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2005 Fall

Fall 2005
vol.14, no.2

European SLSA 2006 Amsterdam

Science, Literature, and the Arts
Amsterdam, 13-16 June 2006
Hosted by: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), UvA
Deadline for Papers/Proposals: December 5, 2005; word limit 200 words.
Conference website: http://www.slsa.nl/
Organizers and stream contacts listed on website

SLSA 2006 New York, November 9-12, 2006 call for papers TBA
Site Organizer: Victoria Alexander, Dactyl Foundation. 

Executive Committee Meeting minutes, SLSA 2005, Chicago (notes taken by
Carol Colatrella)

Present: Eve Keller, Bruce Clarke, Alan Rauch, Arielle Saiber,
Elizabeth Wilson, Lisa Yaszek, Sue Hagedorn, Wayne Miller, Jay
Labinger, Ellen Levy, Victoria Alexander, Manuela Rossini, Joseph Tabbi

New member-at-large Lisa Yaszek, introduced by Eve Keller. Financial
Report (see below).

SLSA 2005 conference report
from Joe Tabbi-260 participants were listed on the program. Many
excellent submissions were refused because of program limitations. More
arts sessions were scheduled than in previous years, and more
audio-visual equipment was required. The conference was sponsored by
the University of Illinois, Chicago.

European SLSA 2006 Amsterdam report from Manuela Rossini-Potential
participants should register at the conference website
http://www.slsa.nl.  The site lists streams, organizers, and hotels.
Deadline for papers/proposals is December 5, 2005.

SLSA 2006 New York,
report from Bruce Clarke and Victoria Alexander. The conference is
scheduled for November 9-12, 2006. A call for papers will be
distributed by the end of 2005. The conference is being planned to take
place in various locations in downtown Manhattan, with some sessions
scheduled in and near Dactyl's home in Soho. There was extensive
discussion of how to minimize cost and logistical impediments, while
maximizing opportunities for meetings and conversations among
participants. Ellen Levy, President of the College Art Association, who
has planned a number of NY conferences is consulting with the

Publications Committee and Configurations,
report from editors Hugh Crawford and Alan Rauch. The journal is
catching up on its schedule with three issues to come out quite soon.
Submissions are welcome.

Bibliographer's Report from Sue Hagedorn.  2000 Bibliography now
available at http://www.litsci.org.  There's a new look for this page,
courtesy of Wayne Miller.

Resources Coordinator's Report from Wayne Miller. A database system for
the Bibliography is in process as is a plan to institute a drop down
menu at http://www.litsci.org.  This site will soon be renamed to
reflect the inclusion of "arts."

University of Michigan/SLSA Book Series, presented by Eve Keller for
series editor Susan Squier. Two books were published this year. 
Submissions are welcome.

Nominations for Second Vice President and Member at Large.  Please send
self-nominations or nominations to Hugh Crawford,
hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu.  Candidate statements will be due by
January 1, 2006 to Carol Colatrella, carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu.

Travel awards to support presenting at SLSA 2005
were presented to Mary Newell, Joan Richardson, Benjamin Robertson,
Lori Emerson, Anthony Enns, Joy Howard, Shannon Walters, and Claudia

Essay Prizes.
The Bruns Essay Prize was awarded to Benjamin Robertson, SUNY-Buffalo,
and the Schachterle Prize to Richard Menke, University of Georgia.

Bylaws revision-See http://slsa.press.jhu.edu,
under Bylaws, to review the proposed draft of the society's bylaws and
to see the 1985 bylaws. A ballot will be included in the next printed
issue of Decodings, scheduled to be mailed January.

Wrap up suggestions (notes taken by Sue Hagedorn)

did not know it existed until it was closing--needs better publicity.
Also, there were not many copies of books that were bound to be popular
(the cognitive studies theme).

Business lunch--many
new attendees were not aware that they were welcome (some thought it
was another Executive Committee meeting) or that they had already paid
for the lunch in registration. These items need to be made clear in
registration material, pre-meeting emails.

Registration desk--MUST
be in place and functioning (with enough knowledgeable workers) at
least several hours before the first sessions start. Name tags (with
perhaps institution name) available from the start.

Printed program--Need
a running head for time and day; need map of hotel in program (will be
vital in NY); strong desire for email contact list of participants as
well as an index by keywords; also strong desire for pre-conference (by
at least several days) list of at least headings of sessions.

Session participants--speakers need to be coerced into following the
time rules--we aren't consistent about this.

Program offerings--was
especially strong this year with many intersections between
threads--the new dynamics of NY might cause great problems--need to be
sure opportunity exists to come together at least once a day. For NY, a
very early Discussion Board (set up by Wayne) to look for proposed
panels was recommended. (Panels and workshops would allow more to
present in shorter time.) Starting on Wednesday was considered because
of growing size, although costs would increase

Hotel--many new people wanted a less expensive (hotel @ $100/night
range), less-distracting venue.  

Additional suggestions emailed after conference 
Encourage follow-up to interesting papers/discussions to take place on
litsci-l@duke.edu.  Info about subscribing available at
http://slsa.press.jhu.edu (under Bulletin Board).

Conference printed program should have an index, attendee list with
e-mail addresses, subject or departmental affiliations for everyone.

View 2004-2005 Financial Report

TO BE INCLUDED in printed version to be mailed in early January

Membership renewal

Statements for Candidates

Ballots for bylaws and candidates