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litsci-l-digest      Saturday, November 19 2005      Volume 01 : Number
128



In this issue:

     FWD: Newest Decodings
     Call For Papers---Kindred Spirits Conference

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Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2005 16:02:17 -0500
From: "Wayne Miller" 
Subject: FWD: Newest Decodings

From Carol Colatrella ( carolcolatrella@hotmail.com ):=20
=20
I'm pasting below text for the newest DECODINGS, including upcoming=20
conferences and a report on SLSA 2005.  Insert APPLAUSE for Joe=20
Tabbi and Bruce Clarke, whose arrangements and hard work resulted in
a=20
successful conference.  THANKS, Carol

Decodings: Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the
Arts
       Fall 2005, volume 14, number 2

http://slsa.press.jhu.edu/decodings/fall2005.html=20 

European SLSA 2006 Amsterdam
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Science, Literature, and the Arts
Amsterdam, 13-16 June 2006
Hosted by: Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), UvA
Deadline for Papers/Proposals: December 5, 2005; word limit 500 words.
Conference website: http://www.slsa.nl/=20 
Organizers and stream contacts listed on website

SLSA 2006 New York, November 9-12, 2006 call for papers TBA
Site Organizer: Victoria Alexander, Dactyl Foundation.

Executive Committee Meeting minutes, SLSA 2005, Chicago (notes taken
by=20
Carol Colatrella)
Present: Eve Keller, Bruce Clarke, Alan Rauch, Arielle Saiber,
Elizabeth=20=

Wilson, Lisa Yaszek, Sue Hagedorn, Wayne Miller, Jay Labinger, Ellen =
Levy,=20
Victoria Alexander, Manuela Rossini, Joseph Tabbi

New member-at-large Lisa Yaszek, introduced by Eve Keller. Financial =
Report=20
(see below).

SLSA 2005 conference report from Joe Tabbi: 260 participants were listed
=
on=20
the program.  Many excellent submissions were refused because of
program=20=

limitations.  More arts sessions were scheduled than in previous years,
=
and=20
more audio-visual equipment was required.  The conference was sponsored
=
by=20
the University of Illinois, Chicago.

European SLSA 2006 Amsterdam report from Manuela Rossini: Potential=20
participants should register at the conference website
http://www.slsa.nl. =
=20
The site lists streams, organizers, and hotels. Deadline for=20
papers/proposals is December 5, 2005.

SLSA 2006 New York, report from Bruce Clarke and Victoria Alexander. =
The=20
conference is scheduled for November 9-12, 2006. A call for papers will
=
be=20
distributed by the end of 2005.  The conference is being planned to =
take=20
place in various locations in downtown Manhattan, with some sessions=20
scheduled in and near Dactyl's home in Soho.  There was extensive =
discussion=20
of how to minimize cost and logistical impediments, while maximizing=20
opportunities for meetings and conversations among participants. 
Ellen=20
Levy, President of the College Art Association, who has planned a number
=
of=20
NY conferences is consulting with the organizers.

Publications Committee and Configurations, report from editors Hugh =
Crawford=20
and Alan Rauch.  The journal is catching up on its schedule with
three=20
issues to come out quite soon. Submissions are welcome.

Bibliographer's Report from Sue Hagedorn.  2000 Bibliography now =
available=20
at http://www.litsci.org.  There's a new look for this page, courtesy =
of=20
Wayne Miller.

Electronic Resources Coordinator's Report from Wayne Miller. A
database=20
system for the Bibliography is in process as is a plan to institute a =
drop=20
down menu at http://www.litsci.org.  This site will soon be renamed
to=20
reflect the inclusion of "arts."

University of Michigan/SLSA Book Series, presented by Eve Keller for =
series=20
editor Susan Squier. Two books were published this year.  Submissions =
are=20
welcome.

Nominations for Second Vice President and Member at Large.  Please
send=20
self-nominations or nominations to Hugh Crawford,=20
hugh.crawford@lcc.gatech.edu.  Candidate statements will be due by =
January=20
1, 2006 to Carol Colatrella, carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu.

Travel awards to support presenting at SLSA 2005 were presented to
Mary=20
Newell, Joan Richardson, Benjamin Robertson, Lori Emerson, Anthony Enns,
=
Joy=20
Howard, Shannon Walters, and Claudia Valdes.

Essay Prizes. The Bruns Essay Prize was awarded to Benjamin
Robertson,=20
SUNY-Buffalo, and the Schachterle Prize to Richard Menke, University
of=20
Georgia.

Bylaws revision: See http://slsa.press.jhu.edu, under Bylaws, to review
=
the=20
proposed draft of the society's bylaws and to see the 1985 bylaws.  A =
ballot=20
will be included in the next printed issue of Decodings, scheduled to =
be=20
mailed January.

Wrap up suggestions (notes taken by Sue Hagedorn)

Bookstore--many did not know it existed until it was closing--needs =
better=20
publicity.  Also, there were not many copies of books that were bound to
=
be=20
popular (the cognitive studies theme).

Business lunch--many new attendees were not aware that they were
welcome=20=

(some thought it was another Executive Committee meeting) or that they =
had=20
already paid for the lunch in registration.  These items need to be =
made=20
clear in registration material, pre-meeting emails.

Registration desk--MUST be in place and functioning (with enough=20
knowledgeable workers) at least several hours before the first
sessions=20
start.  Name tags (with perhaps institution name) available from the =
start.

Printed program--Need a running head for time and day; need map of hotel
=
in=20
program (will be vital in NY); strong desire for email contact list
of=20
participants as well as an index by keywords; also strong desire for=20
pre-conference (by at least several days) list of at least headings
of=20
sessions.

Session participants--speakers need to be coerced into following the =
time=20
rules--we aren't consistent about this.

Program offerings--was especially strong this year with many
intersections=
=20
between threads--the new dynamics of NY might cause great problems--need
=
to=20
be sure opportunity exists to come together at least once a day.  For
NY, =
a=20
very early Discussion Board (set up by Wayne) to look for proposed =
panels=20
was recommended.  (Panels and workshops would allow more to present
in=20
shorter time.)   Starting on Wednesday was considered because of
growing=20=

size, although costs would increase

Hotel--many new people wanted a less expensive (hotel @ $100/night =
range),=20
less-distracting venue.

Additional suggestions emailed after conference
Encourage follow-up to interesting papers/discussions to take place
on=20
litsci-l@duke.edu.  Info about subscribing available at=20
http://slsa.press.jhu.edu (under Bulletin Board).

Conference printed program should have an index, attendee list with =
e-mail=20
addresses, subject or departmental affiliations for everyone.

FINANCIAL REPORT 2004-2005:
http://slsa.press.jhu.edu/decodings/financial_report_2004_2005.pdf 

Members as of September 30, 2005:
    Benefactor 6
    Regular 285
    Gratis 5
    Student 92
    Pension 18
    Sponsor 1


TO BE INCLUDED in printed version to be mailed in early January

Membership renewal

Statements for Candidates

Ballots for bylaws and candidates

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Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 14:03:34 -0500
From: Kara Kendall 
Subject: Call For Papers---Kindred Spirits Conference

Announcing A Call for Papers for 
        Kindred Spirits: the Relationship Between Human and NonHuman
Animals, 
            An Interdisciplinary Conference 

        Law, Race, Speciesism, Sexuality, Feminism, Ethics, Rights
Movements, 
Literature, Religion, Gender Studies, History, Science, Creative
Writing, 
Philosophy, the Visual and Performing Arts, Veterinary Medicine, etc. 

Please visit the Kindred Spirits Website for  information updates:  
        http://www.indiana.edu/~kspirits/ 

Dates: September 7-9, 2006 
Place: Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 

        Ever since ethicist Peter Singer??s seminal book, Animal
Liberation, was 
published in the 1970's, a growing body of work has arisen to address
the 
moral, ethical, sentimental, emotional, economic, philosophical, legal,
and 
religious implications of human relationships with non-human animals.
Pushing 
against the contours of animal rights arguments and animal welfare
arguments 
(perhaps encapsulated in the phrase ?¨empty cages versus larger
cages?Æ), what do 
we envision for the future of our relationship with non-human animals?
How do 
we define ?¨animal?Æ? When we look at non-human animals, what do we
see?±----or 
not see?

        Exploration of human relationships to nonhuman animals not only 
provides intriguing academic and intellectual debates about the very
nature of 
what it means to be ?¨an animal,?Æ but can ultimately have serious and
meaningful 
impact on the lives of real animals. We??ve come a long way since
Descartes 
nailed a dog??s paws to a board, dismissing his cries of pain as
autonomic 
reflexes, in recognizing that animals are sentient beings. But what
about 
animal cognition, emotionality, and communication? How do we measure
animal 
intelligence? What are the very real implications of such attributes 
emotionality and cognition, for example, in the treatment of animals
used in 
research and entertainment, or kept in zoos, and the conditions of farm 
animals, particularly in the age of corporate farming? What about the
discovery 
that large numbers of slaughter house animals are alive as they are
being 
flayed and dismembered? Is philosopher and dog trainer Vicki Hearne
right that 
the animal rights movement has focused too much on the eradication of
animal 
suffering and not enough on the notion of animal happiness? If so, what
does 
animal happiness look like?

        How do representations of animals in the media (film,
television, 
reality shows, animal documentaries) and literature affect our
understanding of 
them? What does it mean to ?¨consider?Æ animals? Historically, what
parallels 
might we find in  the structures of oppression of animals and the
oppression of 
human beings? Are analogies to slavery and the Holocaust (Singer,
Coetzee, 
Alice Walker, Charles Patterson) simply offensive, or useful and
meaningful?

        
        This conference will provide a chance to explore numerous and
complex 
aspects of human and nonhuman relationships, with the purpose of
bringing 
together a variety of scholars, thinkers, creative artists, and animal
lovers  
from across a number of disciplines for what I hope will be a
provocative 
conversation. The following fields and topics offer some idea of what??s
being 
encouraged: law, literature, philosophy, psychology, science, religion, 
history, creative writing, visual arts ethics, morality, race, animals
and 
feminism, eco-feminism, animal cognition and communication, the
emotional lives 
of animals, the law and animals, the sentimental value of animals, the
history 
of human relationships with animals, veterinary medical ethics,
cognitive 
science, etc. 

        The audience is likely to be a mixture of academics and
non-academics. 

                        Proposal Submission Information: 

        Please submit a short, detailed proposal (250-500 words) for a 
presented paper of no more than 30 minutes, along with a short bio and a

condensed vitae (2 pages max).  

                        Regular Mail 

You may mail your proposals by first class mail (please no fed ex) to my
home 
address: 

ATTN: Kindred Spirits Proposal 
Alyce Miller 
2000 E. 2nd Street 
Bloomington, IN 47401 

                        Email 

You may send your proposals in email text (please, no attachments) 
with ?¨Kindred Spirits Proposal?Æ in the subject line to 

almiller@indiana.edu 

Please include the following information on the proposal itself: 

Your full name 
Your preferred mailing address 
Your email address 
Your preferred telephone number 



Deadline for proposals: January 15,  2006 




Alyce Miller 
Attorney-at-Law 
Email: animallawyer2003@yahoo.com 
      and 
Associate Professor of English 
   and Creative Writing 
Department of English 
Ballantine 442 
1020 Kirkwood 
Indiana University 
Bloomington, IN 47405 
________________________ 
Email: almiller@indiana.edu 



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