SLSA ’07 in Portland, Maine

 Call for Papers 

 Conference Theme: CODE 

Biological and algorithmic, protector of secrets and porthole to mysteries, universal and singular, code is an invitation to thought. Code can be “wet” (genetic, organic, human), “dry” (digital, mathematical, logical), something in-between, neither, or both (linguistic, symbolic, religious, moral, legal). Code is the meeting ground of strange bedfellows, the cipherer and decipherer, the domain of law and its subversion, communication and privacy. Code is about patterns, sequences, systems, translations, substitutions. It can bind, trick, and free. Modern technologies are affording us more and more keys to unlock nature’s code and more opportunities to manipulate it.

We welcome paper and panel submissions that explore any type/aspect/nature/culture of code in any period of history. Also welcome are submissions on any aspect of science’s relationship with literature and the arts, including ones presented in nontraditional formats (such as film/video, performance, music, or visual art).

 Submission Procedures 

The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2007, at midnight, EST.

All conference participants must be registered SLSA members. Deadline for SLSA membership is 1 October, 2007.

Please submit paper and panel proposals by e-mail to Include all text of the proposal in the body of the e-mail (i.e., not as an attachment). Include the text “SUB07 Paper” or “SUB07 Panel” in your e-mail subject line. You may include additional text in the subject line.

Audio/Visual Equipment: Audio-visual equipment can be obtained only if requested by 15 May, 2007. Please e-mail your requests to Site Chair Arielle Saiber. This is the only opportunity to make requests for A/V equipment, as the cost of renting this expensive equipment becomes prohibitive if not reserved well in advance. Please be as specific as possible regarding A/V equipment needs: laptop projection, slide projection, overhead projection, CD playback, DVD playback, video playback, etc.

MECA Art Projects: Graduate students enrolled in the Maine College of Art will be using conference submissions (proposal abstracts) as the basis of original projects to be exhibited during the conference. Unless you indicate otherwise when submitting your proposal, you grant a nonexclusive (you still own it) and irrevocable (you can’t take it back) right to use your submission as the basis of these art projects.

Panel proposals should include names and contact information for all panel participants, including a presider or chair if there is one. Panel proposals should include abstracts for each paper, limited to a maximum of two hundred fifty (250) words each, not including the paper title. Proposals should also include a panel description of up to one hundred fifty (150) words. Panel proposals with only two speakers should be prepared to welcome one or two additional panelists to their session. Abstracts will be printed in the program and posted on the conference website.

Paper proposals should include a name and contact information, including institutional affiliation if appropriate. Proposals should have a paper title and an abstract of no more than two hundred fifty (250) words, plus four or five keywords that name the major concepts and central figures of the proposal. Abstracts will be printed in the program and posted on the conference website.

Criteria for acceptance include originality, coherence, and import, but also the applicant’s timeliness and conformity to formats and length requirements for the proposal. To a lesser extent, relevance to the conference theme will play a role, as will the ability of the conference chairs to fit papers together into panels. Organizers will make every attempt to construct panels where the papers speak to each other, but this is not always possible. As such, panel proposals have a greater assurance of acceptance than do individual papers. SLSA policy generally limits participants to presenting one paper and chairing one panel, though this constraint can be relaxed in special cases.

For questions about proposals for panels or papers, including criteria and formats, please contact the Program Chair, Aden Evens, at For questions about audio/visual equipment, please contact Site Chair Arielle Saiber at


Susan McHugh, University of New England, Registration
Arielle Saiber, Bowdoin College, Logistics
Aden Evens, Dartmouth College, Program