Science and Culture generate a very intriguing field of interdisciplinary scientific research that interests artists and scientists alike. But what about transdisciplinary research? Why is it so fascinating, why is it so fashionable? These questions urge a special meeting. And who does not want to find out:
This First European Conference of the American Society for Literature and Science (SLS) will be held at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels Free University, Belgium) from April 12th to April 18th 2000. The SLS holds conferences in the US each fall. However, in 2000, for the first time, the SLS will organize a meeting outside the US.
To make it all work, it is important that all presentations pertain to science in the making. Although research findings an sich are evidently of utmost importance, what should get all attention on this occasion is how (and why) these results of scientific inquiry are obtained.
We hope to meet you soon in Brussels, where you will be able to enjoy some typically fine Easter weather (20s C / 70s F) as well as proximity to other splendid European localities (Gent, Bruges, Antwerpen, Liège, Paris, Amsterdam, Köln, London, ...). Although the conference's main sponsor is the NFSR, we anticipate additional support from other local academic, scientific, and municipal institutions.
Deadline second call: December 1st 1999 (GMT)
Notification for acceptance of submissions: January 1st 2000 (GMT)
MS.Word 6+ / Times 14 pt / 250 word abstract (enclosed message)
Snailmail: Prof. Gustaaf C. Cornelis, Abtsherbergstraat 12, 2500 Lier, Belgium
Submit a 250 word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with proposed session title. Please be clear in abstract about main point of paper. Consider theoretical orientations as well as major texts/authors to be taken up. Include too a brief list of keywords. Please print in block paragraphs and include as heading (1) your name, (2) affiliation/institution, (3) e-mailaddress (4) title of paper, (Bear in mind that we will eventually use abstracts of accepted papers in the program book, so make your copy as revised and clean as possible. A chance for revision of abstracts will avail itself in the spring, though clean copy is needed at all stages since we are not yet sure in what measure we will be scanning, writing from disks, or xeroxing for camera ready copy for our master program-book files. Although e-mailed proposals are strongly recommended (please 'paste' but do not send as 'attachment'). During December, the Program Committee will begin sorting proposals and organizing panels (see below for program and formats; 3-4 concurrent sessions).
The Society for Literature and Science welcomes colleagues in the sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, and independent scholars and artists. SLS fosters the multi-disciplinary study of the relations among literature and language, the arts, science, medicine, and technology. The organization was inaugurated at the 17th International Congress of the History of Science, Berkeley, CA, in August 1985. Since then membership has grown rapidly. Each year our convention attracts participants from many disciplines, including history, sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine; literary history and criticism; art history and media studies; the cognitive sciences, and all areas of science, technology, engineering, and medicine.
SLS holds a conference in the US each fall (October 7-9, 1999). Information about the 1999 SLS Conference "Historicizing Literature, Science, and the Arts" in Norman, Oklahoma, including a schedule and abstracts, is available at the SLS-99 Web Site.
A resource page provided by UCLA contains links to a Literature and Science syllabus data base, an archive of the SLS e-mail list, and other information.
SLS sponsors a journal, Configurations, published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, a newsletter, Decodings, published by the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a book series published by the University of Michigan.
The society awards annual prizes for scholarship by a graduate student member and an untenured faculty member and publishes an annual bibliography of scholarship in Configurations.
SLS provides a limited number of travel awards for graduate students attending the annual conference. Graduate students who are members of SLS and participants in SLS98 may apply for travel subventions. Applicants need to email their name, title of their presentation, and information about their funding for the conference that documents matriculating institution/employing institution support to Carol Colatrella. SLS officers will review the applications and approve funds for one to three graduate students. Each student awarded funds will be given a $200 check at the conference.
SLS members share an interest in problems of science and representation and in the cultural and social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. If you have an interest in interdisciplinary science studies, would like to read and publish in this area, or wish to abreast of what colleagues are doing, please consider joining. Each member receives the journal and newsletter.
Participants in the 2000 European Conference do not have to be members of the Society for Literature and Science for 1999-2000. However, SLS would like to welcome you. All participants in the US conferences must be members of the Society for Literature and Science for 1999. New memberships and renewals are available through the Johns Hopkins University Press Journals Division. Their toll-free number for credit card payments is 1-800-548-1784; or write an e-mail message. For other membership information, please contact the Society's Executive Director, Carol Colatrella at Georgia Institute of Technology.
The Johns Hopkins University Press, Journals Publishing Division, 2715 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4319 (phone: 1-800-548-1784). For further information, contact the Society's Executive Director, Carol Colatrella, at Georgia Institute of Technology.
Student (photocopy of ID required)
Annual income/pension under $20,000
For other membership information, please contact the Society's Executive Director, Carol Colatrella at Georgia Institute of Technology.
10.00-12.00: Brunch. Wrap-up, businessmeeting, ...
Social program - part 1 - EUR 25 (approx.):
Social program - part 2 - EUR 40 (approx.):
Visiting in Brussels (museums, shops, ...)
Click here for the registration form.
All participants are invited to go on arrival to the REGISTRATION AREA, located in the AULA-Q-COMPLEX, on Campus.
All payments should be made in EURO (new official European currency / EUR) by transferring the appropriate amount to the following account: ASLK 001-0686455-62 of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B1050 Brussel, Belgium at ASLK Bank, Wolvengracht 48, 1000 Brussel, Belgium, swiftcode CGAKBEBB, mentioning CONI 28 IDLOINK, followed by rour first name and last name. 1 EUR = $ 1.062 (approx., check your bank). No refunds possible.
All participants are kindly invited to go first to the REGISTRATION AREA, located in the AULA-Q-COMPLEX, on Campus.
It is possible to register in situ at the following rates:
We have arrangements with hotels in three categories:
All rooms, in any category, have private bathroom. Hotels are in the center of Brussels, from where the Vrije Universiteit Brussel can be easily reached by subway.
You cannot make reservations at this time. However, we would like to know your accomodation preferences; please, reply by using the Registration Form.
All hotels serve breakfast. It is possible to have breakfast at the university campus too for a small fee (about 2.5 EUR).
Lunches (at the university) only cost about 6 EUR per meal (payment in situ). It is possible to purchase all kinds of snacks. Other restaurants (Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Turkish, ...) are within 1 mile of the campus.
There will be a conference banquet, in the 'Brussels Kermis Café', on the 'Grote Markt ', the heart of Brussels, on Friday April 14th. Price will be EUR 40 (all-in). Reservations should be made with registration, but payment at the conference.
There will be an opening reception on Wednesday April 12th, offered to all full participants. This is free of charge, but we would appreciate if you would indicate interest in it on the registration form.
There will be a danceparty on Saturday April 15th. Drinks available (not included).
The brunch on Sunday morning is only open to SLS-officers and Conference-officials.
We are currently negotiating with SABENA/DELTA about reduced travel fares. You cannot make reservations at this time. However, please indicate whether you are interested in reduced fares with SABENA/DELTA. If so, we will contact you later and give you the necessary information to book your ticket with a Belgian travel agency.
The conference will be held at the VUB Campus Etterbeek, a few miles from the center of Brussels. For information on how to reach the VUB Campus Etterbeek, click here. For a map of the campus click here. For general information about transportation in Brussels, click here.
First European Conference of the American Society for Literature and Science
BRUSSELS - BELGIUM - EUROPE - 04/12/2000 - 04/18/2000
Please copy and paste, or print and send your filled-out form by e-mail or by regular mail to Prof. Gustaaf C. Cornelis, Abtsherbergstraat 12, 2500 Lier, Belgium.
0 Fee (regular): 115 EUR (included: program, admissions to evening programs, coffee)
0 Fee (students): 60 EUR (included: program, admissions to evening programs, coffee)
0 Fee (after March 1st, regular): 135 EUR (included: program, coffee)
0 Fee (after March 1st, students): 80 EUR (included: program, coffee)
(About 50 seats available. At least 90% of these need to be taken, otherwise the excursion(s) will be cancelled)
0 Yes, I will most probably make use of the SABENA/DELTA service. The airport I will make use of is:
Please indicate which of the following categories of hotels you prefer:
You cannot make reservations at this time. However, after registration, we will contact you as soon as possible to make arrangements.
All payments should be made in EURO (official European currency / EUR) by transferring the appropriate amount to the following account: ASLK 001-0686455-62 of Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Pleinlaan 2, B1050 Brussel, Belgium at ASLK Bank, Wolvengracht 48, 1000 Brussel, Belgium, swiftcode CGAKBEBB, mentioning CONI 28 IDLOINK, followed by rour first name and last name. 1 EUR = $ 1.062 (approx., check your bank). No refunds possible.
Thanks to the Annemarie Estor, Fernand Hallyn, Luc Guillaume, Jacquot Verborgh and Norbert Van Yperzeele (list to be completed).
More information requested? E-mail!
or write Prof. Gustaaf C. Cornelis, Abtsherbergstraat 12, 2500 Lier, Belgium
Information about the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is available at http://www.vub.ac.be/english/