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2011 Spring

Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts
Spring 2011, Vol. 20, No.3

*ELECTION RESULT: Member-at-large 2011-2013


Suzanne Black won the election as incoming member-at-large to replace
John Bruni and Kevin LaGrandeur. Suzanne’s term will begin at SLSA 2011
and continue through SLSA 2013. Thanks to Sam Kimball and Paul Youngman
for agreeing to serve as candidates in the recent election.


25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts
PLACE: Kitchener, Ontario
VENUES: Delta Hotel Kitchener, THEMUSEUM, Critical Media Lab (all within
three short city blocks)
DATES: September 22-25, 2011  
SITE COORDINATOR: Marcel O’Gorman, University of Waterloo
PROGRAM CHAIRS: Melissa Littlefield and Robert Markley, U. of Illinois;
Susan Squier, Penn State University.  

TO MAY 15, 2011

SLSA MEMBERSHIP: Participants in the 2011 conference must be 2011
members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more
information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at
PLEASE NOTE: Conference participants should note the early date of the
2011 meeting and should observe the submission deadline. Making travel
arrangements in a timely way is also recommended. See the information
about the conference at http://www.litsciarts.org

The theme for 2011 is “PHARMAKON,” that which can both kill and cure.
From Socrates’ hemlock to nuclear radiation, the pharmakon offers an
opportunity to explore the concept of indeterminacy as it applies to a
number of research topics, including the following:
•critical media theory
•medical humanities
•new frontiers in digital media
•animal studies
•environmentalism and ecological studies
•new directions in rhetoric and writing studies
•the history and philosophy of science
•gender and/in science studies
PLEASE NOTE: This is an open conference where a wide range of work will
be welcome. Proposed topics can represent ANY work in literature and
science, history of science, philosophy of science, science and art, or
science studies.

Plenary speakers for 2011 are BERNARD STIEGLER (Institut de Recherche et
d’Innovation, Author of Technics and Time, etc.) and ISABELLE STENGERS
(Université de Bruxelles, author of Cosmopolitics, etc.).

For panel contributions, submit a 250-word abstract with title.
Pre-organized panels for consideration can contain an additional summary
paragraph along with proposed session title.  Submit abstracts for
papers/proposals for sessions and register at

NEW FOR 2011: Poster Presentations. Poster presentations are
traditionally under the purview of scientific conferences. This year,
SLSA would like to challenge the boundaries of the poster presentation
as well as provide space for more scientists to get involved with the
society. If you would like to present your research in the form of a
poster, we will have dedicated space to do so. Presenters will have an
opportunity to discuss their work informally, and they MUST attend the
conference to display their work.

THE “A” IN SLSA: This year’s conference will include, among other
interventions, bicycle tours of contemporary public art. For 2011, we
are teaming up with THEMUSEUM of Kitchener and the Contemporary Art
Forum of Kitchener + Area (CAFKA). THEMUSEUM will exhibit a
retrospective of computational art entitled Rethinking Art & Machine
(RAM), and CAFKA will hold its biennial festival of public art, which
will provide a larger context for the conference. The theme for CAFKA
2011 is “survive.resist”. This collaboration is designed to place more
emphasis on the “A” in SLSA. To this end, we welcome panel proposals
from artists and scholars interested in public art and the theme of
“survive.resist,” in addition to arts-oriented papers and panels on the
theme of “PHARMAKON.”
         We invite proposals from artists for an SLSA exhibition to be
held in the Critical Media Lab. Proposals will be considered in the
context of the conference theme of “PHARMAKON.” Please visit the
Critical Media Lab web site to better understand the context for this
exhibition (http://criticalmedia.uwaterloo.ca). Artistic proposals must
include a 1-2-page description that clearly outlines the project and its
relationship to “Pharmakon,” as well as technical and space
requirements. Artists must also provide up to five (5) pages of images
and/or a URL to a web site that clearly illustrates the proposed work
and/or previous work that is relevant to the proposal. Address all
submissions and questions to Marcel O’Gorman (marcel@uwaterloo.ca).
Participating artists will have full access to all conference
activities, and will not have to pay registration fees or SLSA dues.
They will also be eligible for SLSA Travel Awards (see below).

BOOK + ART PANELS: The SLSA Publications Committee is soliciting
proposals from published authors, artists, and curators who wish to
discuss their RECENT work in a longer format than a regular panel
presentation. The panel will consist of the author/artist/curator and
two respondents/commentators. Please send a brief proposal or
nomination, and a list of possible respondents/commentators to Ron
Broglio (Ronald.Broglio@asu.edu), who will share proposals with others
on the Publications Committee (Elizabeth Wilson and Rob Mitchell).

TRAVEL AWARDS: SLSA provides a limited number of travel awards for
underfunded individuals attending the annual conference. Members of SLSA
who present at the annual conference may apply for travel subventions.
An applicant should email name, title of SLSA presentation, an
indication of how long one has been a member of SLSA, and any
information about funding for the conference to the Executive Director
at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu by August 1. Please provide estimated
travel expenses and the amount of support (if any) anticipated from
other sources. If you have received travel support from SLSA in the
past, please include information about that support (when and how much).
SLSA officers will review applications and approve funds for as many as
our budget permits; preference will be given to students and those most
in need. Each person awarded funds will be presented with a check at the
conference business meeting.  

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 SLSA. Graduate students wishing to have their essays
considered for the $250 prize should submit them by August 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 a non-tenured scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit
essays (published or accepted for publication) should send them prior to
August 1 to the Executive Director 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.  

competition for the 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 between
January 1 and December 31 of the prior year. The winner will receive
$250.00. To have your book considered for the Kendrick Prize, please
send (or have your publisher send) three copies 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: Awards described above will be presented during the Business
Meeting of the annual fall conference. One may submit only one entry to
one of the two essay prize competitions.

SLSA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  The SLSA Executive Committee will each
year appoint a committee to seek and review nominations for the SLSA
Lifetime Achievement award. Members of this committee will include a
former President of SLSA, who will serve as chair, one currently serving
member at large, and one other SLSA member. The Lifetime Achievement
Awards Committee will send out an announcement asking members to
nominate candidates whose significant interdisciplinary scholarship is
exemplary of SLSA. The committee will then review nominations from the
membership to select a recipient of the award or to decide not to make
an award for that year. In years when an award is made, it will be
presented at the business meeting of the annual conference. The 2012
Lifetime Achievement committee is chaired by Kate Hayles of Duke
University (katherine.hayles@duke.edu). Trace Reddell and Kevin
LaGrandeur are members.

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board, 2011

President: Richard Nash, Indiana University
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Laura Otis, Emory University
Second Vice-President: Robert Markley, University of Illinois at
Members-at-Large: John Bruni, Grand Valley State University; Kevin
LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology; Melissa Littlefield,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Past Presidents:  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, UCLA; Mark Greenberg, Drexel
University; Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen
J. Weininger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Configurations Editors: Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University
(bruce.clarke@ttu.edu); Alan Rauch, University of North
Carolina-Charlotte (arauch@uncc.edu)
Configurations Book Review Editors: John Bruni, Grand Valley State
University; Jodie Nicotra, University of Idaho; Allison DuShane,
University of Arizona
Publications Committee (2009-12): Ron Broglio, University of Arizona;
Rob Mitchell, Duke University; Elizabeth Wilson, Emory University
Bibliographer: Sue Hagedorn, Virginia Tech (hagedors@vt.edu)
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University

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


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