Vulgarity and
Respectability; Textual/Contextual Dichotomies;
Wetlands and Dry Lands.
Longer versions of INCS conference papers are regularly published in the
affiliated Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal
INCS website: www.nd.edu/~incshp/
Send 200-400 word abstracts by October 1, 2004 to email@example.com
CALL FOR PAPERS: 20th Annual Conference
SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF NARRATIVE LITERATURE
April 7-10, 2005, Louisville, Kentucky
University of Louisville
SSNL will be dedicated to the investigation of narrative, its elements,
techniques, and forms; its relations to
other modes of discourse; and its power in cultures past and present.
We welcome papers or panels on all aspects
of narrative theory and practice, from any genre, period, nationality,
discipline, or medium. We encourage literary
subjects (including poetry, pre-modern narrative, and film), as well as
cross-cultural and interdisciplinary topics
(including folklore, history, law, philosophy, and science).
Presentations should be fifteen- to twenty-minutes long and in English.
Panels should consist of three to four
papers and may be chaired by one of the presenters, but no individual
may present more than one paper or organize
more than one panel. For paper proposals, maximum 500-word abstract and
brief vitae; for panel proposals, maximum
700-word abstractÑsummarizing the panel's rationale and for
describing each paperÑand a brief vitae for each speaker.
Panels will be accepted or rejected as a whole. Proposals must include
titles of papers (and panel if appropriate);
presenter's (and organizer's) name(s) and institutional affiliation(s);
mailing address; phone, fax, and email address;
two copies of submitted materials (for hard-copy proposals).
Deadline for receipt of proposals: October 15, 2004.
Send proposals either by regular mail (two copies of all material) to:
Department of English
University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky 40292
OR electronically to: www.louisville.edu/conference/narrative
Inquiries: 502-852-6801 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Vote for one candidate for Second Vice-President. The individual
elected will serve successive two-year terms
(beginning fall 2004) as second vice-president, first vice-president,
Vote for one candidate for Member at Large to replace Ursula Heise. The
individual elected would serve a two-year
term beginning fall 2004.
Please mail this ballot to Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia Tech, Atlanta,
GA 30332-0165 by September 1, 2004.