CALL FOR PAPERS, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts 2009
"Decodings," Atlanta, Georgia
EXTENDED DEADLINE: June 1, 2009
The 23rd annual SLSA meeting will be held November 5-8, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Hotel Midtown on 10th St. and the Georgia Tech Global Learning and Conference Center. Sponsors include Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communication, and Culture and Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology; and Emory University's English Department, Program in Science and Society, and Department of Women's Studies. Submit papers and register at http://www.litsci.org/slsa09/.
A tentative conference schedule is posted at http://litsciarts.org/slsa09/schedule.php
The conference theme is "decodings," with all its possible referents, including: Do we decode nature, or are natural processes already full of encoding/decoding mechanisms along the lines of DNA? Is a digital representation a decoding of analog nature, or must we decode the digital to understand what is lost in quantifying natural continua?
Featured conference speakers include:
*Wendy Wheeler, London Metropolitan University, who will present guest scholar session "Creative Evolution: Science and Belief" on Thursday, November 5.
*Ian Bogost, Georgia Tech, who will present the conference plenary talk, titled "Alien Phenomenology: A Pragmatic Speculative Realism." on Friday, November 6.
Ian Bogost is a videogame researcher, critic, and designer, as well as an author and an entrepreneur. He is an associate professor in the School of Literature Communication and Culture at Georgia Tech, a Founding Partner at Persuasive Games, and a Board Member at the educational publisher Open Texture. He is the author of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System (with Nick Montfort, MIT, 2009) Persuasive Games (MIT, 2007), and Unit Operations (MIT, 2006). His next book, tentatively titled What Video Games Can Do, will be published in early 2010. (See www.bogost.com)
*Jim Grimsley, award-winning playwright and novelist, who will read on Saturday, November 7. See http://literati.net/Grimsley/
Papers and proposals on the conference theme or other SLSA topics are due June 1, 2009 (note extended deadline). A web interface for paper/proposal submission is now available, along with more details about the conference, at http://www.litsciarts.org. Presenters at 2009 should be members of SLSA.
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