Due to the ongoing uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 SLSA conference and member exhibition will be virtual.
Conference Registration Link is Now Live! Go to https://slsa.press.jhu.edu/membership/conference
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Dates: September 30 – October 3, 2021
Conference Chair: Irina Aristarkhova
Opening Keynote (Thursday September 30): Lisa Nakamura
Plenary (Friday October 1): Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, and Imani Cooper Mkandawire, “Theorizing in a Void”: Towards a Theory and Practice of Black Feminist Mathematics and Science
Partner Exhibition at the Stamps Gallery and Stamps Lecture: Stephanie Dinkins curated by Srimoyee Mitra at https://stamps.umich.edu/events/stephanie-dinkins-on-love-data
SLSA21 Virtual Conference and Poster Member Exhibition will feature panels, individual papers, roundtables, workshops, arts lounges, social networking events, and creative work 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), including in the pandemic; the sources of energy (their extraction, depletion, abundance, and exhaustion; bitcoin mining and computational infrastructures; body energy, its flow, exploitation, alienation, and finitude); scientific theories and creative imagination around the relation between matter and energy (as in electromagnetic, particle, gravitational, acoustic forms of radiation; the living and the non-living, metamorphosis). Submissions are also invited that explore how energy is connected to power, science, and profit, history and war, flesh and labor. Building on previous SLSA topics “Out of Time” and “(Out of) Mind,” in Fall 2021 you are invited to consider the meaning of having or being “out of energy.” There will also be contributions from colleagues in the sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and independent scholars and artists that share a broader interest in problems of science and representation, and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.
Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic year, the conference is planned as fully virtual. Though our intention is to follow the format of previous SLSA conferences with synchronous live presentations (similar to the Modern Literature Association 2021 conference), chairs will be responsible for their panels and could decide with their individual panelists if a pre-recorded presentation is necessary due to time difference or other circumstances. To facilitate SLSA community gathering opportunities, in addition to individual papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, and artwork submissions, this year we will feature organized social networking events and arts lounges to discuss and share research interests and creative work in less formal settings.
SLSA2021 will have:
- Individual papers and pre-organized panels
- Workshops, roundtables, arts lounges, and social networking events
- A Poster Member Virtual Exhibition
The Call for Papers can be found here: https://easychair.org/cfp/slsa-2021
Conference Registration costs for presenters and attendees at SLSA 2021 are:
For students, independent scholars, researchers or artists/designers, pension members, and members of sponsoring institution (U. of Michigan): NO COST
Those with limited institutional support for conferences/travel: $50.00 ($25 reduced fee)
Those with institutional support/professional development funds: $150.00
Conference Registration Link with Membership Options (you do not need SLSA membership if you are only attending, though we strongly encourage you to join the Society): https://slsa.press.jhu.edu/membership/conference
Presenters in SLSA 2021 must be current members of SLSA. To become a member, go here: https://slsa.press.jhu.edu/membership/join.
NOTE: reimbursement of the membership fee is possible for some individuals—
Graduate students, artists, and independent scholars who register for and attend SLSA 2021 (a virtual conference) and who wish to be reimbursed for membership fees will be asked to complete an online reimbursement request form that will be available on the society website (litsciarts.org) between October 5 and December 1, 2021. Reimbursement will be in the form of a US bank check mailed to a postal address.
Accessibility: This event will be online using the Zoom platform with an auto-generated Live Transcript available. If you anticipate needing any additional accommodations, email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31 so we can arrange for your accommodation or an effective alternative.
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Conference Production Team:
Ariel Mallett (2020-March 21) and Kim Karlsrud (2020)
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.