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2010 Summer

Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts         
                Summer 2010, Vol. 19, No.3

*SLSA 2010

SLSA 2010, 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

All those submitting proposals for papers and panels should have
received responses. Chairs/organizers of panel should forward
notification to all panel members.  Many thanks to those who sent in
updates on keywords and AV requests; it made our job at lot easier this
year.  We are looking forward to seeing you in October!

See the conference website (http://litsciarts.org/slsa10) through the
summer for conference updates, including registration, hotel
information, and other details.  The conference rate ($125) at the hotel
will be available until September 28, 2010, or until the conference
block is full. The society and conference benefit from your staying at
the conference hotel as session room rates are based on sleeping rooms

Conference information will also be posted on the SLSA listserve as soon
as it is available.  If you are not yet on the SLSA listserv, you can
join at: http://litsciarts.org/emailsubscription.html

The full draft of the program will be available online on September 1.
The conference organizers are delighted to announce a new forum at this
year's event: the inaugural series of SLSA book panels. The opening
session on Thursday evening (4:00-5:30pm) will be a series of panels
where invited speakers have been asked to respond to a recently
published book in science studies, and the author will be offering a
rejoinder.  We hope you might add the work of these authors (as below)
to your summer reading.

Book panel I: Robert Mitchell (Duke University) Bioart and the Vitality
of Media. University of Washington Press 2010.
Respondents: Thomas Lamarre and Adam Zaretsky. Chair: Phillip Thurtle

Book panel II: Wendy Chun (Brown University) Programmed Visions:
Software, DNA, Race. MIT Press, forthcoming Spring 2011.
Respondents: Katherine Behar and Patricia Clough. Chair: N. Katherine

Book panel III: Hannah Landecker (UCLA) Culturing Life: How Cells Became
Technologies. Harvard University Press 2008.
Respondents: Melissa Littlefield and Anne Pollack. Chair: Susan Squier

Book panel IV: Joan Richardson (CUNY) A Natural History of Pragmatism:
The Fact of Feeling from Jonathan Edwards to Gertrude Stein. Cambridge
University Press 2007.
Respondents: Steven Meyer and Laura Dassow Walls. Chair: Jim Bono

Book panels will be followed on Thursday, October 28, 2010, by the
opening reception and the first plenary session (Karen Barad [UCSC] and
Vicki Kirby [UNSW]).  The Friday night plenary speaker is Jay Hosler
(http://www.jayhosler.com).  And as always there will be the SLSA dance
on Saturday evening.  The conference concludes at midday on Sunday.

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

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.

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
Submission for the Kendrick Prize were due 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


The SLSA Executive Committee will each spring 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 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. The Lifetime
Achievement award will be presented at the business meeting of the
annual meeting. The 2010 Lifetime Achievement committee will be chaired
by Susan Squier of Penn State University (sxs62@psu.edu); Trace Reddell
and Nigel Rothfels are members.

TRAVEL AWARDS (updated description)

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 September 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.

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.

Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board, 2009-10

President: Alan Rauch, University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Richard Nash, University of Indiana
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, UCLA; Mark Greenberg, Drexel
University; Lance Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen
J. Weininger, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Editors of Configurations:
Bruce Clarke, Texas Tech University (bruce.clarke@ttu.edu
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

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