Primary SLSA Call

This is the general information page  for paper abstracts, workshops, etc. Please see separate pages for the art opportunity, ASLE call, and game studies stream submissions.

SLSA 2019: Experimental Engagements

November 7-9, 2019

University of California, Irvine

In the past two meetings, SLSA has taken a close look at how we use concepts of time and mind to regulate our relationship to the world. For SLSA 2019, we want to turn our attention towards practices that engage with a world out of balance. We are especially interested in creative, speculative, embodied, and other experimental engagements that take place at the margins of art, science, and literature.

A few of the concerns we imagine might be addressed at SLSA 2019 include:

  • How new aesthetics and ethics of social engagement arise within individual lives and specific communities of practice
  • How speculative practices tangle with reigning ideals of the utopic, communitarian, and transcendental
  • How experimental practices may require working in stealth mode
  • How marginal practices are defined as such, and how that can be changed
  • How social media reframes the errors, failures, and missteps of experimentation as well as the possibilities of success
  • How experimental practices differ from other forms of knowledge-building or making
  • How counter-dominant forms and practices are attenuated or even flipped through normalization
  • How engagement avoids such pitfalls as addressing symptoms rather than causes, or devolving into propaganda
  • How practices and ideas written off by those in power as minor, obsolete, trivial, narrow, or crazy find a toehold
  • How it might be necessary to change how we teach art, science, and literature to future generations
  • How it is possible to transformatively address the center from the periphery


DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2019

MAY 01, 2019 : 

Please note that we have extended our deadline to May 15. 

Submissions for SLSA 2019 will be accepted in three categories:

  • Individual papers and pre-organized panels
  • Workshops, roundtables, and unique events
  • A special art opportunity — see “Special Art Opportunity” in the menu for details

For individual papers, please submit a 300-word abstract along with title and affiliation.

Optionally, up to four papers may be pre-organized into panels. In this case, each participant should submit their abstracts individually and also make sure to enter the proposed title of the panel.

Workshops, roundtable discussions, unique offsite events, and other alternative and creative formats are encouraged and may be submitted separately. For these, please submit up to 500 words describing your proposed activity. If necessary you may also include supporting material as a PDF.

We are also soliciting submissions for a special art opportunity for SLSA members that will lead to an exhibition and a publication.

We strongly request that you limit yourselves to one proposal per category so that we are able to include as many participants as possible.

Participants in SLSA 2019 must be current members of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. However, you do not need to be a member in order to submit a proposal to the conference.

Please note: There are now separate calls for an ASLE-sponsored panel and a game studies stream at SLSA 2019 that you may want to check out.