SLSA 2020

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines: https://easychair.org/cfp/slsa-2020

Submission Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slsa20200

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2020

While submissions are strongly encouraged by June 1, 2020, we realize that the disruptions caused by COVID-19 may make this deadline challenging for many. As such, we will continue to consider submissions on a rolling basis until August 1, or until the conference schedule is fully populated. Our review process will provide participants with notification within a month of submission.


In light of COVID-19 disruptions, the 2020 SLSA conference will provide a “blended experience” style conference and member poster exhibition, with opportunities for both on-site and virtual participation. So, if you’d like to be part of SLSA2020 and cannot make it to Ann Arbor for various reasons, we will work to accommodate you to present virtually and be part of our community with your blended presence.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
16-18 October, 2020

Welcome to the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, hosted by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

The SLSA 2020 theme will be “Energy,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. 

Conference Chair: Irina Aristarkhova
Exhibition Co-Curators: Srimoyee Mitra and Amanda McDonald Crowley
Keynote: Lisa Nakamura
Keynote: Raqs Media Collective (Co-founders of The Sarai Programme at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies)
Partners: Digital Studies Institute, Comparative LiteratureEnglish Language and Literature, and  Center for South Asian Studies


CFP and Submissions

The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts invites submissions for its 34th annual meeting on October 16-18, 2020. Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and partners will host the SLSA2020, which will be held at the Michigan Union and Michigan League in Ann Arbor. The SLSA 2020 theme will be “Energy,” and papers, panels and artwork submissions on all SLSA-related topics are welcome.

We seek proposals for panels, individual papers, workshops, events and artworks that deal with topics related to the expanded notion of ENERGY. Energy (etymologically meaning “in or at work, working”) connects us to the most pressing issues of the day: mental and physical vitality or fatigue (individual and collective, personal and political, creative and professional); the sources of energy (their extraction, depletion, abundance, and exhaustion); scientific theories and creative imagination around relation between matter and energy (as in electromagnetic, particle, gravitational, acoustic forms of radiation; the living and the non-living, metamorphosis). Energy also connects science and profit, history and war, flesh and labor. Building on previous SLSA topics “Out of Time” and “(Out of) Mind,” in October 2020 we also invite you to consider the meaning of being “out of energy.” 

Submission Guidelines

Submissions for SLSA2020 will be accepted in three categories:

  • Individual papers and pre-organized panels
  • Workshops, roundtables, and unique events
  • A Poster Member Exhibition

For individual papers, contributors should submit a 250-word abstract along with title and affiliation; pre-organized panels might include three or four papers per panel and should include the chair / panel organizer name, the title of the panel and an additional paragraph describing the panel topic.

For workshops, roundtables and other formats, please submit up to 500 words describing your roundtable rationale or your proposed activity.

For Poster Member Exhibition submissions, please submit up to 500 words describing your artwork and a pdf file with an image (300 dpi). 

As usual, we request that you limit yourselves whenever possible to ONE proposal so that we are able to include as many participants as possible. Exceptions will be made for those submitting to more than one format, e.g. panel, roundtable, workshop. 

Call for Papers and Submission Guidelines: https://easychair.org/cfp/slsa-2020

Submission Link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=slsa20200

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2020

Participants in SLSA 2020 must be current members of SLSA. To become a member, go here: https://www.litsciarts.org.

While submissions are strongly encouraged by June 1, 2020, we realize that the disruptions caused by COVID-19 may make this deadline challenging for many. As such, we will continue to consider submissions on a rolling basis until August 1, or until the conference schedule is fully populated. Our review process will provide participants with notification within a month of submission.


In light of COVID-19 disruptions, the 2020 SLSA conference will provide a “blended experience” style conference and member poster exhibition, with opportunities for both on-site and virtual participation. So, if you’d like to be part of SLSA2020 and cannot make it to Ann Arbor for various reasons, we will work to accommodate you to present virtually and be part of our community with your blended presence.

Questions?

For questions and inquiries email: SLSAcontact2020@gmail.com

Travel and Accommodations

Please note that panels will run all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We plan to open registration and breakfast at 8 am on Friday and the first panels will take place at 9 am. At lunchtime, there will be the Members Exhibition Opening Event; in the afternoon, the first keynote address followed by the opening reception at the Stamps Gallery in central Ann Arbor. The annual members’ lunch will take place on Saturday, with a second keynote address followed by a performance event in the evening. Sunday will feature a lunchtime plenary session. The conference will end at 6 pm on Sunday. Also, note that the Presidential Debate for November 2020 election will take place in Ann Arbor on Thursday night. Allow for extra time at the airport and book your travel and accommodation early especially if you plan to arrive on Thursday night. We will do our best to finish the review of submissions and send acceptance letters in May.  

University of Michigan Airport: Detroit International Airport Wayne County

We have negotiated conference rates at the following hotels, please note that the main conference venues are Michigan union and Michigan League on Central Campus. 

When booking rooms conference participants should ask for the SLSA 2020 conference rate.

Even Hotels

Conference Rate: $139/night
Rooms Available: 10
Address: 600 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone Number: 734. 761. 7800
Note: Reservations must be made on or before September 16th 2020

Hilton Garden Inn

Conference Rate: $139/night
Rooms Available: 20
Address: 1401 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone Number: 734. 327. 6400
Note: Reservations must be made on or before September 16th 2020

Holiday Inn (free shuttle to campus)

Conference Rate: $229/night
Rooms Available: 20
Address: 3600 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone Number: 734. 769. 9800
Note: Reservations must be made on or before September 25th 2020

TownePlace Suites

Conference Rate: $179/night
Rooms Available: 40
Address: 1301 Briarwood Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone Number: 734. 327. 5900
Note: Reservations can be made by calling or HERE

Weber’s Inn (same as Weber’s Boutique Hotel)

Conference Rate: $99/night
Rooms Available: 30
Address: 3040 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Phone Number: 800. 443. 3050
Note: Reserve with Group #3188001 on or before September 16th 2020

Conference Location

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and partners will host the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, which will be held at the Michigan Union and Michigan League in Ann Arbor.

We acknowledge that The University of Michigan, named for Michigami, the world’s largest freshwater system and located in the Huron River watershed, was formed and has grown through connections with the land stewarded by Niswi Ishkodewan Anishinaabeg: The Three Fires People who are the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi along with their neighbors the Seneca, Delaware, Shawnee and Wyandot nations.