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SLSAeu Conference 2017

21-24 June, Basel

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What are the relations between literature, science and the arts within our field today? This special double issue marks a unique collaboration between the Journal of Literature and Science and Configurations. Across two years – 2017 in the JLS and 2018 inConfigurations – we aim to enable scholars of all career-stages to debate the nature of the interdisciplinary relations of our field in short and sharp “position” papers of approximately 2000 words. 

We therefore invite contributions that make an intervention in our thinking about the field of literature, science and arts. Potential topics for discussion include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. The meanings of interdisciplinarity in the field
  2. The place of the study of literature and science within the academy
  3. International variations or international synergies
  4. Collaborative work between literature/arts and the scientific community
  5. How do we (now) define "literature" in the dyad of literature and science?
  6. The relationship between cultural theory and historicism in the field
  7. How is literature and science evolving in relation to its own splintering (into animal studies, neuroscience, environmental studies, etc.)?
  8. Speculations: what is the future of the field?
  9. Reflections: where has the field most profited and where has it gone astray?

Submission information for the first issue:

Length of contribution: 2000 words

Deadline: December 16th, 2016

Send to: Melissa Littlefield (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Martin Willis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Publication: JLS 10.1 in June 2017

(Decisions on inclusion in the first issue by February 2017)

NOTE: A further call for contributions for the second issue (Configurations, 2018) will go out in the Summer of 2017. It is to be hoped that the second issue will include, among other topics, reflections on the first set of published papers.

International Workshop In The Framework Of “Hermoupolis Seminars”, Syros, 8-9 July 2016

Extended deadline for abstract submission: May 15, 2016


SYROS, 8-9 JULY 2016


The International Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, the Institute of Historical Research/ National Hellenic Research foundation and the Hellenic Open University organize a two-days’ workshop to study the representations of Nature, Humans and God(s) in Literature. The workshop is part of the very prestigious “Hermoupolis Seminars” which have been organized for more than 30 years every July on Syros Island.

The main question addressed by the papers of the workshop will be the scientific content of the nature(s)’, humans’ and god(s)’ representations in all forms of literature.  Furthermore, the role or lack thereof of scientific accuracy in such works will also be considered.

The venue of the workshop will be the “Historical Archives of the State” in the Town Hall of Hermoulis. Hermoupolis was once the capital of Greece and a city of great cultural, scientific and industrial heritage. Syros Island is very close to Piraeus by boat and an ideal place for quality, inexpensive summer holidays.

Those who are willing to participate in the workshop with a presentation may send an abstract of 200 words to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or  until 30 April 2016.

Languages:  English, Greek, French, German

For participants giving a paper there will be a modest fee of 50 Euros and for those who will attend without a paper a fee of 40 Euros to cover administrational expenses.  There will be some hotels with reduced prices on offer for the participants but there are plenty of places, in Hermoupolis or close by, with very convenient prices.

Coffee and refreshments will be offered.


View of  Hermoupolis and the venue of the workshop