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2008 Summer

DECODINGS           
            



Newsletter of the Society for 
Literature, Science, and the Arts
                 





            
           
           
       Summer 2008, 
Vol. 17, No.2 



*SLSA2008, 
Charlotte, 
NC—Call for Papers—due 
July 15, 
2008


*Travel Awards for SLSA 
Charlotte and Essay Prizes—due 
September 1, 
2008


*Kendrick Book 
Prize


*European SLSA 2008, 
Berlin Report 



*Election 
Results


*SLSA Facebook 
Group

*Directions for Subscribing to LITSCI-L,SLSA 
Listserv


 


REITERATIONS--SLSA 2008, 
Charlotte


 
The 22nd Annual 
Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) will
take 
place in Charlotte, 
North 
Carolina on November 13-16, 
2008. We welcome papers and panels on 
all topics of interest to SLSA members. 
This year, we also invite papers that touch on the theme of
“Reiteration.” The 
term, often associated but certainly not limited to chaos theory, was
chosen to 
resonate with ideas and concepts in technology, engineering, biology, 
medicine,epidemiology, and the history of scientific thought. The
iterative 
process, so much at the heart of scientific modes of inquiry, has also
become a 
part of our understanding--whether literally or metaphorically--of
physical, 
natural, and philosophical understanding—whether literal or
metaphorical—of how 
the world operate.  We hope to support undergraduate panels as 
well.


 
Plenary speakers 
include cognitive psychologist Robert Seyfarth (author of Baboon 
Metaphysics) and writer/philosopher Rebecca Goldstein (author of 
Incompleteness:The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel, and The
Mind-Body 
Problem).


 
The conference is sponsored by the 
College of Liberal 
Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte as 
well as the university’s Office of Academic Affairs and the Center
for 
Humanities, Technology, and Science (C-HTAS). UNC Charlotte is a rapidly
growing 
campus in the University of North 
Carolina system. The city of 
Charlotte(population ~1.5 million), is home to the Mint Museum of Craft
and 
Design, the Levine Center for the New South, and sports franchises,
including 
the Carolina Panthers.  Conference registrants will also receive 
discount coupons to visit the “A Day in Pompeii,” an
exciting new exhibit at 
Discovery 
Place, 
Charlotte’s 
Science Museum.


 
Registration 
(beginning Aug. 1) and Hotel Reservations (for the Omni Hotel) can

be accessed at the Conference URL (below).


 
Please send session 
and paper proposals (using “SLSA-2008” in the subject 
line) by July 15, 2008, to:


Alan Rauch, Director of Graduate 
Liberal Studies, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, 
NC 
28223, arauch@uncc.edu        



Conference email: slsacharlotte08@uncc.edu 


Conference URL:
http://www.english.uncc.edu/arauch/SLSA08/index.htm  


 


TRAVEL AWARDS TO SLSA 
CHARLOTTE

SLSA provides a limited number of 
travel awards for under-funded individuals attending the annual
conference. 
Members of SLSA who participate in the annual conference may applyfor
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.eduby 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. 

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 an untenured scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit 
essays(published or accepted for publication) should send them prior to

September 1to 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. 

MICHELLE KENDRICK MEMORIAL BOOK 
PRIZE

SLSA holds an annual competition for 
Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize, awarded each year to the best
academic 
book on literature, science, and the arts published by an SLSA member. 
Established in the fall of 2006 in memory of Michelle Kendrick of
Washington 
State University-Vancouver, an energetic, well-loved scholar of
literature and 
science and a long-time member of SLSA, the Kendrick Prize is open to
any book 
of original scholarship on literature, science, and the arts published
in 2007. 
The winner will receive $250.00.  
Robert Markley of the 
University of Illinois chairs this year’s Kendrick 
committee, and Lucinda Cole, University of Southern 
Maine, and Henry Turner, 
Rutgers University are serving as members. Submissions 
for the 2007 prize were due June 1, 2008. 

Donations for the Kendrick Prize 
(checks made out to SLSA, with Kendrick Prize in memo) can be sent to
Carol 
Colatrella, SLSA Executive Director, LCC, Georgia Tech, 
686 Cherry 
Street, 
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165 

Note: all of the awards described 
above 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. 


SLSA-EUROPE2008, 
BERLIN


The European SLSA meeting took place in Berlin, June 2-8, 2008, hosted
by the Zentrum für Literatur- und 
Kulturforschung (ZfL: http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de) in this most
attractive city. Thanks are due to Zfl and to the 
Hochschule der Künste in Bern, which supported the exhibition. Over
250 conference participants enjoyed the talks,
exhibits, and concert organized by Zfl, which is directed by Sigrid
Weigel. Particular thanks are due to coordinators
 Sabine Flach, Uta Kornmeier, and Stefan Willer of Zfl and the
stream organizers. The conference program and 
reviews of the event are at
http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungen//_/242/


 
SLSA-EUROPE


 
Following the Berlin 
conference, individuals working toward the organization of SLSA-Europe
metto 
discuss the incorporation of the European society as a philanthropic 
organization based at the Zentrum für Literatur- und
Kulturforschung (ZfL: http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de) and 
structured as a sister society with the original SLSA, which will be now

considered SLSA-North America. 


 At the meeting 
appointments to the SLSA-Europe board were approved by those 
attending.Consequently, as soon as legal filings are complete,
governance for 
the new group will be established for the next three years. Sabine Flach
will serve 
as president of the SLSA-Europe, Florian Dombois as the 
1stvice-president, Bergit Arends as 2nd 
vice-president.Yves Abrioux will serve as editor-in-chief of
publications, 
Manuela Rossini as secretary and membership-coordinator, and Daniel
Margulies as 
treasurer and specific project-manager. Steve Weininger, former US SLSA

president, is the seventhmember of the SLSA-Europe board. 


 


SLSA-North America ELECTION 
RESULTS


 The incoming SLSA-North America 
2nd Vice President will be Laura Otis, 
Emory University, and the incoming SLSA 
member-at-large will be Aden Evens, Dartmouth College. These terms will
run from the 
fall2008 conference to the fall 2010 conference, with the second
vice-president 
serving successive two-year terms as first vice president and 
president.


 
FACEBOOK GROUP 



 


Jamie Bono 
of the University of Pittsburgh has set up a Facebook site for the 
organization. SLSA members interested in joining can connect at
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5604063275.


 


DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING TO 
LIT-SCI LISTSERV 



Subscriptioninformation for 
LITSCI-L: 
To subscribe, send a plain-text emailmessage to sympa@duke.edu with the
following in 
thebody of the message: 
subscribe LITSCI-L 
The list archive and additionalsubscription 
information, including how to receive the digest format, areavailable
at: http://www.law.duke.edu/slsa/


 


RENEWING 
MEMBERSHIP


 


All 
participants in SLSA conference in Charlotte must be members of the
North 
American 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 5166987). 
Mon-Fri 8-am-5pm FAX 410 516 6968. Email: jrnlcirc@press.jhu.edu.


                    


 


Society for Literature, Science, and 
the Arts (North America) Executive Board, 2007-08


 
President:Bruce 
Clarke, Texas Tech University


ExecutiveDirector: Carol Colatrella, 
Georgia Institute of Technology


FirstVice-President: Alan Rauch, 
University of North Carolina-Charlotte


SecondVice-President: Richard Nash, 
Indiana University


Members-at-Large:Victoria Alexander, 
Dactyl Foundation, and Phillip Thurtle, University of Washington


 


Past 
Presidents: 


Eve 
Keller,Fordham University; Jay Labinger, California Institute of
Technology; T. 
Hugh Crawford, Georgia Tech; Susan Squier, Penn State; Sidney Perkowitz,
Emory 
University; Stuart Peterfreund, Northeastern University; James J. 
Bono,SUNY-Buffalo; N. Katherine Hayles, UCLA; Mark Greenberg, Drexel
University; 
Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen J.
Weininger, 
Worcester Polytechnic Institute


 


Editors of 
Configurations:


T. 
HughCrawford, Georgia Institute of Technology 
(hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu)


Alan 
Rauch,University of North Carolina-Charlotte 
(arauch@uncc.edu)


LauraDassow 
Walls, University of South 
Carolina


 


Bibliographer:Sue Hagedorn, Virginia 
Tech (hagedors@vt.edu)


Electronic 
Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University 
(wmiller@law.duke.edu)


 


The 
Executive Director can be reached by phone at (404) 894-1241 or by
e-mail at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu.


CarolColatrella


Executive 
Director, SLSA


Literature,Communication, and 
Culture


Georgia 
Institute of Technology


686 Cherry 
Street


Atlanta, GA  
30332-0165


SLSA websites: http://www.litsciarts.org and http://slsa.press.jhu.edu