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2006 Summer

Summer 2006
vol.15, no.1


CONTENTS:
SLSA 2006, NEW YORK
TRAVEL AWARDS AND ESSAY PRIZES
LOOKING AHEAD TO SLSA 2007 IN MAINE
REPORT FROM SLSA IN AMSTERDAM
SLSA 2008, BERLIN
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING TO LIT-SCI LISTSERV




SLSA 2006, NEW YORK


Like
the city itself, the 20th annual SLSA conference in New York City
promises to be wide-ranging, fast paced, extraordinarily intense, and
fun. This year's conference will be held in conjunction with the first
annual New York Science-Art Festival. So more scientists than usual
will be participating, as well as increasing numbers of artists.
General interest in our meeting is strong: we've already sold a number
of daily tickets. 


You
will feel that you are part of the city. We won't be spending all our
time inside generic hotel meeting rooms. There will be three stream
centers within a leisurely stroll each other in the SoHo/Greenwich
village area, two of the best walking neighborhoods in NYC. For those
who may not be up for so much walking, we will have a shuttle van
making the loop on Friday and Saturday. 


To our current line-up of speakers, including Lynn Margulis, Dorion
Sagan, 
Eric Schneider, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Ann Druyan, we've added a
featured panel, 
"Sm(ART): Art and Design that Learns from Nature," organized
by Ellen Levy and featuring 
noted museum curators with Manuel deLanda as respondent. There will also
be many 
interesting art-science events throughout the city that week, including
Artbots: 
The Robot Talent Show and the Theatre of Science (more information,
including a 
preliminary program, is available on the conference Web site:
http://www.dactyl.org/SLSA.htm). So you may want to plan to spend a
couple of extra days in the city in order to get everything in.



Check
the Dactyl website for registration, hotel, and program information.
Conference registration is open, by mail or online. We recommend that
you make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to get the best
rates. When making flight arrangements, remember that the closest
airports are LaGuardia and Newark, NJ. A taxi from LaGuardia Airport
will cost approximately $25-30. From JFK Airport it will be a flat rate
of $35 plus tolls and tip. From Newark Airport, a flat rate of $45-50
plus tolls and tip. The Supershuttle is the best bet $13-$35 see
www.supershuttle.com or call 1-212-Blue Van. We look forward to seeing
everyone in November.



All
presenters must be 2006 members of SLSA. Information about the society
and about joining or renewing, call Johns Hopkins University Press at
800-548-1784. To join or renew online, see
https://www.press.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/associations/sls_membership.cgi. 



Bruce Clarke and Victoria Alexander are in charge of the program and
local arrangements for 
SLSA2006 and may be contacted about the conference at
nyc.slsa2006@gmail.com.  



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. Each person awarded funds will be presented with a
check at the 
conference. 



ESSAY PRIZES


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. 


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. 



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 posted. 



LOOKING AHEAD TO SLSA 2007 IN MAINE


SLSA 2007 will be held November 1-4, 2007, in Portland, Maine. The
conference topic will be “Code.”

Deadline for paper or panel submissions: March 1, 2007 
Website: http://www.slsa07.com/ (will be active by September, 2006) 
Program Organizer: Aden Evans (aden@dartmouth.edu) 
Site Organizers: Arielle Saiber (asaiber@bowdoin.edu)
and Susan McHugh (smchugh@une.edu)



REPORT ON CLOSE ENCOUNTERS IN AMSTERDAM, 4th European SLSA Meeting
Manuela Rossini (Program Chair, Amsterdam SLSA 2006)



The 4th European meeting of the SLSA took place in Amsterdam, 13-16
June, 2006, 
hosted by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis and attended by
over 300 
persons from all over the world. It included staging an encounter
between Dame 
Gillian Beer and Evelyn Fox Keller, a reading by Joseph McElroy, and a
joint 
lecture by Andrew Carnie and Richard Wingate. The conference was built
around 
11 thematic streams accommodating approximately 275 papers in 9 parallel
sessions 
taking place over three days. The Dutch theatre group Adhoc opened the
conference 
at the Royal Academy of the Arts and Sciences. The program also included
two bio-multimedia 
performances by Trace Reddell and Timothy Weaver and Clementine Cummer
and Natasha Myers, 
a poetry reading, as well a pre-conference talk by Cary Wolfe, and a
post-conference 
reading by Ruth Ozeki. During the conference, decisive steps were taken
to advance 
SLSA-Europe and to launch a book series related to this suborganisation
with publishing 
house Rodopi. A PDF-file with the full program booklet is archived on
the SLSA/Litsci-L 
Resources Pages: http://www.law.duke.edu/slsa/.  A big thank you to
everyone who 
participated in making the Amsterdam meeting such a pleasant,
stimulating and 
memorable event.



DEVELOPING SLSA-EUROPE


Members present in Amsterdam agreed to formalize development of
SLSA-Europe. 
There is now a group working on implementing the proposal discussed at
the 
Amsterdam meeting. The proposal is now posted at the SLSA Hopkins site 
(http://slsa.press.jhu.edu), at the link to the European Conference.



SLSA-EUROPE 2008, BERLIN


The next European meeting will take place in Berlin in 2008, hosted by
the 
Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL:
http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de) 
in collaboration with a number of other institutes in this most
attractive city. 
The ZfL will also be the home of the planned SLSA-Europe. More
information on both 
endeavours will be provided at the Annual Conference in New York.



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