For 2024, the annual conferences of the European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSAeu), British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) and the biennial conference of the Commission on Science and Literature (CoSciLit), will be combined into a single meeting. This will be the first time that these three societies have joined together to share research at the many intersections of literature and science.
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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!