The 28th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, hosted by Southern Methodist University, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. October 9-12.

Plenary Speakers:

Karen Barad: Liquid Time, Solid Memories, and Diffracted Histories (Saturday, 6:00-7:30, Lone Star Ballroom A)

Robert Markley: What Was Climate Science? Knowledge without a Future (Friday, 5:30-7:00, Lone Star Ballroom A)

Conference News:

  • The final program and last-minute schedule changes are available here.
  • Saturday’s dance will feature Video Juice by Ben Jouson—’80s and ’90s dance music mixed with obscure and vintage VHS footage.


The concept of fluid in the arts, sciences, and humanities evokes multiple, overlapping definitions that work across and around the edges of disciplinary boundaries. Fluid can describe the property of flow, particles that move freely among themselves and that form and deform under pressure. It can refer to liquids both bodily and cultural, for example, blood and capital. It evokes anything that is not solid, fixed, or stable.

For this year’s conference, we encourage presentations, papers, and artworks that explore fluid as a word, idea, and process applied to borderlands, canvases (and other media in other art forms), philosophical indeterminacies, or dynamic systems, to offer a few suggestions. This is a deliberately expansive topic intended to appeal to a broad range of work in fields including

• bioarts
• critical media theory
• bioethics
• medical humanities
• new frontiers in digital media
• animal studies
• liminal studies
• environmentalism and ecological studies
• science and critical race studies
• the history and philosophy of science
• gender and/in science studies
• rhetoric