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2010 Winter

 NOTE: SLSA members should receive a copy of Decodings sent via
first-class US mail on February 16 to the address provided to Johns
Hopkins University Press. Since I printed and mailed the issue, SLSA
2010 conference organizers have changed the deadlines for submitting
proposals and hearing back from the committee. Those changes have been
incorporated in the text below. Please let me know if you have
questions. THANKS, Carol

Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts         
Winter 2010, Vol. 18, No.3

Call for Papers, SLSA 2010
Travel Awards and Prizes
Candidate Statements
Renewing Membership
Facebook Group


24th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts
PLACE: Indianapolis, Indiana        DATES: October 28-31, 2010

SITE COORDINATOR: Richard Nash, Indiana University
PROGRAM CHAIR: Elizabeth Wilson, Emory University


Submit 250-word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for
consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with
proposed session title. Submit papers and register at

Topics can represent ANY work in literature and science, history of
science, philosophy of science, science and art, or science studies.
SLSA conference programs have always represented the membership's wide
range of interests and research projects.  We are particularly
interested this year in submissions that might coordinate with a stream
of sessions on "Ends of Life," addressing issues in bioethics, medical
humanities, literature and medicine, and Animality Studies, but this is
an open topic conference where a wide range of work will be welcome. We
hope you will join us later this year in Indianapolis.

SLSA MEMBERSHIP:  Participants in the 2010 conference must be 2010
members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more
information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at

TRAVEL AWARDS: SLSA provides a limited number of travel awards for
under-funded individuals attending the annual conference. SLSA members
who participate in the annual conference may apply for travel
subventions. An applicant should email name, title of SLSA presentation,
information about conference funding, and an indication of how long one
has been a member to the Executive Director to
carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu by September 1. SLSA officers will
review the applications and approve funds for one to three individuals,
with preference given to students most in need. Each person awarded
funds will receive a check at the conference. 

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 the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Graduate students wishing to have their essays considered for the $250
prize should submit them by September 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

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 nontenured scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit
essays (published or accepted for publication) should send them prior to
September 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. 

SLSA holds an annual 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
    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: all of the awards described above are presented during the
Business Meeting of the annual fall conference. One may submit only one
entry to one of the two essay prize competitions. 


Second Vice President (The second vice president’s term begins
fall 2010 and ends fall 2012, when the person becomes first vice
president for two years and subsequently becomes president for two

Robert Markley, Professor of English
University of Illinois

As a member of SLSA since its inception, I have watched the organization
expand in a number of exciting ways.  As Second Vice-President, I will
work to sustain the intellectual vitality that is a hallmark of the
organization, in part by encouraging more participation in conferences
and more submissions to Configurations from scholars working in emerging
fields such as climate science, food studies, and animal studies. 
Having collaborated with scientists on several projects, I will explore
ways for expanding grant opportunities for SLSA members and securing
external support for ventures such as the SLSA book series.

Member-at-Large (replacing current member-at-large Aden Evens and
serving fall 2010 to fall 2012)

John G. Hatch, Associate Professor of Art History and
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The University of Western Ontario  

My first encounter with the SLSA was at the 1995 annual conference in
Los Angeles when it was the SLS (Society for Literature and Science)
where I met a handful of people in my specific area of interest who I've
remained friends with ever since. To have a forum to exchange ideas on
possible connections between the arts and the sciences has proven
invaluable to my own work and to those whom I've had the opportunity to
introduce to the association.  Too often the study of the interaction of
the arts and sciences tends to be regarded as an eclectic and somewhat
eccentric area of study by various associations, or it is dealt with at
a very superficial level, reinforcing the former. The SLSA continues to
produce work in terms of its journal, Configurations, and conferences
that matches the quality and level of sophistication of research
practiced in more traditional disciplines, demonstrating rather
convincingly that interdisciplinary scholarship can work and is not
simply the weak sister of single discipline areas.  My own scholarship
has benefitted greatly from my membership in SLSA and my standing for
member-at-large is the least I can do to thank the Association for its
support and actively promote its activities. 

Melissa Littlefield, Assistant Professor
English Department/Kinesiology and Community Health Department
University of Illinois

During the last ten years I have been involved with SLSA as a graduate
student and, now, as an assistant professor. Having served on the
Kendrick Book Prize Committee in 2009, I am eager to help the
organization further. As an assistant professor whose appointment
literally spans several fields (I am jointly appointed in the English
Department and the Kinesiology and Community Health Department and am
affiliated with the 
Science, Technology, Information and Medicine Program at the U of
Illinois) I am particularly interested in helping SLSA form stronger
affiliations with the sciences and scientists. As a member-at-large, my
goals would be to represent the organization and its membership, seek
outlets for promotion of our work, and find avenues for novel
partnerships between the humanities, the sciences, and the arts.

Steven J. Oscherwitz
Artist and Independent Scholar 

At SLSA’s annual conferences, I have expressed the
multidimensional character of strong scholarship, connecting the history
of science and art, philosophy and phenomenology to articulate how an
artist who paints and draws has unique cognitive strengths in producing

If elected, I would work for and support: 

1. SLSA encouraging writers, poets, artists, and scientists to
participate in conference formats structured for open and reciprocal
2. An annual panel rigorously examining phenomenological writings of
Edmund Husserl and Merleau- Ponty.
3. Space in “Decodings” where artists/researchers present
their pictures in a format that explicates their use of pictures as
having a primary function in their theoretical expression. 
4. Contacting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute scientists in
Seattle, to participate in future SLSA meetings.
5.  Contacting my alma mater The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
to have their artists participate in future annual meetings.



To join or to renew membership, please see
http://press.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/associations/sls_membership.cgi, or call
Johns Hopkins University Press Journals at 800 548 1784 (US & Canada
only, all others call 410 516 6987). Monday- Friday, 8-am-5pm FAX 410
516 6968. Email: jrnlcirc@press.jhu.edu. 


Jamie Bono of the University of Pittsburgh has set up a Facebook site
for the organization. SLSA members interested in joining can connect at


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Mail ballot to SLSA Executive Director, Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia
Tech, 686 Cherry St., Atlanta GA 30332-0165 

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board, 2010-11

President: Alan Rauch, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Richard Nash, Indiana University
Second Vice-President: Laura Otis, Emory University
Members-at-Large: Aden Evens, Dartmouth College; John Bruni, South
Dakota School of Mines and 
Technology; Kevin LaGrandeur, New York Institute of Technology

Past Presidents: 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; Mark Greenberg, Drexel
University; Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen
J. Weininger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Editors of Configurations: Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University
T. Hugh Crawford, Georgia Institute of Technology
Alan Rauch, University of North Carolina-Charlotte (arauch@uncc.edu)

Publications Committee (2009-12): Ron Broglio, Rob Mitchell, Elizabeth

Bibliographer: Sue Hagedorn, Virginia Tech (hagedors@vt.edu)
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University

Carol Colatrella, Executive Director, SLSA        PHONE: 404 894 1241  
EMAIL: carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu

SLSA websites: http://www.litsciarts.org AND http://slsa.press.jhu.edu