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2001 Fall

Fall 2001
vol.10, no.3

Including information about
SLS 2001, Buffalo, NY, October 11-14, 2001
SLS in Europe, May 8-12, 2002, Aarhus, Denmark
SLS 2002, Pasadena, CA, October 10-13, 2002
and a poem by Elizabeth Danson

October 11-14, 2001
The Accountability of Scientific and Medical Practices

The Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel
Special Conference Room Rates:
$109 Single or Double; $119 Triples or Quads

For up-to-date information on registration, lodging and
transportation, please consult the website:



Plenary Speaker
Elizabeth Grosz, Australian philosopher and

"Darwin and Ontology."

Featured Scholars/Titles of Presentations: 

	Karen Barad, Physicist and Chair of Women's Studies,
	"Digital Anatomies, Bodily Realities"
	Michael Lynch, Chair of Science and Technology Studies
	"Bodies, Trace Evidence, and Procedural Accountability: The
Continuity of
	Forensic Evidence."
	David Wellbery, William Kurelmeyer Professor of German,
	Johns Hopkins:
	 "Niklas Luhmann's Conceptual Design."

Program Chair 
Jim Swan  jswan@acsu.buffalo.edu

Local Arrangements Chair


SLS2002: Advance Planning Notice
The 2002 SLS meeting will be held in Pasadena, CA, October
10-13. A Call for Papers with more details will be issued
sometime next year. Please save the dates, and start thinking
about organizing a session or contributing a paper. Any
suggestions about themes, plenary speakers, or anything else
should be addressed to Jay Labinger,  jal@its.caltech.edu

The second European conference od SLS experimenting arts and sciences 
May 8-12, 2002
Call for papers and artworkshops.

The second European conference of the International Society
for Literature and Science (SLS) will gather scholars from
human, social, medical, technical and natural sciences, artists,
and individuals interested in inter- and transdisciplinary
approaches and linkages between the study of culture,
literature, visual arts and technoscience, and between science
and the arts. Culture and technoscience were regarded as
disparate activities and fields of study that referred to separate
spheres of society, and to different epistemologies,
methodologies and practices. But in recent years, a growing
number of scholars from many disciplines have forged
transversal lines and links between the study of
culture/literature/visual arts and technoscience, exploring issues
such as:

	 links between fact and fiction
	 transversal lines between science and story-telling
	 links between cultural imaginaries and scientific practices
	 semiotic-material practices
	 how metaphors matter and matter performs metaphorically
	 intersections and incommensurabilities between visual arts,
	literature, culture and technoscience
	 translations between physical and virtual spaces
	 cyborg identities and cyborg bodies
	 feminist and postcolonial perspectives in technoscience

The conference will be a forum for the exchange of ideas
between senior and junior researchers committed to the
exploration of such issues and to experiments with transgression
of boundaries between the formerly disparate fields of
culture/literature/visual arts and technoscience. In particular, the
conference will give space to scholars who want to compare
notes cross-nationally and cross-Atlantically.

Many European scholars seem to be committed to the study of
the new interdisciplinary field of culture & technoscience studies
without knowing about the International Society for Literature
and Science that originally was started by US-colleagues. The
first European conference of the society, held in Brussels in
April 2000, initiated a much needed cross-Atlantic dialogue. The
idea is that the second conference in May 2002 shall take this
process important steps further.

Proposals for papers and workshops are invited from both
senior and junior scholars from all disciplines who are interested
in the links and border transgressions between the study of
culture, literature, visual arts and technoscience.

Abstracts for papers and workshops (200-300 words)
should be sent to
 SLS@imv.au.dk before Oct. 1, 2001.

SLS c/o: 

	Randi Markussen, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
	Dept. of Information and Media Studies
	University of Aarhus
	Niels Juels Gade 84
	8200 Aarhus N
	Phone (switchboard) +45 89 42 11 11
	Phone (direct) +45 89 42 19 66
	Telefax +45 89 42 19 52

Conference website from September 1:
http: //imv.au.dk/SLS-Europe

The City of Aarhus can be visited 'virtually' at
and the University of Aarhus at www.au.dk/en/

SLS HISTORY from minutes of the Aarhus committee
Literature and science has existed as a field of study in the
US since the 1920s, when the Modern Language Association
established a division of that name. Its practitioners were almost
solely literary scholars, and its reigning paradigm was the
"influence" model that focused on the one-way interaction
science to literature. By the 1980s there was a strong desire to
open the field to a greater number of disciplines and

       Discussions among a small group of scholars envisioned a
new Society for Literature and Science (SLS) where scholars
from a broad range of fields, and particularly the sciences,
would feel welcome, and where the discursive arena would
belong to no single discipline or group of disciplines. SLS was
officially launched in 1985 and held the first of its annual
meetings in 1987. 

        The Society's deliberate refusal to delimit "literature
science" encouraged the participation of scholars from many
fields whose common commitment was the investigation of the
representations of rhetoric or the practice of science. 

       Thus, SLS meetings began to attract those interested in
visual and aural as well as textual representations of science.
An important stage in the Society's development was the
establishment of its journal, Configurations that first appeared in
1993. Although a small number of European colleagues have
attended annual meetings in the US, their numerous
contributions to Configurations reflect the much larger number
who share interests among themselves and with their American

        In order to provide a forum for these European scholars to
interact, the first European SLS conference took place in
Brussels in April 2000. Its success provided the momentum for
the second European conference that will take place in Aarhus,
Denmark, in May 2002. Here, the establishment of a European
SLS branch will also be discussed. 


Programme Committee 
Second European conference of SLS,
Aarhus, Denmark, 
May 8-12, 2002 

Yves Abrioux, No‘lle Batt, Gustaaf Cornelis, Florian Dombois,
Diana Davidson, Johan FornŠs, Mark Elam, Solveig JŸlich,
Randi Markussen, 
Olesen, Casper Bruun Jensen, Mette Bryld, Nina Lykke, Anne Scott
Ingunn Moser, Britta Brenna, Steve Weininger, William Paulson Jay
Knoespel, Hugh Crawford, Susan Squier,  Carol Colatrella.


Inklings of Light Years
Algebra, longest period of the day,
almost gave her nose time to detect the smell of ink
exuding from the stained desk-top
and the long-empty inkwell. An old blot
next to her right foot, unsuccessfully scrubbed
and sanded, marked the dragging progress of the sun,
the journey of light, so slow across the floorboards
while the blackboard filled with equations
and chalkdust. Sunbeams supported
the gravity-defying motes that held the world
The lesson touched on infinity,
where parallel lines meet, something she could not
bend her mind around, beyond belief.
She could not even see why they were dragging
letters, which she liked, into the morass of numbers
where she always bogged down.
Besides light,
the room contained one other miracle:
the visible excitement sustained by the elderly
spinster in the face of youth's bafflement,
the romance of the unknown quantity
slipping first into the disguise of x or y,
like Cinderella, then dancing powerfully
until the right question was not only asked
but answered, midnight's darkness lit up,
the glass slipper seen through, then set aside.
These girls WOULD grasp algebra, day after day
dependable; chalk, ink, light, time.
ELIZABETH DANSON, Princeton, New Jersey