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History of SLSA

The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts fosters the multi-disciplinary study of the relations among literature and language, the arts, science, medicine and technology. SLSA was inaugurated at the 17th International Congress of the History of Science, Berkeley, CA, in August 1985. Since then membership in SLSA has grown rapidly. Each year the annual SLSA convention attracts hundreds of participants from many different disciplines, including the history, sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, and philosophy of science, technology and medicine; literary history and criticism; art history and media studies; the cognitive sciences; and all areas of science, technology, engineering, and medicine. In addition to Configurations, SLSA sponsors a book series, publishes a newsletter, Decodings, and maintains a membership directory, which lists members’ interests. The Society also produces an annual bibliography of scholarship.