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CFP: Intersections: Literature, Science, Nature (3/1/06; MLA '06)

Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:46pm
Barbara Cook

Abstracts are invited for the MLA 2006 panels sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. MLA will be held in Philadelphia in December 2006 and all presenters must be member of MLA at the time of acceptance of their proposals for the panel, i.e. April 2006.

Intersections: Literature, Science, Nature.

Abstracts (250-300 words) are invited that discuss relationships between literature, science, and nature and/or scientific theory and literary theory. Submit by March 1, 2006 to

CFP: The Place of Music in Science Fiction and Fantasy (3/1/06; MLA '06)

Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 2:46pm
Seo-Young Jennie Chu

Modern Language Association Annual Convention
December 27 - 30, 2006
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The MLA Discussion Group on Science Fiction and Utopian and Fantastic
Literature invites submissions for a panel titled "The Place of Music in
Science Fiction and Fantasy."

Topics might include (but are not limited to):

* Defining "science-fiction music." What makes a work of music
"science-fictional"? Possible subtopics: micropolyphony, symmetrical
divisions of the octave, experimental musical technologies (e.g., the
Ondes Martenot).

* The relationship of music to other nonverbal arts (e.g., painting,
architecture, photography) in science fiction and fantasy.

CFP: Disability and Science Fiction (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:34pm

CFP: Science Fiction and Disability (3/15/06; MLA '06)
For many years, the archetypal image of disability in
science fiction was Robert Heinlein's Waldo, the
embittered, reclusive, socially inept genius who, in
the eponymous story, overcomes myasthenia gravis when
an old sage reveals to him that he can cure himself
through willpower: "Gramps Schneider had told him he
need not be weak! That he could be strong – Strong!
STRONG! He had never thought of it." Since Heinlein's
1942 paean to voluntarist triumph over personal
adversity, disability and dysmorphism have had a
complex history in science fiction. From the gentle
freaks of William Tenn and Theodore Sturgeon to the

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9/1/06; collection)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:33pm
Robin Reid

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9-1-2006)




Greenwood Press

Planned Completion Date: January 2007


The 2-volume, illustrated Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An
Encyclopedia is scheduled to be published by Greenwood Press in 2007. The
Editor is seeking contributors for unassigned entries.


The focus will be primarily but not exclusively on work in English from the
19th century to the present, covering fiction, nonfiction, film, television,
art, comics, graphic novels, music and poetry.


CFP: Posthuman, All Too Posthuman (3/15/06; MLA '06)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 - 2:33pm

The Division for Literature and Science of the Modern Language Association
is arranging the following session for the MLA meeting in Philadelphia,
December 2006:

Posthuman, All Too Posthuman
Organizer: Henry Turner
Papers on the “posthuman” in literature and science: networks, systems, and
assemblages; embodiment and prostheses; animals, nature, and environment;
posthuman futures, pasts, and presents; posthumanities scholarship.
Abstracts by March 15 to Henry Turner,
Catherine Belling, PhD

CFP: Rhetoric and/of Science (grad) (2/10/06; (dis)junctions, 4/7/06-4/8/06)

Saturday, January 7, 2006 - 4:14pm
Elizabeth Spies

CFP: Rhetoric and Science

(dis)junctions: lost in translation
April 7-8, 2006

This panel is concerned with the question of how science and scientific
dialogues have influenced national rhetoric. Some questions we seek to
examine are:
          How has our vision of the place of science in everyday secular society
changed in the past fifty to one hundred years, or even in the past twenty?
        How has science affected American political rhetoric?
        How have the rhetorics of science and religion shaped each other through
the debate over Darwinism and intelligent design?
        How has the rhetoric of science altered the way we understand or
conceptualize works in the humanities?