January 23, 2005

SLSA Gets New Letter, Calls for Papers

by Nick Montfort · , 2:23 am

Last year the SLS (Society for Literature and Science) changed its name to acknowledge the longstanding involvement of the arts. The organization has hosted many presentations related to digital media at its past conferences, as you can see from the program of their 2003 conference and their 2004 conference. Now, the SLSA invites paper abstracts (150 words) and panel proposals, due May 1, for…

The Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Chicago, IL, November 10-13, 2005:

Emergent Systems, Cognitive Environments

(Read on for the CFP)

Call for papers, panels, panel streams

Deadline for Submission: May 1, 2005

Papers are invited in all science-oriented topics, especially those related to emergence and cognition as these themes appear, variously, in science, literature, technology, and the arts.

To emphasize the explicit inclusion of the arts, as indicated by the new organization name, SLSA, this year we are inviting artists to speak or perform in hour-long morning and evening plenary sessions. Scholars familiar with the work of each artist are also being invited to speak in these plenary sessions, and may form panel streams around the themes introduced in the sessions.

The conference will be held at the historic tower of the Intercontinental Hotel on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, in view of the Wrigley Building and the Chicago River. A reception will be held nearby at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in a venue overlooking a new landscape installation by Vito Acconci.

Individuals may submit abstracts of 150 words, and proposals for panels, usually composed of 3-4 speakers plus discussion in a 1 – 1/2 hour session, with specifications for any AV or Internet needs given at this time. In addition to standard formats, we encourage innovative proposals for papers, panels, round-table discussions, and any non-traditional formats. The circulation of papers among panelists before presentation is encouraged. Sessions involving speakers and/or respondents that transcend disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcome.

Speakers must be 2005 members of SLSA.To join or to renew membership, please see https://www.press.jhu.edu/cgi-bin/associations/sls_membership.cgi, 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: jlorder at jhupress dot jhu dot edu

Please submit abstracts and proposals via e-mail (in plain text, without attachments) to both the site chair, Joseph Tabbi : jtabbi at uic dot edu, and the program chair, Bruce Clarke : bruce dot clarke at ttu dot edu. A mailing address for each participant should be included with all papers and proposals.

The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts fosters the multi-disciplinary study of the relations among literature and language, the arts, science, medicine, and technology.