Tempe, Arizona, USA
9-12 November, 2017

art of cactusWelcome to the human and inhuman deserts of Arizona.

Arizona State University will host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. ASU is located in Tempe Arizona, about fifteen minutes from the Phoenix Airport. The range of interdisciplinary labs and centers and the beautiful November weather make this an ideal locale for the conference.

The SLSA 2017 theme will be “Out of Time,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. Some of the areas related to the conference theme include: Nonhuman temporalities, Species extinction, Life after humans, slow time, the long now, Time and Computing, Digital Temporalities, Bio-political Time, Time and Capital, and much more. All proposal abstracts for roundtables, panel sessions, contributed papers, and posters must be submitted by Wednesday, May 15, 2017 (midnight EDT). See Submissions for more information and the full CFP.


For questions and inquiries email: slsacactus@gmail.com

The site organizers are Ron Broglio (ASU) and Adam Nocek (ASU).


We are deeply thankful for the support from the following Colleges,  Departments, and Centers that have made this conference possible.


College of Liberal Arts and Science
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
New College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Schools and Departments

English Department
School of Art
School of Arts, Media, and Engineering
School for the Future of Innovation in Society
School of International Letters and Culture

Institutes and Centers

Animal Revolution
Center for Science and the Imagination
Institute for Humanities Research
Laboratory for Critical Technics
Museum of Walking
Synthesis Center

Special thanks

Andy Brown – Phoenix based artist & responsible for cactus images

Conference Location

image of memorial union

Image courtesy: http://powerparasol.com/portfolio/memorial-union-at-arizona-state-university/

This year’s conference will be held on the ASU Tempe Campus, 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

Most conference panels and the keynotes will be at ASU’s Memorial Union, which is located in the heart of campus at 301 E. Orange St.  Here are maps of the MU: first floor, and second floor. More information is available at the MU’s website.

Workshops will be on the second floor of Matthews Center (MCENT). The opening reception is at the ASU Art Museum (FAC). The art exhibition is in the Harry Wood Gallery in the Tempe Center (TMPCT) near the Art Museum.

The Memorial Union can be difficult to distinguish from other campus buildings. It is best recognized by the solar-panel covered patio on the building’s north side.



About ASU

Arizona State University

With an enrollment of over 80,000 students and one of the largest populations of international students in the country, Arizona State University makes a welcome and appropriate home for the 2017 Annual Meeting. ASU strives to establish a model for the “New American University,” functioning as a comprehensive knowledge enterprise dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. Amongst other honors, U.S. News & World Report named ASU the #1 “Most Innovative School” of all colleges and universities in the country.


Local Dining

The conference location is walking distance from Downtown Tempe, specifically historic Mill Avenue. The area features a wide variety of dining and drink options, from handcrafted paletas (Mexican popsicles) to trendy gastropubs.

Dining Distance Map

Museums and Culture

Nearby Museums and Cultural Attractions

The Phoenix Museum of Modern Art

“Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the southwestern United States providing access to visual arts and educational programs. Top exhibitions are shown alongside the museum’s collection of more than 18,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design.”¹

Arizona Science Center

“Arizona Science Center has a rich history of exploration, innovation and collaboration. Beginning as a community project of The Junior League of Phoenix in 1980, the Center has established itself as a major institution of learning for families, teachers and students and other guests.”²

Musical Instrument Museum

“MIM displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves.”³

The Heard Museum

“Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art.”4

Parks and Hiking

Nearby Parks and Natural Attractions

Desert Botanical Garden

“For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.”¹

Hayden Butte

“’A’ Mountain at Hayden Butte is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Tempe, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”²

Hole in the Rock Trail

“Hole in the Rock Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Phoenix, AZ that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.”³

Travel and Accomodations

Air Travel to Tempe

Sky Harbor Airport is located in the heart of the Phoenix Metro Area, just 4.5 miles from the ASU Tempe Campus. Sky Harbor is a major hub for American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, and provides direct flights to a variety of locations.

Sky Harbor Airport to Tempe

There are many options to get from Sky Harbor Airport to Tempe.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation

The PHX Sky Train automated train system provides transportation around Sky Harbor’s terminals, and connects to the Valley Metro Rail at the 44th St/Washington Valley Station. The Valley Metro Rail provides a direct route to Tempe, with multiple stops in the vicinity of the ASU Tempe Campus (such as the Rural Road Light Rail Station).

One-way fare is $2 and can be purchased ahead of time or with cash at the Rail Station. An online Light Rail Trip Planner is available. Call (602) 253-5000 for more information.

Taxi and Shuttles

Taxi and Shuttles

Taxis and Supershuttle Vans are available at each terminal. Super Shuttle Service is generally convenient and much more economical than taxi service. Contact Super Shuttle  to make a reservation at 800-258-3826 or visit their website to book online.

Rental Cars

Rental Cars

All major car rental companies have offices at Sky Harbor. Be sure to make a reservation.

Parking At ASU

Visitor parking is available at the Apache Blvd. Parking Structure. You may reserve parking on the Tempe campus ahead of your visit through Parking and Transit Services.


We have negotiated conference rates at the following two hotels, both of which are a 5-10 walk from the conference venue.

When booking rooms conference participants should ask for the SLSA rate.

The Graduate

Book your group rate.
Conference Rate: $99/night

The Graduate Hotel is approximately a 10-15 minute walk to local dining and bars. There is also a good diner and bar on-site.
225 E Apache Boulevard
Tempe, AZ

Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University

Book your group rate for SLSA Room Block November 9th-12th.
Book your group rate for SLSA Room Block November 8th-9th.
Note that booking for Nov. 8-9 is separate due to different hotel room availability on the night of the Nov. 8th.
Conference Rate: $130/night

Residence Inn is located just a 4-8 minute walk from Downtown Tempe and a wide variety of dining and bars.
510 South Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ
(480) 967-2300

 Alternative Hotels

There are many other hotels in the area you might consider. Click here for a list.


Arizona State University will host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Most conference panels and the keynotes will be at the Memorial Union (MU).

SLSA Membership

Remember: you must be a current (2017) member of SLSA to present at the Tempe SLSA conference. Membership information is available on the SLSA website. If you are renewing and don’t know your SLSA Membership number, you can find it on the mailing labels for Configurations, or by going to this lookup link.

Conference Registration

To reserve a spot on the program, attendees must register by September 8, 2017. Late registrations will incur an additional fee of $75.