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2005 Spring

Spring 2005
vol.14, no.1

Combined Summary of Executive Committee and Business Meetings, SLS 2004,

SLSA 2005 CONFERENCE, Chicago, IL, November 10-13, 2005 

Site Chair: Joseph Tabbi, University of Illinois at Chicago
Program Chair: Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University
Conference Website: http://www.uic.edu/depts/engl/links/slsacfp.htm

emphasize the explicit inclusion of the arts, as indicated by the new
organization name, SLSA, this year we are inviting artists to speak or
perform in hour-long morning and evening plenary sessions. Scholars
familiar with the work of each artist are also being invited to speak
in these plenary sessions, and may form panel streams around the themes
introduced in the sessions. A keynote talk will be given by Nobel
Laureate Gerald Edelman. Presentations on the subject of cognition in
and of the arts will be made by Eduardo Kac, Cary Wolfe, Barbara
Stafford, N. Katherine Hayles, and others. The conference will be held
at the historic tower of the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue
in Chicago, in view of the Wrigley Building and the Chicago River. 

Submissions have been very strong for this meeting, and will be closed
for good as of 
May 15. International submissions have been especially healthy this
year, with abstracts 
coming from England, Wales, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy,
Israel, Turkey, Croatia,
Australia, and New Zealand.  Speakers must be 2005 members of SLSA. To
join or to renew 
membership, please see
http://press.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/associations/sls_membership.cgi, or 
call Johns Hopkins University Press Journals at 800 548 1784 (US &
Canada only, all others 
call 410 516 6987). Mon-Fri 8-am-5pm FAX 410 516 6968. Email:
jrnlcirc@press.jhu.edu.  A 
renewal form is attached; check your label for your last year of paid

			Travel Awards: SLSA provides a limited number of travel awards for
underfunded individuals 
			attending the annual conference. Members of SLSA who participate in
the annual conference 
			may apply for travel subventions. An applicant should email name,
title of SLSA presentation,
			any information about funding for the conference, and an indication
of how long one has been 
			a member to Carol Colatrella at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu by
September 1. SLSA officers 
			will review the applications and approve funds for one to three
individuals (or possibly more).
			Each person awarded funds will be presented with a check at the
			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 $250 prize should submit them by September 1 to N. Katherine
Hayles, Department of 
			English, University of California, Los Angeles, via electronic mail
to hayles@humnet.ucla.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 
			September 1 to the SLSA 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 
			Note: all of the awards described above are presented during the
			Business Meeting of the annual fall conference. One may submit only
			entry to one of the two essay prize competitions. 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM is enclosed. Please check your address label to
see your last year of paid membership. SLSA is a small society heavily
dependent on member subscriptions to support the newsletter, the
conference, and travel subsidies for underfunded individuals to
participate in the conference. THANKS for your support.

Prepared by Carol Colatrella, Executive Director, October 12, 2004;
presented in Durham NC

			Balance on hand 9/30/03: 
			Wachovia Bank, Atlanta	
			$9, 060.87
			Sovereign Bank, Worcester
			Income: Dues & donations-SLSA sharefrom Hopkins UP  
			Journal Annual Dividend
			Donations: Essay Prizes
			Expenses: Conferences-SLS 2003 travel subsidies
			---SLS 2003 essay prizes
			---SLS 2003 conference agendas
			---SLS 2003 conference folders
			---SLS Paris 2004 subsidy
			---SLS Paris 2004 gift
			---SLS 2004 call for papers
			Configurations-Bibliography Assistant
			--GT subsidy from dividend
			Decodings (4 issues)-printing
			Massachusetts Fees-Attorney General
			---Incorporation Fee
			Balance on hand 9/30/04
			Wachovia Bank, Atlanta
			Sovereign Bank, Worcester

BALLOT  (see candidate statements below)

Return this ballot to Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia Tech, 686 Cherry
St., Atlanta GA 30332-0165 by July 1, 2005.

Please vote for one of the following to become SLSA member-at-large

	Trace Reddell __________
	Lisa Yaszek ___________

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS for member-at large, a two-year position beginning
November 2005.

Trace Reddell
Professor and Graduate Director, Digital Media Studies, University of
Ph.D., English Literature, University of Colorado, Boulder 1996; M.A.,
Creative Writing (Fiction), University of Colorado, Boulder 1989; B.A.,
English Literature, Texas Tech University 1986

I have been a member since 2000, and I consider SLSA the most important
and inspiring
organization to which I belong. The annual conference has provided me
many stimulating
conversations, and the healthy reading and media lists I typically bring
home with me afterwards
usually break the bank. Austin and Duke were both amazing experiences
that continue to influence
my teaching, writing, and digital media work. I would appreciate an
opportunity to be involved
at a more formal level of service by taking on any duties necessary to
ensure the viability of
the organization. As a member-at-large, I would enjoy any opportunity to
discuss processes by
which the University of Denver might host the annual conference within a
three-to-five year
window from now.

Lisa Yaszek
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 SLSA since 1997. My research examines
how contemporary authors depict personal and political relations as
they are mediated by technoscientific practices. My first 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, demonstrates how the women's
science fiction that emerged in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, critically
engaged emergent technocultural institutions and prefigured the
literature we now recognize as feminist science fiction. I am also in
the first stages of a third project, Afrofuturism, in which I examine
the evolution of the science fictional and fantastic devices deployed
by artists of the African diaspora to stake out spaces for black
identities and praxes in a global future imaginary. 

I am particularly interested in increasing SLSA's visibility by
establishing a presence at academic conferences other than MLA. We can
do this by using the SLSA website and/or Decodings to circulate
information about organizations amenable to SLSA's interdisciplinary
approach and to organize panel submissions for their conferences.
SIGGRAPH, the Science Fiction Research Association, the American
Studies Association, and the Cultural 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 our recent name change to acknowledge the
centrality of the arts within our organization, I am also interested in
helping SLSA recruit more artists who explore the relations of science,
literature, and the arts in their work. In my capacity as the
administrator of the Bud Foote Science Fiction Collection at Georgia
Tech I have brought a number of authors, artists, and editors working
in various media to campus to speak with faculty and students. My
experience suggests that such people would be delighted to share their
experiences with professional organizations such as our own SLSA.
Extending our recruitment efforts in this direction would have the
additional benefit of bringing our work to the attention of
intellectually engaged cultural workers outside the academy as well.