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DECODINGS 

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




Fall 2008, Vol. 17, No.3 



 


*Call for Papers, SLSA 
2009, Atlanta


*Conference Reports 
from SLSA 2008, Charlotte 


*Travel Awards and 
Prizes 


*Financial Report 
07-08


*CFP for EU SLSA 2010 
Riga
*Directions for Subscribing to LITSCI-L, SLSA 
Listserv
 


 


CALL FOR PAPERS, SLSA 
2009, Atlanta


 


The 23rd annual SLSA 
meeting will be held November 5-8, 
2009, in 
Atlanta, 
Georgia, at the Hotel Midtown 
on 10th 
St. and the Georgia Tech 
Global Learning and Conference 
Center. Sponsoring 
institutions include Georgia Tech and 
Emory 
University. 



 


Papers and proposals 
will be due May 1, 
2009. A web interface for 
paper/proposal submission is under construction; it and more details
about the 
conference will be posted when available at http://www.litsciarts.org. 



 


Richard Nash 
(nash@indiana.edu) will chair the program committee, and Carol
Colatrella (carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu) and Laura Otis 
are site coordinators.


 


REPORTS from SLSA 
2008, Charlotte


Outgoing President 
Bruce Clarke pointed to recent accomplishments of the society: a
redesign of its 
website that include integrating SLSA and Hopkins features,
establishment of an 
SLSA Facebook site, and growth and development of the SLSA sister
society 
European SLSA. At the business lunch Clarkes many contributions to the
societys 
work were noted by Victoria Alexander as she presented him with a plaque
for his 
long service as an officer.

As of the fall conference, the newly elected 
officers of the society are Alan Rauch (President), Richard Nash (1st 
Vice President), and Laura Otis (2nd Vice President). The new 
member-at-large is Aden Evens, who replaces Victoria Alexander. Philip
Thurtle 
continues as the other member-at-large.

Annual Conference: Alan 
Rauch reported on SLSA 2008, held in Charlotte, November 13-16. 
Plenary lecturers were Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Robert M.
Seyfarth. 
Sponsors of SLSA 2008 include the College of 
Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic 
Affairs, and the Center for Humanities, Technology, 
and Science at UNC Charlotte, Eastern 
Carolina 
University, and Discovery Place. 
Approximately 180 panelists delivered papers in 
Charlotte. The SLSA08 
presentation repository is at http://litsciarts.org/slsa08/.






European 
SLSA: 
Colatrella reported on the European SLSA 
meeting took place in Berlin, June 2-8, 2008, hosted by the Zentrum fr 
Literatur- und Kulturforschung (ZfL: http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de) 
in collaboration with a number of other institutes in this most
attractive city. 
Over 300 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 to the 
stream organizers. The conference program and reviews of the event are
at http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de/veranstaltungen/veranstaltungen//_/242/.

The next European meetings are planned to take place in 
Riga in 2010 (see below) 
and London in 
2012.


Configurations 



Editors Hugh Crawford and Alan Rauch report that plans are in place to
have the journal back on schedule by winter 2009. A new system of
copy-editing is speeding up the publication process. New guidelines for
authors appear at
http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/configurations/guidelines.html.
Submissions for articles to Crawford and Rauch are encouraged as are
suggestions of books to be reviewed, which should be directed to Ron
Broglio (ron.broglio@lcc.gatech.edu). Remember that web-hits to the
journal actually generate revenue, so referring students to relevant
articles in the journal for 
them to download (rather than, say, duplicating and distributing those
articles) is not only sound pedagogic practice, but a material benefit
to SLSA.


 


 


 


 


Nomination 
Committee


 


Send nominations or 
self-nominations of members interested in serving as member-at-large,
should 
contact past presidents Bruce Clarke (bruce.clarke@ttu.edu) or Eve
Keller (ekeller@fordham.edu). The new member-at-large 
will serve a two-year term beginning at the fall 2009 meeting. 



 


Bibliography


 


Sue Hagedorn reported 
that the 2002, 2003, and 2004 bibliographies are in progress. She has
been 
assisted by associate bibliographers and asks other members to consider
joining 
this project. Members should send Hagedorn any citations for their
books, 
journal articles, and other published materials in literature, science,
and the 
arts. Her email is hagedors@vt.edu.


 


Electronic Resources 



 


Wayne Miller reported 
that LITSCI-L, the SLSA listserv, now has over 700 subscribers. The list
is now 
moderated by Miller and Colatrella. 


 


SLSA-related Book 
Series: Phillip Thurtle 
reported on existing and prospective series at the 
University of 
Washington, and Alan Rauch 
reported on a series he cocoordinates in 
Wales.


 


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. 



 


TRAVEL 
AWARDS


 


SLSA provides a 
limited number of travel subventions to the annual conference for
individuals, 
generally non-tenured scholars and artists. This year the following
individuals 
received awards: Efraht Marguliet, SUNY Buffalo; Jentery Sayers,
UWashington; 
Atia Sattar, Penn State; Roy Wagner, Max Planck, Berlin;
Brian Croxall, 
Emory; Anna Hiller, UC Berkeley; Tim Welsh, U Washington; and
Fiona Druitt, 
School of Social Sciences, Australia.


 


PRIZES


 


At this years 
conference a number of prizes were awarded for outstanding scholarly 
achievements. The Bruns Essay Prize for the best essay written by a
graduate 
student member was awarded to Sean Miller for his essay Imagining
Braneworlds in 
String Theory Technical Discourse.  Priscilla Wald judged this 
years entries.


 


The Schachterle Essay 
Prize for the best published or forthcoming essay by a non-tenured
member was 
shared this year by Joseph Drury for Haywoods Thinking Machines, which
is 
forthcoming in Eighteenth-Century Fiction and John Shanahan for
"Ben 
Jonson's Alchemist and Early Modern Laboratory Space," which
appeared in 
Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. Blake Leland and Peter Logan

were the judges.


 


The Michelle Kendrick 
Book Prize for the best book by a society member published in 2007 was
awarded 
to Ralph 
O'Connor for his book The Earth on 
Show: 
Fossils and the Poetics of Popular Science, 1802-1856 
(University of 
Chicago 
Press). Laura Otiss 
Mullers Lab (Oxford University Press) received an honorable mention. 
Robert Markley chaired the committee, and Lucinda Cole and Henry Turner
served 
as judges.


 




 


Society for 
Literature, Science, and the Arts, Financial Report, 
2007-08


Prepared by Carol 
Colatrella, Executive Director, November 6, 
2008


 


Balance on hand 
9/30/07:           
Wachovia Bank,
Atlanta                        

39,796.25


                                   

           Sovereign
Bank, 
Worcester                    

  3,430.05  


                                                                                               

  
         43,226.30   
    



 


Income:    
Dues & donations: SLSA share from Hopkins UP  
                   
   7,549.52    



            
     Configurations 2005 dividend 
                                    
15, 
474.00


            
     Conference balance, SLSA Portland 
2007                              
10,696.08


            
     Wachovia Bank Interest on 
CDs                                            
      
787.89


            
     Donations: book & essay 
prizes                    
           
            

      650.00


 


            
           
                                   

TOTAL
INCOME                                   

35,157.49


 


Expenses: 
ConferencesSLSA Portland 2007 book & essay
prizes          
     750.00


                       

SLSA Portland 2007 travel
awards                                  

   1,250.00


SLSA 
agendas                                                             

        19.82


EU SLSA 2008 
Berlin                            

           
                       

   1,800.00                                

       


            
            SLSA
2009 Atlanta, 
Georgia Tech GLCC 
deposit    
         
    5,200.00


                                                                                   

                             
9,019.82      



                                               

      Conferences subtotal
                      

  


 


            
    Executive Director annual 
stipend                               
  
         
  5.500.00


 


            
    Configurations: Georgia Tech 
support                         
           
 5,000.00


            
    Decodings (1
issue)duplication         
                           
        
     459.00


                                                  

---postage                              

                
428.35


                                               

       Publications 
subtotal                      
  
5,887.35


 


            
    ACLS application (printing and 
postage)                                  
     
123.54


 


            
    
Postage                                                                               

       13.40


                                               




            
    Accountant: tax prep & financial 
statement/ACLS        
            
    575.00


            



            
    Massachusetts fees 
2007                              

                              

35.00                                
        



 


            
    Bank 
fees                                                                             

      100.00


 


            
    Placque for 
service                                                                

       77.97


 


            
    Internet domain 
name                                                
     
277.00


 


               

Web 
design                                                                          

     500.00


 


                                                           

TOTAL EXPENSES         
          
22,109.08


 


Balance on hand 
9/30/08    
Wachovia Bank account,
Atlanta         
           
23,324.72


                                   

        Wachovia 
CDs                                          

30,000.00                     



                                   

        Sovereign Bank,
Worcester                  

         3,430.05


                                               




                                               

         TOTAL BALANCE
           
            
 56,754.77     
                                                   

                                   

 




TEXTURES


6th European Meeting 
of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA),
 1st conference of the SLSA-EU, the 
European sister organization of the SLSA


 Place and 
dates          
Riga/Liepaja 
(Latvia), 15-20 June, 
2010


Main 
organizer           
Electronic Text + Textiles (e-t+t) 



Venues                        

Main 
site for the academic programme, reception, 
lunches:
                                   
The 
Stockholm School of Economics 
in Riga (SSE)
                                   

Other conference sites
                                   
e-t+t; 
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Arts; Riga City Art Space 
                                
           
(t.b.c.), Art Lab, 
University of 
Liepaja


Theme                        

The 
SLSA-EU 2010 conference is dedicated to exploring fabrics, 
                                           
           
structures, surfaces, 
and interfaces in a world that has been transformed to a large extent
through 
technoscience and networked media. This transformed world is highly
textured, 
partly through verbal and non-verbal 'texts' but also by mixtures of
human-made 
and given environments whose complexity offers resistance to symbolic 
readings.


Through the term, 
'textures,' we aim to bring together transitional figures of thought in
many 
fields: 


	in literary criticism: the movement 
	from the material signifier to meaning, affect, and 
	communication;
	
	in the arts: the well-known 
	'resistance in the materials;
	
	in cognitive science: the transition 
	from the neuronal to the mental;
	
	in a textile: the construction of 
	cloth and the surfacing of a pattern from the interwoven material
threaded 
	lengthwise (warp) and widthwise (weft);
	
	in painting: the emergence of a 
	whole through the patterning of smaller elements; the presentation of
an 'all 
	over' composition in a series of canvases;
	
	in sound art: the blending of 
	running water or traffic noise into a continuous sonic 
	structure;
	
	with regard to the body: the 
	perpetual becoming-other of an allegedly fixed and bordered 
	identity;
	
	the fold in Deleuze; the tissue of 
	quotations in Barthes, the weave in Derrida, the feminist spider's
embodied 
	writing of gendered subjectivity, and other materialist readings of
familiar 
	poststructuralist conceits;
	
	etc. (please send us your 
	ideas) 


The list is meant to 
be suggestive, not restrictive, of the range of interests we hope to 
accommodate. As the conscious embrace of constraints in science,
literature and 
the arts--can be productive not narrowing, so is our theme designed to
be 
generative and to stitch together the diverse theoretical and
transdisciplinary 
approaches that have long defined SLSA research.


Call for Abstracts: 
 The 
main conference site, The Stockholm School of Economics, is equipped
with state 
of the art technology, but the newness and limited resources of the main

organizer, e-t+t, means that we must restrict the conference to 120
papers. 



Deadlines and 
Submission Address


Submission of abstract 
(300 words):     end of June 2009
Notification by 
e-t+t:                            
end of August 
2009
Registrations:                                       
from September 
2009
early bird rate:      170 up to end of January 2010,
then 200
Paper 
submission:                                
end of March
2010                  

            


 All proposals should 
be sent to a single email address: 2010slsa@gmail.com.  Please see
the e-t+t 
website for updates:  http://www.e-text-textiles.lv/


Zane Berzina, Manuela 
Rossini, Joseph Tabbi (Co-Creative Directors of e-t+t)
Anda Klavina, Haralds 
Matulis (Site hosts)
and local and international 
partners



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RENEWING 
MEMBERSHIP


 


To join or to renew 
membership, please see
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or call Johns Hopkins University Press Journals at 800 548 1784 (US
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Society for 
Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board, 2008-09


 


President: Alan Rauch, 
University of North Carolina-Charlotte


Executive Director: 
Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology


First Vice-President: 
Richard Nash, University of 
Indiana


Second Vice-President: 
Laura Otis, Emory 
University


Members-at-Large: 
Aden Evens, 
Dartmouth 
College, and Phillip Thurtle, 
University of 
Washington


 


Past Presidents: 



Bruce Clarke, Texas 
Tech University; 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. Hugh Crawford, 
Georgia Institute of Technology 
(hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu)


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


Laura Dassow 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.


 


Carol 
Colatrella


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