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2012 Fall

Newsletter of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 			 
Fall 2012, Vol. 21, No.4



Thanks to SLSA 2012 conference organizers Nigel Rothfels and Richard
Grusin for the wonderful meeting during which approximately 380 SLSA
members offered presentations. With the help of Mary Mullen and the
generous financial assistance provided by the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including the Center for 21st Century Studies
(C21), Office of Undergraduate Research, Department of Art and Design;
and Dean of the College of Letters and Science, Nigel and Richard
coordinated what many consider to be the best SLSA meeting to date. 

Discussions at the Executive Committee meeting resulted in the following
announcements to the membership at the annual business lunch meeting:

Ron Broglio (Arizona State University) began working as incoming 2nd
Vice President and Anne Pollock (Georgia Tech) as incoming
member-at-large to serve from fall 2012 through fall 2014.

The executive committee asks for an SLSA member to serve on the Lifetime
Achievement Award committee, chaired by past president Hugh Crawford
( and Suzanne Black.

Nominations for a new member at large to run in the next election and to
serve 2013-2015 should be sent to the Nominations committee, chaired by
past president Richard Nash (; other committee members
are Anne Pollock and Linda Henderson.

The new Publications Committee includes Susan Squier, Suzanne Black, and
Ronald Schleifer.

Artist members are sought to work with Dennis Summers, recently
appointed Arts Liaison to the Executive Committee. Contact Dennis at 

The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to George Lewis
Levine, emeritus professor of Rutgers University. For over 50 years,
Levine has dedicated his scholarship to understanding the intersections
of science and literature and has done more than virtually any other
literary scholar to interpret Darwin for modern audiences.  Thanks to
the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Committee: Eve Keller (chair), Marcel
O’Gorman, and Suzanne Black.

The Schachterle Prize was presented to Kieran Murphy, for his essay
“Electromagnetic Thought in Balzac, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, and
Joseph Breuer,” published in SubStance #125 in 2011. Thanks to
Schachterle Prize judges Blake Leland and Susan McHugh. 

Karalyn Kendall-Morwick won the Bruns Prize for her essay “Dogging the
Subject: Samuel Beckett, Emmanuel Levinas, and Posthumanist Ethics.”
Thanks to Bruns Prize judge Eugene Thacker.

Susan McHugh's book Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines
(University of Minnesota Press, 2011) won the Kendrick Book Prize. Helen
Burgess offered a moving tribute to Michelle Kendrick, and Robert
Markley awarded the prize. Thanks to him and Ronald Schleifer for
serving as judges.

Over 40 SLSA graduate student and independent scholar members received
travel subsidies to attend the meeting in Milwaukee.


Organizers were commended for the excellent program, facilities and
amenities for the conference. Suggestions for improvement were few but
included the following: members should be able designate on the
submission website potential conference streams for their paper/panel
proposals; the conference program should add an index of participants
with email addresses and institutions; a compressed printed program is
good, while posting abstracts online; continue to infuse artists’
talks into the program; develop ways to enhance the integration of art
exhibits in the meeting; encourage members to spread the word about SLSA
to colleagues and help diversify the society’s membership. 

The 27th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the
Arts (SLSA)

VENUE: The Campus of the University of Notre Dame
DATES: October 3-6, 2013


SLSA 2013 Site Organizer: Laura Dassow Walls, University of Notre Dame
	   Program Chair: Ron Broglio, Arizona State University


What does it mean to come “after” nature? In 2012, Arctic ice melted
to the lowest level in human history; with ice everywhere in retreat,
island nations are disappearing, species vectors are shifting, tropical
diseases are moving north, northern natures-cultures are moving into
extinction. Acidification of ocean water already threatens Northwest
shellfish farms, while historic wildfires, droughts, floods, and
shoreline erosion are the norm. Reality overshoots computer models of
global warming even as CO2 emissions escalate. Yet none of this has
altered our way of living or our way of thinking: as Fredric Jameson
noted, we can imagine the collapse of the planet more easily than the
fall of capitalism. What fundamental reorientations of theory—of
posthumanity and animality, of agency, actants, and aporias, of bodies,
objects, assemblages and networks, of computing and cognition, of media
and bioart—are needed to articulate the simple fact that our most
mundane and ordinary lives are, even in the span of our own lifetimes,
unsustainable? If we have never been natural, are we now, at last,

Proposals and papers on the theme or on any other SLSA-related topic are
welcome. Proposed topics may take up any work in literature and science,
history of science, philosophy of science, science and art, or science
studies. “Postnatural” has been chosen as a theme to organize
ongoing conference threads and to invite a range of proposals from
various dimensions of ecocriticism and environmental literature and

Presentation proposals will be accepted through the SLSA website, beginning in February, 2013. Individual proposals
consist of a 250-word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for
consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with
proposed session title. 

SLSA MEMBERSHIP: Participants in the 2013 conference must be 2013
members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more
information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at

Travel Awards 
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
by August 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 for $200 at the conference business meeting. 
The 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 $500 prize should submit them by
August 1 to N. Katherine Hayles, Department of English, Duke University,
via electronic mail to 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.
The 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 non-tenured
scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit essays (published or
accepted for publication) should send them prior to August 1 to SLSA's
Executive Director, Carol Colatrella, LMC, Georgia Institute of
Technology via electronic mail to
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. 
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Michelle Kendrick Memorial
Book Prize
SLSA holds an annual 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. The prize will be
announced at the annual SLSA conference. 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
To be considered for this year's Kendrick Prize, please send three
copies of your book by June 1 to: Professor Robert Markley, Department
of English, 608 South Wright Street, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
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 
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. 
SLSA Lifetime Achievement Award 
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. 
Society of Literature, Science and the Arts Europe Exhibition Road
Cultural Group Supersonix Conference  Exhibition Road London SW7 21-23
June 2012    
 The Supersonix conference presented new theoretical, scientific and
artistic thinking, works and experiments that explore the complexity of
sound, thinking about sound, and capturing sound. A partnership between
Exhibition Road Cultural Group and SLSA EU, the conference brought
together practitioners from the arts, curatorial studies, the sciences,
humanities and social sciences who are interested in an
interdisciplinary approach to the study of sound and sonification.
 About Society for Literature, Science and the Arts - EU 
The European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSAeu)
fosters inter- and trans-disciplinary exchange between the arts,
sciences, medicine and technology. The Society welcomes practitioners
from the arts, including curatorial studies, sciences, the humanities
and social sciences. SLSAeu has grown out of the US SLSA, which has
staged a biennial international conference since 2000 in major European
Hagedorn and Jennifer Rhee ask for additional contributors. Contact
Jenni Rhee at


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Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board

President: Laura Otis, Emory University
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Robert Markley, University of Illinois at
Second Vice-President: Ron Broglio, Arizona State University
Members-at-Large: Suzanne Black, State University of New York at Oneonta
(2011-2013); Anne Pollock, Georgia Institute of Technology (2012-2014).
Past Presidents: Richard Nash, Indiana University; Alan Rauch,
University of North Carolina-Charlotte; 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, Duke University; Mark Greenberg, Drexel University; Lance
Schachterle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Stephen J. Weininger,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Configurations Interim Editors: Robert Markley, University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign; Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma; as of
January 1, 2013: Melissa Littlefied, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign, Rajani Susan, Southern Methodist University
Configurations Book Review Editors: John Bruni, Grand Valley State
University; Jodie Nicotra, University of Idaho; Allison DuShane,
University of Arizona
Publications Committee: Susan Squier, Penn State University; Ronald
Schleifer, University of Oklahoma; Suzanne Black, SUNY Oneonta
Bibliographers: Sue Hagedorn, Virginia Polytechnic and State University
(; Jennifer Rhee, Virginia Commonwealth University
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University
Arts Liaison: Dennis Summers (

The Executive Director can be reached by phone at (404) 894-1241 or by
e-mail at
Carol Colatrella, Executive Director, SLSA, School of Literature, Media,
and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 686 Cherry Street,
Atlanta, GA  30332-0165

SLSA websites: and


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