Literature and Science: The State of the Unions

deadline for submissions: 
December 16, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Configurations Journal

 

Call for Papers 

JLS/CONFIGURATIONS “DOUBLE ISSUE” --Part 2!

THE STATE OF THE UNIONS 

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. The first instalment – JLS 10:1 – was published this year and can be read online. We now invite short papers for the second issue, to be published in Configurations in 2018. 

The aim of the double issue is 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 welcome papers which respond directly to pieces published in JLS 10:1, but we also preserve a more general list of suggested topics from our original call: 

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? 

 

The editors also particularly welcome discussion of any of the following with respect to the above topics: 

teaching and pedagogical practice 

material culture and book history 

the corporatization of the university 

the current crisis in the humanities and/or economic pressures on the sciences 

 

Submission information for the second issue: 

Length of contribution: 2000 words 

Deadline: December 16th, 2017 

Send to: Rajani Sudan (rsudan@mail.smu.edu) & Will Tattersdill (w.j.tattersdill@bham.ac.uk

(Decisions on inclusion in the second issue by February 2018)