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2007 Winter

Winter 2007
vol.15, no.3


*Call for papers, SLSA 2007, Portland

*In Memoriam: Michelle Kendrick

*Essay Prizes and Travel Awards

*NEW Associate Bibliographer positions

*Directions for Subscribing to LITSCI-L, SLSA Listserv

*Candidate statements and ballots for SLSA member-at-large

*Financial Report 2005-06

*SLSA 2008 Berlin

CALL FOR PAPERS, SLSA 2007, Portland

The 21st Annual Conference of the SLSA (Society for Literature, Science,
and the Arts)
November 1-4, 2007, Portland, Maine (USA) 
Topic: CODE

Deadline for paper and panel submissions: March 15, 2007 
Plenary Speakers: N. Katherine Hayles, UCLA; Brian Massumi,
Université de Montréal
Conference organizers: Susan McHugh, University of New England,
Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College, Logistics; Aden Evens, Dartmouth
College, Program 
Conference website: http://www.slsa07.com/ 

Biological and algorithmic, protector of secrets and porthole to
mysteries, universal 
and singular, code is an invitation to thought. Code can be
"wet" (genetic, organic, 
human), "dry" (digital, mathematical, logical), something
in-between, neither, or both 
(linguistic, symbolic, religious, moral, legal). Code is the meeting
ground of strange 
bedfellows, the cipherer and decipherer, the domain of law and its
communication and privacy. Code is about patterns, sequences, systems,
substitutions. It can bind, trick, and free. Modern technologies are
affording us more 
and more keys to unlock nature's code and more opportunities to
manipulate it.

We welcome paper and panel submissions that explore any
type/aspect/nature/culture of 
code in any period of history. Also welcome are submissions on any
aspect of science's 
relationship with literature and the arts, including ones presented in
formats (such as film/video, performance, music, or visual art). For
more information, 
please see http://www.slsa07.com/ 


Longtime SLSA member Michelle Kendrick died on September 30, 2006, after
a five-year 
battle with cancer. Her husband David Smith has set up a memorial fund
for Michelle at
Washington State University-Vancouver, where she was associate professor
and founder of 
the Digital Technology and Culture program.  Donations to support
scholarships and a 
lecture series at Washington State should be directed to: The Office of
Development and 
Alumni Relations, Michelle Kendrick Memorial Fund, WSU Vancouver, 14204
NE Salmon Creek 
Avenue, Vancouver, WA  98686.  Checks should be made payable to the WSU
Foundation.  The 
memo section should note "Michelle Kendrick Memorial Fund." 

SLSA is establishing a book prize in Michelle's memory, an effort
coordinated by Robert Markley 
and Laura Otis. Those wishing to donate funds to endow the Kendrick Book
Prize should send a check 
made out to SLSA and with "Kendrick Book Prize" in the memo to
Carol Colatrella, LCC, Georgia Tech, 
686 Cherry St., Atlanta, GA 30332-0165. Contact
carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu for information. 

Michelle's obituary can be seen at


SLSA provides a limited number of travel awards for underfunded
individuals attending the 
annual conference. Members of SLSA who participate in the annual
conference may apply for travel 
subventions. An applicant should email name, title of SLSA presentation,
any information about funding 
for the conference, and an indication of how long one has been a member
to Carol Colatrella at 
carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu by September 1. SLSA officers will 
review the applications and approve funds for one to three individuals.
Each person awarded funds will be presented 
with a check at the conference. 


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 $250 prize should submit them by
September 1 to N. Katherine Hayles, Department 
of English, University of California, Los Angeles, via electronic mail
to hayles@humnet.ucla.edu. 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.


Lance Schachterle, founding president of the society, has 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 nontenured 
scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit essays (published or
accepted for publication) should send them 
prior to September 1 to the SLSA Executive Director, Carol Colatrella,
LCC, Georgia Institute of Technology 
via electronic mail to carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu. 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. 

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


SLSA seeks to appoint up to three Associate Bibliographers to assist
compiling annual bibliographies 
of items of interest to SLSA members. Under the supervision of
Bibliography director Sue 
Hagedorn, Associates will search multiple resources for suitable
publications, exhibits, and 
dissertations, assign key words/phrases to each source, and format the
sources for publication 
of the bibliography.  These tasks would take about one to two hours per

Graduate student associates are especially welcome. Interested parties 
should send Dr. Hagedorn a brief statement stating their interest in the
position, their 
field(s) of special interest, and their preparation for the position.
Associates appointed will 
have SLSA membership and annual conference registration fees waived in
the year(s) of their 
participation. The SLSA bibliography is posted at http://www.litsci.org
(OR http://www.litsciarts.org)


Subscription information for LITSCI-L:

To subscribe, send a plain-text email message to sympa@duke.edu with
following in the body of the message:

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The list archive and additional subscription information, including how
to receive the digest format, are available at:



Minutes of the Executive and Business Meetings of SLSA 2006 and a the
SLSA 2005-06 Financial Report 
are available at http://slsa.press.jhu.edu/decodings/fall2006.html.


The next European meeting will take place in Berlin in 2008, hosted by
the Zentrum für Literatur- und 
Kulturforschung (ZfL: http://www.zfl.gwz-berlin.de) in collaboration
with a number of other institutes in this most 
attractive city. The ZfL will also be the home of the planned
SLSA-Europe. More information on both endeavours will 
be provided at the Annual Conference in New York. 


All conference participants must be SLSA members. To join or to 
renew membership, please see
or call Johns Hopkins University Press Journals at 800 548 1784 (US
& Canada only, all others 
call 410 516 6987). Mon-Fri 8-am-5pm FAX 410 516 6968. Email:

A renewal form is included; check your address label for your last year
of paid membership.


Patricia T. Clough
Professor, Sociology and Women's Studies
Queens College and The Graduate Center City University of New York

I am a relatively new member of SLSA but immediately found it a home.
The interdisciplinarity not 
only across the fields of literature and art but also science and
technology has been central to my 
work as a scholar and a teacher. 

In the past six years I was head of the Women's Studies Program and the
Center for the Study of Women and 
Society at the Graduate Center/CUNY. Among other projects, I directed a
project on technoscience. Over six 
years an ongoing seminar of faculty and graduate students addressed many
of the issues that define SLSA. This 
seminar led to two conferences on Technoscience, Biopolitics and State
Racism which has resulted in my close 
connection with many scholars in fields of interest to SLSA. I also
direct a number of doctoral candidates who 
are writing on themes which are central to SLSA. 

The connections with scholars and my engagement with graduate students
who write across the fields of art, 
technoscience, biopolitics and economy as well as performance and
digital technology would allow me to assist 
in deepening the interdisciplinary thought of the SLSA conferences and
publications. Finally, as a sociologist 
and women's studies scholar, I would be able to expand the membership
base of SLSA and broaden the range of 
disciplines represented at yearly conferences.  

Phillip Thurtle
Assistant Professor, Comparative History of Ideas, History
Adjunct in Anthropology and Digital and Experimental Arts
University of Washington

Ever since I first attended an SLSA conference in 2001, I've considered
the organization as the vanguard of the humanistic 
studies of science, medicine, and technology. Few organizations are as
inherently interdisciplinary as the SLSA and I've 
noticed that my colleagues in the SLSA have the intellectual courage to
ask big questions about how science and technology
relate to society, embodiment, and creative production. I've often felt
a vitality during the meetings that I have not seen 
in other scholarly environments. I have no hesitation in claiming the
SLSA as my intellectual home and now want to help it 
carefully grow and flourish. 

I am especially interested in widening the base of financial support for
the SLSA, allowing for increased support for graduate 
presenters and independent scholars. I also hope that an increased base
of support can help promote special interdisciplinary 
projects, perhaps in the digital humanities, effectively extending the
scope and scale of the organization. I would not like 
for these developments to come at the expense of the creative culture
that currently marks the SLSA, however. The organization 
remains special to me for its varied mix of interests and its members'
willingness to engage with others' perspectives. 

I hope that my previous experience in editing (an email distribution
list as well as a co-edited book series), my experience 
in administrating academic units (such as co-directing a new media lab
and foreign studies programs), and my passion for 
creative production in a wide variety of formats will qualify me being
an SLSA member at large  (I've now been housed or 
associated with molecular biologists, historians, scholars of
communication, sociologists, anthropologists, architects, 
industrial design, and the digital and experimental arts, for instance).
Perhaps most important, I think it time to give 
back to an organization that has given me the space to grow
intellectually, hoping, in turn to help enlarge that space for 
future scholars.

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