Decodings Fall 2018


Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Newsletter          

Fall 2018, Vol. 27, No.4

 *SLSA 2018 Conference, Toronto, Canada

*SLSA Awards

*SLSA 2019 Conference: Irvine, CA


*Election Results

*Graduate Liaisons

*Configurations: Call for Reviewers and Contributions

*SLSA Bibliographers Needed

*SLSA Website: Contributions welcome

*AnthropoScene: SLSA Book Series
*SLSA Europe

SLSA 2018 Conference “Out of Mind,” November 15-18, 2018, Toronto, Canada

Plenary Speakers: Jack Halberstam and Skawennati

Site Coordinators: David Cecchetto (York University) and Marcel O’Gorman (University of Waterloo)

We’re all out of our minds, in more ways than one. Some things we consciously put out of mind in order to think, while others gain their potency precisely from having always been outside of mind ‘proper.’ Madness, post- and pre-neuroscience, precognition, superstition, stupidity (bêtise), and bureaucracy all obtain on the question of our minds and their relation to thinking. (For further description, see information on the SLSA website.)
The conference will include an arts exhibit, curated by Belinda Kwan, including a video by Skawennati. Contributing artists and other members are encouraged to apply for travel awards (see below).

The SLSA 2018 Program is now posted at Note that in some cases, individual papers were added to proposed panels, and also some panels may appear incomplete because we are awaiting confirmation from a participant.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, and PLEASE register as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly; the early bird rates are available until September 15, 2018.

Questions about submissions: Those submitting proposals to the conference received notification of acceptance in mid-June 2018. Direct questions or concerns to the organizers at

Conference Registration: Registration is open here:

All participants in SLSA 2018 must be 2018 members of SLSA. To join or renew membership click on this link: or call the Johns Hopkins University Press Journals Division at 1-800-548-1784 (US & Canada only, all others call 410-516-6987). Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm, Fax: 410-516-6968, Email:

Hotel Reservations: The location of most conference sessions will be the Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 2L2, Canada. The SLSA conference rate for single and double rooms is $219 (Canadian); this rate is available until October 16, 2018. To make your reservation, call1-800-HILTONS, and reference SLSA18 to receive the conference rate. The online reservation form is at The cut-off date to make reservations at the conference rate is October 16, 2018. Please make your reservation through these means at the Hilton as SLSA has contracted with the hotel to fill a certain number of rooms, and conference costs increase if we do not meet that room block.

Travel Information: The Hilton Toronto is centrally located, and can be accessed by public transit from anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. From Pearson airport, the UP Express train costs about $12 and runs directly to Union Station downtown with just two stops en route; just follow the ‘trains to downtown’ signs in the airport. Once you’re at Union Station you can either walk to the hotel (10 minutes), or take Line 1 of the subway in the University direction, getting off at Osgoode Station.

Travel Requirement for Entry into Canada:  Canada now requires an “ETA authorization” for many travelers, including US Permanent Residents (green card holders).  The application and information are online at Apply for the authorization well before your flight.

2018 Travel Awards and 2018 SLSA NSF Travel Grants: Those awarded travel grants have been notified by email; direct questions to Carol Colatrella,

Essay and Book Prizes: Information about the Bruns Essay Prize, the Schachterle Essay Prize, and the Kendrick Book Prize is available at:

2019 SLSA Lifetime Achievement Award: The SLSA Executive Committee annually appoints a committee to seek and review nominations for the SLSA Lifetime Achievement award. Committee members include a former President of SLSA, who serves as chair, one currently serving member at large, and one other SLSA member. The Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee asks members to nominate candidates whose significant, interdisciplinary scholarship is exemplary of SLSA. The committee members will nominate candidates and should collaborate on reviewing nominations from the membership to select a recipient of the award or to decide not to make an award for that year. Nominations for the award are due by August 15, 2019; the next issue of Decodings will include the names of committee members.

The 2019 SLSA Conference is planned for November 7-10, 2019, in Irvine, CA; sponsors include the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, Irvine.

DONATIONS: Anyone wishing to donate to SLSA can do so in a number of ways: you may donate when you renew membership, or you can mail a check made out to SLSA to the Executive Director, or you can direct a donation from your retirement funds. All donations are appreciated and will help fund society initiatives, including its journal, conference, and awards.

ELECTION RESULTS: The incoming Second Vice-President (serving from fall 2018 to fall 2020 and later as First Vice-President) is Maria Whiteman, Research Scholar, Artistic Social Practice, Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. The incoming Member-at-Large (serving from fall 2018 to fall 2020) is Raymond Malewitz, Associate Professor and MA Director in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University.

GRADUATE STUDENT LIAISONS: Jap-Nanak Makkar’s term as graduate student liaison runs from fall 2017 to fall 2019, and McKenzie Stupica’s will run from fall 2018 to fall 2010. You can contact Jap-Nanak at and McKenzie at

NEW SLSA HEAD BIBLIOGRAPHER AND CALL FOR VOLUNTEER BIBLIOGRAPHERS: Kari Nixon, Whitworth University ( has volunteered to serve as the new SLSA head bibliographer. Thanks to Jenni Rhee for her excellent work and to Jap-Nanak Makkar for coordinating recruitment for the position. Please let Kari know if you are interested in serving as a bibliographer.

CONTRIBUTE TO THE SLSA WEBSITE: New publication announcements, course syllabi and other material for display on the website are welcome. Please see the site for details, or contact Wayne Miller, SLSA Electronic Resources Coordinator, at with any questions or comments.

SLSA Europe
The SLSAeu also welcomes membership and support from friends and colleagues beyond Europe. To join, see
Mailing list for SLSAeu:
SLSAeu LinkedIn:
SLSAeu Facebook:
The 2018 SLSAeu conference GREEN took place in Copenhagen, from 13-16 June:
Locations of the next SLSA Europe conferences are: Athens (2019), Katawice (2020) and Luxembourg (2021, to be considered).

ANTHROPOSCENE: NEW SLSA BOOK SERIES FROM PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS: AnthropoScene is a new book series from the Pennsylvania State University Press, published in collaboration with SLSA. While not all scientists have accepted the term “anthropocene” as part of the geological timescale, the idea that humans are changing the planet and its environments in radical and irreversible ways has provoked new kinds of cross-disciplinary thinking about relationships among the arts, human technologies, and nature. This is the broad, cross-disciplinary basis for books published in AnthropoScene. Books in this series include specialized studies for scholars in a variety of disciplines as well as widely accessible works of interest to broad audiences. They will examine, in a variety of ways, relationships and points of intersection among natural, biological, and applied sciences and literary, visual, and performing arts. The AnthropoScene series represents the depth and breadth of work being done by scholars in literature, science, and the arts, putting innovative juxtapositions within reach of specialists and non-specialists alike.

Series Editors are Lucinda Cole and Robert Markley, both at the University of Illinois. Series Advisory Board members are Stacy Alaimo, University of Texas at Arlington; Ron Broglio, Arizona State University; Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology; Heidi Hutner, Stony Brook University; Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon; Christopher Morris, University of Texas at Arlington; Laura Otis, Emory University; Will Potter, Washington, D.C.; Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma; Susan Squier, Penn State University; Rajani Sudan, Southern Methodist University; and Kari Weil, Wesleyan University.

Submissions to the AnthropoScene series should include a three- to five-page proposal outlining the intent of the project, its scope, its relation to other work on the topic, and its intended audience(s). Please also include two to three sample chapters, if available, and your CV. Questions or submissions? Contact Penn State Press:  Kendra Boileau, Editor-in-Chief, at or (814) 867-2220. Or email the series editors: Lucinda Cole at and Robert Markley at
——————————————————————————————————————————————————-Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board (2018)

President: Ron Broglio, Arizona State University
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Marcel O’Gorman, University of Waterloo
Second Vice-President: David Cecchetto, York University, Toronto
Members-at-Large: Rebecca Perry, University of Virginia (2016-2018); John Hay, University of Nevada-Las
Vegas (2017-2019)
Graduate Student Liaisons: Nicole Keller Day, Northeastern University (to fall 2018);
Jap-Nanak Makkar, University of Virginia (to fall 2019); McKenzie Stupica, Northwestern
University (to fall 2020).
Past Presidents: Robert Markley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Laura Otis, Emory University; Richard Nash, Indiana University; Alan Rauch, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; 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, Duke University; Mark Greenberg, Drexel University; Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen J. Weininger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Configurations Editors: Melissa Littlefield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rajani Sudan, Southern
Methodist University Configurations Email address:
Configurations Book Review Editor: Jeffrey Karnicky, Department of English, 2505 University Avenue,
Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311. Email:
Publications Committee: Susan Squier, Penn State University; Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma; Pamela
Gossin, University of Texas at Dallas
Bibliographer: Kari Nixon, Whitworth University. Email:
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University (
Arts Liaisons: Dennis Summers (; Kiki Benzon (; Maria
Whiteman (
Social Media Liaison: Nicole Fletcher (
The Executive Director can be reached at (404) 894-1241 or  Postal address: Carol Colatrella, Executive Director, SLSA, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 686 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA  30332-0165

SLSA websites: and