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Topic 2021: Literary and Aesthetic Posthumanism
The 2005 Chicago meeting of the International Society for Literature, Science and the Arts was notable, in the first instance, for its addition of the ‘Arts’ into the organization’s ongoing conversations. Equally notable, on this occasion incoming scholars Stefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus, Manuela Rossini, and Neil Badmington offered an influential panel on Critical Posthumanism, which started the transatlantic dialogue of the posthuman condition and posthumanist theory between the SLSA and what is now the SLSAeu, the European sister organization (founded in 2010, with its first meeting being held in Riga, in 2012 on the topic of “textures”).
Bearing in mind these literary and aesthetic roots, our upcoming meeting in Bergen calls for papers that revisit concepts and consiliences in literature, science, and aesthetics. While we welcome approaches that recognize the literal, material changes in literature and arts in a digital age, we hope also to continue and advance discussions of inherent uncertainties, along with possibilities that are more cognitive than instrumental. We will be featuring, in both our panels and an accompanying art exhibit, enactments of complex human-technical assemblages in which cognition and decision-making powers are distributed in both aesthetic and literary systems – what N. Katherine Hayles would call “cognitive assemblages” and what Laura Shackelford and Louise Economides call “surreal entanglements.” Shackelford and Economides have been focusing, of late, on the work of Jeff Vandermeer; Hayles, most recently on Tom McCarthy, Peter Watts, and Colson Whitehead. But there are many other emerging authors, artists, and cross-disciplinary practitioners who embed the self in a determinedly object oriented, multiply mediated yet nonetheless cognitive environment.
One outcome of the 2021 SLSAeu gathering might be the identification of an emerging aesthetic and literary practice: one that is not so much newly experimental, avant, generic, or innovative, but part of an emerging, environmental and systems framework that is not containable by these essentially Humanist dispositions. While continuing the general integration of literary studies with science and the arts, we will also welcome critical artistic interventions. Among the questions and topics we hope to address in multiple, themed panels (and gallery exhibits) are these:
Due to the corona restrictions on travelling and meeting, the 2020 conference took place on a virtual platform. We thank ANIA MALINOWSKA (University of Silesia in Katowice) for taking on this challenge and providing us with a fantastic event and exhibition. Thank you also to all the contributors and the team!
You can still access the talks and artwork on this site until April 202 at a cost of €30. Accesss via:
We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well.
In light of the recent dynamic developments in connection to the spreading of CORVID-19 and the general uncertainty as to what the following months might bring in terms of mobility and safety regulations, the Organizing Committee, under advisement from the SLSAeu Board, have decided to suspend conference registration until mid-April.
We would also like to inform you that SLSAeu is nonetheless pursuing two strategies of how to keep the scientific dialogue open. Should the situation improve and there is no longer any risk, the conference will take place as planned and the registration will commence in April. Should this not be the case, the conference will move online on a dedicated platform with pre-recorded papers and presentations, including the keynotes.
We will be informing you about the path the conference will be taking at the beginning of April. We are determined to make the scholarly exchange alive, which also includes the publication of the conference proceedings.
As organizers, we would like to ask you kindly to follow the website where the updates regarding the situation will henceforth be posted.
The next SLSAeu conference will take place in Katowice (Poland), from 17-20 June, 2020. It will be bombastic!
CALL FOR PARTICIPATION - Deadline: 31 January, 2019
The SLSAeu Conference 2019 is centered on SpaceTime, a theme open to various multidisciplinary approaches from scientific, literary and artistic perspectives. The notions of space and time separately or as unique entity govern our lives throughout the history of the Universe. We thought that SpaceTime would be a suitable theme for the SLSAeu conference in Greece, the place where not only theoretical and philosophical studies on space time have appeared since the antiquity but also reliable instruments for their measurements. Since 1908 the relativistic concept of spacetime sets a new theoretical framework drawing new boundaries that are at odds with previous epistemic and semiotic differentiations. It proposes the conceptual reorganization of space and time as they fuse together to a four dimensional spacetime continuum. Temporality and spatiality are also key concepts for narrativity, but what do we know about the cultural imaginations of spatiotemporality? What are the intrinsic cognitive, epistemic, cultural semiotic, pragmatic or narratological implications of re-thinking space as interwoven with time? What about the implications of central concepts of proper time, individual worldlines or the relativity of simultaneity for the narrative organisation of temporality? What about the organisation of narrative spacetime configurations, when spacetime ceases to be a stage for actors on it, but behaves itself like an actor, i. e. in general relativity theory? Furthermore we hope that space, time and spacetime will be examined in this conference also from views other than those prevailing in the western civilization.
The SLSAeu 2019 Conference (25-28 June 2019) will be followed by a workshop on history of science, philosophy and literature with the theme “Travels and Travelers” which will take place at Hermoupolis, Syros Island (1-3 July 2019). More details on the workshop will be circulated until 31st December 2018.
This conference invites participants to approach the notions of space, time and spacetime from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to specific disciplines/fields or genres: history of Science and scientific instruments, literature, art(s), philosophy, anthropology, biology, physics, cosmology, sociology, science fiction, posthumanism etc.
Selected abstracts will then be grouped into paper sessions, panels and roundtables on specific thematic streams.
Formats of presentations:
Individual paper presentations (20-minute papers),
Panels (120 minutes, including a moderator and participants from at least two different countries and/or disciplines); interdisciplinary roundtables spanning science/technology, humanities or social sciences, and the arts. (60-90 minutes); art events
Venue of the Conference:
The main venue of the Conference will be the building of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Vassileos Kosntantinou 48, 116 35 Athens, close to the centre of Athens (one metro station or 10-15 minutes walking distance from Syntagma square). Additionally the nearby historical building of the Marasleion Academy for Teachers, now belonging to the Department of Primary Education of the University of Athens may be used for parallel sessions and/or events.
Details for the registration will be provided in due time. We estimate that the early bird fees will be around 250 Euros. There will be reduced fees for students, unemployed and early career scholars.
We encourage strongly the participation of Ph.D. students and early career scholars.
Plenary/Keynote Speakers will be announced in January 2019.
SLSAeu 2019 is organized by the Hellenic Open University, ELINAS Center for Literature and Science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, International Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation.
For questions regarding the Conference, suggestions for a stream topic or other questions:
- George Vlahakis at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aura Heydenreich at email@example.com
- Konstantinos Tampakis firstname.lastname@example.org
Submission of Proposals:
The conference website is under construction and it will be ready until the end of November 2018. Meanwhile you may submit your proposal to the above given emails.