The latest Issue (Spring 2014) of ASLE News is out, including a report on the recent ASLE officer's retreat, stories on various member activities, international affiliate news from ASLE-Japan, ASLE-UKI and ASLEC-ANZ, reports on ASLE panels at the ALA and MMLA, and much more. Click here to read it online.
In 2013, ASLE launched an International Membership Grants Initiative. The Initiative was established to provide up to 50 ASLE membership grants to literature and environment scholars outside the US and Canada. The grants are designed to help a more diverse, international community of scholars gain access to educational and scholarly opportunities in our field, as well as to advance educational and professional opportunities beyond the US and Canada.
The International Membership Grants Initiative still has some grants available, and will begin accepting applications which will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until 50 two-year memberships are granted.
Click here to read more about the grants and how to apply.
Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions
October 9-11, 2014, Goa, India
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, K.K. Birla Goa Campus, Goa, India is organising an International Conference on "Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions" on 09, 10, 11 October 2014 at K.K. Birla Goa Campus. The conference is organised in collaboration with The Department of Philosophy, Goa University and is sponsored by Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. The same organizers in Goa were instrumental in putting on the highly successful TEFF (Tinai Eco-Film Festival) last year; for information see http://tinaiecofilmfestival.wordpress.com/
Deadline for Abstract and Registration form Submission: 15 May 2014
For more details and full CFP, please see the website at:
ASLE members planning to travel from other countries to this conference should be in direct contact with the organizers regarding assistance with registration fee and accommodation. Contact email for questions and submissions is firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASLE Honorary Members Homero & Betty Aridjis have recently been spearheading an effort to save the endangered monarch butterflies, whose wintering territory in the mountains of central Mexico is at risk. Homero and Betty prepared a letter and secured 150 signatures of scientists and writers from around the world, and they used this letter to get the monarch issue on the agenda for the recent North American Leaders' Summit (attended by Barack Obama).
The letter, addressed to Presidents Obama and Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Harper, received excellent coverage in the Mexican and international media, and they were successful in getting the Monarch butterfly on the North American Leaders' Summit agenda. Here is the relevant paragraph from the joint statement released at the end of the February 19 meeting here in Mexico:
"We will continue to collaborate in the protection of our region’s biodiversity and to address other environmental challenges, such as wildlife trafficking and ecosystems at risk. Our governments will establish a working group to ensure the conservation of the Monarch butterfly, a species that symbolizes our association."
Next they will be working on the creation of a milkweed corridor along the Monarch's migratory route through Canada, the US and Mexico. Click here to read the letter that got the summit to put Monarch habitat protection on their joint agenda. To read a full transcript of the press conference where this was announced, click here.
Writing in Place: A Summer Writers’ Workshop
Place, Nature, Food, and Culture, June 9-20, 2014
This immersive 2-week writers’ workshop draws upon Sterling College’s long history with the Wildbranch Writers’ Workshop to bring together leading writers, teachers, and environmental thinkers and to explore resonances between place, nature, food, and culture in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
Thanks in part to a partnership with the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), Sterling is proud to be able to bring together some of the leading voices and teachers in environmental writing today. ASLE members are eligible for discounted registration. Read on for more details.
Participants can expect to work alongside Workshop faculty–including John Elder, Clare Walker Leslie, Rowan Jacobsen, and Ginger Strand–while crafting their own creative non-fiction, narrative, memoir, journal, or other genre that draws on the expertise of the faculty, the group, and capitalizes on the place-rootedness of Sterling College’s rural setting.
Cost is $1,800 ($1,500 for ASLE members) for the two weeks of the workshop. On campus housing and meals are additional.
Application deadline is April 25, 2014. Enrollment is limited to 15 participants. Participants can register anytime using this form: https://sterling.wufoo.com/forms/s9y6n0c1lbjuwz/
Sterling College has also extended that discount to ASLE members for all of Sterling's continuing education courses for this summer. ASLE members may enroll in any of Sterling's 2014 summer continuing education courses (listed here: http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/academics/continuing-education/) at a $300 discount. The individual course fees vary, and the ASLE discount cannot be combined with any other Sterling-supported scholarship. Registration form: https://sterling.wufoo.com/forms/s9y6n0c1lbjuwz/
ASLE is offering three new grant opportunities in 2014: Translation Grants, Book/Article/Media Project Subvention Grants, and Community Grants. The Translation Grants were established in order to support work in ecocriticism from international scholars and to expand exchanges across cultures and continents. The Subvention Grants were created to support innovative projects in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. The Community Grants seek to support projects that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based environmental organizations working outside the academy.
To read more about the criteria and how to apply for these grants, click here.
We are pleased to announce the outcome of our recent election. Cate Sandilands will serve as 2014 Vice President, 2015 President, and 2016 Immediate Past President. Cate will be joined by two newly elected EC members-at-large, Janet Fiskio, and Byron Caminero-Santangelo, as well as our new Diversity Officer, Sarah Wald. In addition, Clare Echterling has been appointed to be the new Graduate Student Liaison. I'm sure you share my enthusiasm for these new officers and look forward to the insight, energy, and engagement that they will bring to our organization. ASLE is very lucky to have such talent joining us, and to have had such a tremendously strong pool of candidates to choose from in the first place.
Special thanks are due to the ASLE officers whose terms officially ended in 2013. Joni Adamson has served us brilliantly for three years as Vice President, President, and Immediate Past President. Anthony Lioi and Kimberly Ruffin will also finish their three year terms on the Executive Committee this year and ASLE owes both of them our gratitude for their service. Finally, please join me in thanking our outgoing Diversity Officer, Salma Monani, whose profound commitment to making ASLE a more open and diverse community manifested itself in countless ways.
Exciting news, the 2015 ASLE BIennial Conference location and tentative dates have been announced: The conference will be held at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. Tentative dates are June 23-27, 2015, so mark your calendars and hope to see you there!
At the Author's Reception of the 2013 Biennial Conference, the winners of the ASLE Book and Paper Awards were announced. Rob Nixon's Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard UP) won the Ecocriticism Book Award, and David Gessner's The Tarball Chronicles: A Journey Beyond the Oiled Pelican and into the Heart of the Gulf Oil Spill (Milkweed Editions) won the Creative Writing Book Award. In the Graduate Student Papers award categories, Maya Laxmi Kapoor (University of Arizona) won the creative award for "The Slowness of Our Eyes: A Creative Nonfiction Look at Life through a Microscope," and Will Lombardi (University of Nevada, Reno) won the ecocriticism award for "Unequal Burdens: An Outline for Postlocal Criticism and Notes on the Location of Ecosocial Justice." Nixon and Lombardi were in attendance to accept their awards, as were many of the judges in the four categories. Michael Branch accepted the award on behalf of David Gessner, video of his speech is posted at the Orion Blog.
ASLE has just instituted a Lifetime Membership option, for members who would like to make an ongoing commitment to the organization. Cost is $1,500, payable in 3 yearly installments if desired. Benefits and information on how to enroll are listed on the website Lifetime Memberships page.
WHAT WE OFFER
Let ASLE be your "professional home." Membership benefits include:
- 4 issues/year of ISLE Journal
- 4 issues/year of ASLE News
- Access to Membership Directory
- Conference Opportunites
- Professional Opportunities