Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Newsletter
Winter 2018, Vol. 27, No.1
*SLSA 2018 Conference, Toronto, Canada: CFP deadline March 1, 2018
*Elections: Candidate Statements for 2nd V-P, Member-at-Large
*Configurations: Call for Reviewers and Contributions
*SLSA Bibliographers Needed
*SLSA Website: Contributions welcome
*AnthropoScene: SLSA Book Series
Call for Papers: SLSA 2018 Conference “Out of Mind,” November 15-18, 2018, Toronto, Canada
Plenary Speakers: Jack Halberstam and Skawennati
Site Coordinators: David Cecchetto (York University) and Marcel O’Gorman (University of Waterloo)
We’re all out of our minds, in more ways than one. Some things we consciously put out of mind in order to think, while others gain their potency precisely from having always been outside of mind ‘proper.’ Madness, post- and pre-neuroscience, precognition, superstition, stupidity (bêtise), and bureaucracy all obtain on the question of our minds and their relation to thinking. (For further description, see information on the SLSA website.)
For individual papers, contributors should submit a 250-word abstract along with title and affiliation no later than 1 March 2018. Pre-organized panel submissions, which might include three or four papers per panel, should include an additional paragraph describing the rubric and proposed title of the panel. Roundtables, alternative format panels, workshops, and the like are encouraged. The conference will also include an arts exhibit curated around a video by Skawennati; members interested in contributing artworks are encouraged to contact the site coordinators.
Submit all proposals and register for the conference by March 1, 2018 at http://litsciarts.org/slsa18.
SLSA 2018 Paper/Panel Proposal Due Date: March 1, 2018, with notification of acceptance by June 2018.
All participants in SLSA 2018 must be 2018 members of SLSA. To join or renew membership click on this link: https://litsciarts.org/join-renew-membership/ or call the Johns Hopkins University Press Journals Division at 1-800-548-1784 (US & Canada only, all others call 410-516-6987). Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm, Fax: 410-516-6968, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 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 their funding for the conference to the Executive Director at email@example.com 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 at the conference business meeting.
2018 SLSA NSF Travel Grants: SLSA is a member of a consortium of science societies (led by the History of Science Society) that have received funding from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to support travel costs to the annual SLSA meeting for graduate students, independent scholars, artists, and recent PhD members who present papers or are involved in governance activities at the conference. The maximum award will be $1,000 for international travel and $500 for domestic travel (airfare will only be provided for travel on U.S. flag air carriers, or on airlines with code-share agreements, or under open skies agreements as stipulated by NSF requirements). Any other airlines, including British Air, Air Berlin, etc. are ineligible unless the flight is code-shared with a US carrier. Please note that, even though airlines may belong to the same “Alliance” (e.g., Star Alliance), their routes don’t automatically have a codeshare. The travel award will be provided as a reimbursement for expenses upon receipt of an official expense report, the appropriate receipts, and documentation of student status for those graduate students applying; these documents must be printed and mailed within 10 days of the conference to Carol Colatrella, LMC, Georgia Tech, 686 Cherry St., Atlanta, GA 30332-0165. A US citizen requesting reimbursement from employment and residence abroad should provide a copy of his/her US passport. SLSA NSF funds can only be awarded to SLSA members who are graduate students, independent scholars, artists, or recent PhDs with formal roles at the meeting. An awardee must be a 2018 SLSA member who is a US citizen or a graduate student enrolled in a US higher education institution. In recent years, SLSA NSF awardees have each received around $300. Application link and form: http://litsciarts.org/awards/
2018 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
2018 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 Tech via electronic mail to email@example.com. 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.
SLSA 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 July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018. The winner will receive $250.00.To be considered for this year’s Kendrick Prize, an author should send or ask the press to send three copies of the book by June 30 to: Professor Robert Markley, Department of English, 608 South Wright Street, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801. Send donations for the Kendrick Prize (check written to SLSA, with Kendrick in memo) to Carol Colatrella, SLSA Executive Director, LMC, Georgia Tech, 686 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165
2018 SLSA Lifetime Achievement Award: The SLSA Executive Committee each spring appoints a committee to seek and review nominations for the SLSA Lifetime Achievement award. Committee members include a former President of SLSA, who serves as chair, one currently serving member at large, and one other SLSA member. The Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee asks 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. Members of the Lifetime Achievement Award Committee are Bob Markley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Suzanne Black (email@example.com). Please send inquiries about requirements and nominations for the award to both by August 15, 2018.
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.
Anyone wishing to donate to SLSA can do so in a number of ways: you may donate when you renew membership, or you can mail a check made out to SLSA to the Executive Director, or you can direct a donation from your retirement funds. All donations are appreciated and will help fund society initiatives, including its journal, conference, and awards.
Second Vice-President: (serving from fall 2018 to fall 2020 and later as First Vice-President)
Everett Hamner, Associate Professor of English, Western Illinois University
SLSA’s greatest strength is its rich heterogeneity: growing numbers of superb artists and scholars fascinated with science’s and technology’s relationships to literature, film, comics, video games, digital media, theory, rhetoric, and writing. Though a hopelessly bad dancer, I also especially appreciate that its members regularly invest in relationships far beyond official meeting rooms. If elected, I would lead by listening, but also bring three aspirations. First, I would encourage more panels diversified according to race and nationality, sexuality and gender, dis/ability, career stage, discipline, and institutional type. (Indeed should another invested VP candidate embody difference in ways this white straight cis male cannot, please join me in voting for them.) Second, I am interested in shifting more of SLSA’s membership/conference cost burden to those with greater institutional support. Finally, admiring ASLE’s mentoring program, I would like to organize an accessible tradition of informal coffees/teas between relatively senior and junior scholars.
Maria Whiteman, Academic, Lecturer & Visual Artist – Intermedia
My nomination is based on my commitment and leadership to the organization. Based on my former experiences as a participant and organizer of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, I believe my work as an artist and academic over the years will be an excellent addition in the creative streams of future events. My past experiences involved the creation and organization of the Banff Research in Culture (BRIC) program at the Banff Centre in Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada (from 2011-2013) and, more recently, co-organization of the exhibition “Out of Time” which involved 12 internationally renowned artists at the Harry Wood Gallery, Arizona State University, Tempe, Az (2017). I was co-organizer of the 2015 annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Houston, Texas. In addition to co-organizing the 2015 conference, I single handedly curated and organized the exhibition for the SLSA at Rice University “After Biopolitics” which involved 16 internationally renowned artists.
Member at Large: (serving fall 2018 to fall 2020)
Raymond Malewitz, Associate Professor and MA Director in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film at Oregon State University
As a scholar in the field of literature and science, I’ve considered SLSA to be my professional home since I first attended its conference in 2012. In the five years since that event, I have tried to support it as much as it supports and inspires me in publishing two articles and one book review in Configurations and serving as a peer reviewer for the journal. I was honored to have my monograph on object repurposing, The Practice of Misuse (Stanford, 2014) reviewed in the journal in 2015. If I were elected to the Member-at-Large position, I would bring a wealth of administrative experience working with graduate students in my current role as MA Director and with scholars within and beyond the realm of literary studies through my work as a founding board member of Oregon State University’s Environmental Arts and Humanities program and as Academic Coordinator of OSU’s Maker Group. I am committed to the inclusive, interdisciplinary mission of SLSA and would be deeply honored to represent its members in this position.
Daniel Vandersommers, NEH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine
I have been involved in the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts since 2012. SLSA has been priceless to my intellectual growth– challenging me to think about familiar topics from new angles, pushing me to read in as many literatures as possible, and showing me how seemingly disparate academic fields are intimately intertwined. I have met role models at SLSA. I have made friends at SLSA. I consider SLSA my “conference home.” I am an NEH Fellow at the CHSTM, in Philadelphia. Last year, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal History at McMaster University. And the year previous I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi. I received my Ph.D. in American History from Ohio State University in 2014. And I am finishing two books— Zoo Studies: A New Humanities (with Tracy McDonald) and The National Zoo and the Limits of Humanism in Nineteenth-Century America.
2017 and 2018 members of SLSA will receive an email invitation from the Journals Division of Johns Hopkins University Press that will include a link to an online ballot and election statements. You will need your membership number to vote. The deadline to submit your ballot is March 15, 2018.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS of Graduate Student Liaisons: Call for volunteers to apply for two graduate student liaison positions with terms running fall 2018 through fall 2021. If appointed by SLSA officers, these graduate students will replace Sara DiCaglio and Kari Nixon beginning in fall 2018. Jap-Nanak Makkar’s term as graduate student liaison runs from fall 2017 to fall 2019.
CONTRIBUTE TO THE SLSA WEBSITE: New publication announcements, course syllabi and other material for display on the website are welcome. Please see the site for details, or contact Wayne Miller, SLSA Electronic Resources Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
NEW SLSA BIBLIOGRAPHER NEEDED: SLSA is recruiting bibliographers to succeed Jennifer Rhee. Graduate liaison Jap-Nanak Makkar is collecting nominations and self-nominations. Email her at email@example.com
The SLSAeu also welcomes membership and support from friends and colleagues beyond Europe
To join, see http://www.slsa-eu.org/membership.html
Mailing list for SLSAeu: https://www.maillist.unibas.ch/mailman/listinfo/slsa-eu
SLSAeu LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12009948
SLSAeu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/slsaeu/
Information about the 2018 SLSAeu conference GREEN: http://green-slsa2018.ku.dk
ANTHROPOSCENE: NEW SLSA BOOK SERIES FROM PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY PRESS: AnthropoScene is a new book series from the Pennsylvania State University Press, published in collaboration with SLSA. While not all scientists have accepted the term “anthropocene” as part of the geological timescale, the idea that humans are changing the planet and its environments in radical and irreversible ways has provoked new kinds of cross-disciplinary thinking about relationships among the arts, human technologies, and nature. This is the broad, cross-disciplinary basis for books published in AnthropoScene. Books in this series will include specialized studies for scholars in a variety of disciplines as well as widely accessible works of interest to broad audiences. They will examine, in a variety of ways, relationships and points of intersection among natural, biological, and applied sciences and literary, visual, and performing arts. The AnthropoScene series represents the depth and breadth of work being done by scholars in literature, science, and the arts, putting innovative juxtapositions within reach of specialists and non-specialists alike.
Series Editors are Lucinda Cole and Robert Markley, both at the University of Illinois. Series Advisory Board members are Stacy Alaimo, University of Texas at Arlington; Ron Broglio, Arizona State University; Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology; Heidi Hutner, Stony Brook University; Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon; Christopher Morris, University of Texas at Arlington; Laura Otis, Emory University; Will Potter, Washington, D.C.; Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma; Susan Squier, Penn State University; Rajani Sudan, Southern Methodist University; and Kari Weil, Wesleyan University.
Submissions to the AnthropoScene series should include a three- to five-page proposal outlining the intent of the project, its scope, its relation to other work on the topic, and its intended audience(s). Please also include two to three sample chapters, if available, and your CV. Questions or submissions? Contact Penn State Press: Kendra Boileau, Editor-in-Chief, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (814) 867-2220. Or email the series editors: Lucinda Cole at email@example.com and Robert Markley at firstname.lastname@example.org ————————————————————————————————————————–
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Executive Board (2018)
President: Ron Broglio, Arizona State University
Executive Director: Carol Colatrella, Georgia Institute of Technology
First Vice-President: Marcel O’Gorman, University of Waterloo
Second Vice-President: David Cecchetto, York University, Toronto
Members-at-Large: Rebecca Perry, University of Virginia (2016-2018); John Hay, University of Nevada-Las Vegas (2017-2019)
Graduate Student Liaisons: Kari Nixon, Southern Methodist University MNixon@smu.edu & Sara DiCaglio email@example.com (to fall 2017); Nicole Keller Day, Northeastern University firstname.lastname@example.org (to fall 2018); Jap-Nanak Makkar, University of Virginia email@example.com (to fall 2019)
Past Presidents: Robert Markley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Laura Otis, Emory University; 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 Editors: Melissa Littlefield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rajani Sudan, Southern Methodist University Configurations Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Configurations Book Review Editor: Jeffrey Karnicky, Department of English, 2505 University Avenue,
Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311. Email: email@example.com
Publications Committee: Susan Squier, Penn State University; Ronald Schleifer, University of Oklahoma; Pamela Gossin, University of Texas at Dallas
Bibliographer: Jennifer Rhee, Virginia Commonwealth University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Wayne Miller, Duke University (email@example.com)
Arts Liaisons: Dennis Summers (firstname.lastname@example.org); Kiki Benzon (email@example.com); Maria Whiteman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Social Media Liaison: Nicole Fletcher (email@example.com)
The Executive Director can be reached at (404) 894-1241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Postal address: Carol Colatrella, Executive Director, SLSA, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology, 686 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165
SLSA websites: http://www.litsciarts.org and http://slsa.press.jhu.edu