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2009 Spring

DECODINGS 

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

Spring
2009, Vol. 18, No.1



*Call for Papers, SLSA 2009, Atlanta

*Meet the President

*Travel Awards and Prizes 

*Call for Papers for SLSAeu 2010 Riga

*Engineering Studies, special offer

*Configurations

*SLSA Bibliography

*Facebook Group

*Directions for Subscribing to LITSCI-L, SLSA Listserv

*Renewing Membership


CALL FOR PAPERS, SLSA 2009: "Decodings," 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. Sponsors include Georgia
Tech’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture and Center
for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology; and Emory
University's English Department, Program in Science and Society, and
Department of Women's Studies. 


The conference theme is "decodings," with all its possible
referents,
including: Do we decode nature, or are natural processes already full
of
encoding/decoding mechanisms along the lines of DNA? Is a digital
representation a decoding of analog nature, or must we decode the
digital to understand what is lost in quantizing natural continua?


Papers and proposals on the conference theme or other SLSA topics are
due May 1, 2009. A web interface for paper/proposal submission
is now available, along with more details about the conference, at
http://www.litsciarts.org. Presenters at 2009 should be members of SLSA;
a renewal form is attached.

Richard Nash (nash@indiana.edu) will
chair the program committee, and Carol Colatrella
(carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu)
is working with Laura Otis on conference arrangements.



MEET THE PRESIDENT



Graduate
students (or new Ph.D.s) who are interested in discussing their
prospective
roles in SLSA, either as graduate students or as new/junior members of
SLSA at
the 2009 Atlanta
conference should contact Alan Rauch, SLSA President, at
arauch@uncc.edu.
Please indicate (in the subject line) SLSA-GRADS.  We will then
convene a
workshop for interested students and faculty during the Atlanta
conference to discuss issues that
have been raised.



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
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. 


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, Duke University, via electronic mail to
katherine.hayles@duke.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, 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 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. 



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 long-time member of SLSA, the Kendrick Prize
is open
to any book of original scholarship on literature, science, and the
arts
published in 2008. The winner will receive $250.00.  


To be considered for the
Kendrick Prize, please send (or ask your press to send) three copies of
your
book by June 1 to: Professor Robert Markley, Department of English, 608
South
Wright Street, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801.


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. 




TEXTURES

6th European Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and
the Arts
(SLSA),

1st conference of the SLSAeu, 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



Engineering Studies, special
offer



Engineering
Studies, Journal of
the International Network for Engineering Studies, is a new journal in
2009
from Routledge, devoted to the scholarly study of engineers and
engineering. It
aims to advance research in historical, social, cultural, political,
philosophical, rhetorical and organizational studies of engineers and
engineering. For the full Aims and Scope, please visit
www.tandf.co.uk/journals/engineeringstudies.
SLSA members are eligible for a discounted subscription rate. To
subscribe,
visit the Journal website and click on 'News and Offers'. For a free
sample
copy, contact Zoe Sternberg at zoe.sternberg@tandf.co.uk.



Configurations 



Editors Hugh Crawford and Alan Rauch report 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 Rauch are encouraged. Send suggestions
of books to be reviewed to Ron Broglio (ron.broglio@lcc.gatech.edu).
Remember that web-hits to the journal 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. 

SLSA Bibliography



Members
should send Sue Hagedorn any citations for their books, journal
articles, and
other published materials in literature, science, and the arts. Her
email is
hagedors@vt.edu.



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 



Subscription information for LITSCI-L: 

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message to sympa@duke.edu with the following in the body of
the message: 

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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 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