Conference 2019 – SpaceTime

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Spacetime – 13th European Conference of the Society for Science, Literature


Call for Participation

The SLSAeu Conference 2019 is centered on SpaceTimea theme open to various multidisciplinary approaches from scientific, literary and artistic perspectives. The notions of space and time separately or as unique entity govern our lives throughout the history of the Universe. We thought that SpaceTime would be a suitable theme for the SLSAeu conference in Greece, the place where not only theoretical and philosophical studies on space time have appeared since the antiquity but also reliable instruments for their measurements. Since 1908 the relativistic concept of spacetime sets a new theoretical framework drawing new boundaries that are at odds with previous epistemic and semiotic differentiations. It proposes the conceptual reorganisation of space and time as they fuse together to a four dimensional spacetime continuum. Temporality and spatiality are also key concepts for narrativity, but what do we know about the cultural imaginations of spatiotemporality? What are the intrinsic cognitive, epistemic, cultural semiotic, pragmatic or narratological implications of re-thinking space as interwoven with time? What about the implications of central concepts of proper time, individual worldlines or the relativity of simultaneity for the narrative organisation of temporality? What about the organisation of narrative spacetime configurations, when spacetime ceases to be a stage for actors on it, but behaves itself like an actor, i.e. in general relativity theory? Furthermore we hope that space, time and spacetime will be examined in this conference also from views other than those prevailing in the western civilization.

The SLSAeu 2019 Conference will be followed by a workshop on history of science, philosophy and literature with the theme “Travels and Travelers” which will take place at Hermoupolis, Syros Island, 1-3 July 2019.


This conference invites participants to approach the notions of space, time and spacetime from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to specific disciplines/fields or genres: history of Science and scientific instruments, literature, art(s), philosophy, anthropology, biology, physics, cosmology, sociology, science fiction, posthumanism etc. Selected abstracts will then be grouped into paper sessions, panels and roundtables on specific thematic streams.

Formats of presentations

Individual paper presentations (20-minute papers). Panels (120 minutes, including a moderator and participants from at least two different countries and/or disciplines). Interdisciplinary roundtables spanning science/technology, humanities or social sciences, and the arts. (60-90 minutes).

Confirmed plenary speakers
Prof. Dr. Klaus Mecke, 
Friendrich-Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg
Dr. Efthymios Nicolaides, 
Director of Research, Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation
Dr. Tefkros Michailides, 
Mathematician, Author of books on science and literature

Venue of the Conference

The main venue of the Conference will be the building of the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Vassileos Kosntantinou 48, 116 35 Athens, close to the centre of Athens (one metro station or 10-15 minutes walking distance from Syntagma square). Additionally the nearby historical building of the Marasleion Academy for Teachers, now belonging to the Department of Primary Education of the University of Athens may be used for parallel sessions and/or events.


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The early bird fee, until May 10, is 200 Euros. There is a reduced fee for students, unemployed and early career scholars. For more details please visit :


SLSAeu 2019 is organised by the Hellenic Open University, ELINAS Center for Literature and Science at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, International Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation.


For questions regarding the Conference, suggestions for a stream topic or other questions:

George Vlahakis:

Aura Heydenreich:

Konstantinos Tampakis:

Syros Workshop “Travels and Travelers”.


Travels and Travelers

Syros, Greece July  1–3, 2019

The International Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST, The School of Humanities of the Hellenic Open University and the Institute of Historical Research/National Hellenic Research Foundation organize a three-days’ workshop to study “Travels and Travelers” in a multidisciplinary perspective within Science, Philosophy and Literature. . The CoSciLit workshop is already an established part of the very prestigious “Hermoupolis Seminars” which have been organized for more than 30 years every July on Syros Island.

This workshop aims to discuss various views for the role and presence of travels and travelers in science, philosophy and literature. The conference offers an open forum for all scholars interested in this growing research field, thus bringing into the dialogue multiple perspectives and different disciplines in order to build communication and cooperation bridges between science, philosophy, and literature.

Call for Papers

We invite paper proposals including a title, an abstract of 300 words (max.), name, and affiliation of the author, as well as contact information. The presentation time is 20 minutes with additional 10 minutes for discussion. The conference language is English.

Please submit your proposal via email or via by February 28, 2019. Response of acceptance will be given at the latest by March31, 2019.


The venue of the workshop will be the “Historical Archives of the State” in the Town Hall of Hermoupolis. 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 a high quality, inexpensive summer visit.

Participants are asked to make their own arrangements concerning their arrival and accommodation, but the conference organizers will be happy to give any necessary assistance.

Coffee and refreshments will be offered.

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George N. Vlahakis, Commission on Science and Literature DHST/IUHPST and Hellenic Open University, Greece

Efthymios Nicolaidis, Institute for Historical Research / National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece

Konstantinos Tampakis, Institute for Historical Research / National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece

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