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2009 Winter

 


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


Winter 2009, Vol. 18, No.1  


*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


*Election Statements and BALLOT 
*Directions for Subscribing to LITSCI-L, SLSA Listserv 



CALL FOR PAPERS, SLSA Annual Conference, 
"Decodings," Atlanta, November 5-8, 2009 


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 
on the conference theme of "Decodings" or other SLSA topics 
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 Clarke’s many
contributions 
to the society’s 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 für 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 the journal should be back on schedule within a year. 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. 


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 based in Wales that 
he co-coordinates. 


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 year’s 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 
year’s entries. 


The Schachterle Essay Prize for the best 
published or forthcoming essay by a non-tenured SLSA member was shared 
this year by Joseph Drury for “Haywood’s 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 Otis’s Muller’s Lab 
(Oxford University Press) received an honorable mention. Robert Markley

chaired the committee, and Lucinda Cole and Henry Turner served as
judges. 


DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING TO LIT-SCI 
LISTSERV  



Subscription information for LITSCI-L:  
To subscribe, send a plain-text email message to sympa@duke.edu 
with the following in the body of the message:  
subscribe LITSCI-L  
The list archive and additional subscription information, including 
how to receive the digest format, are available at:
http://litsciarts.org  


RENEWING MEMBERSHIP 


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. 


 


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: Conferences—SLSA 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


 


 
ELECTION STATEMENTS 


John Bruni, 
Assistant Professor of English, South Dakota School of Mines &
Technology 


In what I think qualifies as an instance 
of archival memory, the first conference I attended was in 2001, before

SLS became SLSA.  Since then, I have watched the organization grow

in significant ways: creating alliances with like-minded groups such 
as ASLE, exerting a greater presence at MLA and ASA, and providing
valuable 
opportunities for scholars and artists to dialogue.  Ever since 
that conference, I have viewed SLSA as my home intellectual base, where

I can test ideas in a welcome environment and talk to colleagues who 
value interdisciplinary work in science and literature as much as I 
do.   


At present, I am on the publishing committee 
for SLSA, and I now would like to assume a greater leadership
role.  
Given the current economic crisis, I am particularly interested in
helping 
our members look for, acquire, and secure jobs by encouraging dialogues

about the hiring process, teaching, research, career planning, and
publishing.  
As a fairly recent tenure-track assistant professor, I have benefited 
from networking through SLSA, and I would like to make sure all members

have the same opportunity. 


I have always felt that scholarly work 
depends on conversations that join together diverse backgrounds,
experiences, 
interests, and institutional and professional affiliations.  As 
SLSA member at large, I would be fully committed to further encouraging

and developing these conversations.      
 


Kevin LaGrandeur, Associate Professor 
of English and Director, Technical and Scientific Writing Program, 
New York Institute of Technology 


Since joining the SLSA in 1995, I've 
seen the organization expand to include the Arts, to include a more 
worldwide focus, more international participants, and a European
conference 
and organization. This has all been very exciting and, in having helped

a bit with the New York conference by lining up student volunteers
from 
my school and organizing several panels, I’m eager to do
more.  I look 
forward to helping in any way I can to further the goals and wishes 
of the membership and the expansion of the SLSA.


 
 
 
 
 


______________________________________________________________________________________ 
 
 
 


BALLOT 


Send your 
completed ballot by April 15, 2009, to Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia 
Tech, 686 Cherry St., Atlanta, GA 30332-0165.


Vote for one of the following to become 
SLSA member-at-large, serving fall 2009 to fall 2011: 


John Bruni           
___________ 


Kevin LaGrandeur__________ 


 


Carol Colatrella


Executive Director, SLSA


Georgia Tech


686 Cherry Street


Atlanta GA 30332-0165 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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, Indiana 
University


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) 


Carol Colatrella, Decodings Editor/SLSA 
Executive Director can be reached by phone at (404) 894-1241.


Email: carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu. Post: LCC, Georgia Tech, 686
Cherry St.,Atlanta, 
GA  30332-0165 


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