ASLE-Affiliated Conferences


We will post here any calls for papers or information on conferences related to ASLE and affiliated organizations, including international groups, ASLE-sponsored panels at other conferences, and ASLE-sponsored off-year symposia.


Calls for Proposals


March 30, 2014. Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions, 5th ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference. Humanities Research Centre, Australia National University, 19-21 June 2014.

Submission of abstracts (c. 200 words) to by March 30 2014.  Web details:

Perceptions, values and representations of our relationship with the physical environment have been read anew in the Anthropocene century through the lens of ecocriticsm and affect theory. At present we are witnessing a turn in ecocritical theory to the relevance of empathy, sympathy and concordance, and how these move across flora and fauna; yet ecocriticism has not thorougly considered whether human and non-human affect are reducible to a theory of the emotions. This conference both seeks to refine that turn and to address the interdisciplinary shortcoming, while articulating the expansion of the analysis of the humanities, ecocritically. Invited speakers include Tom Griffiths, Eileen Joy, Michael Marder, John Plotz, Elspeth Probyn, Ariel Salleh, Will Steffen and Gillen D'Arcy Wood.

Areas for consideration include:
-Archives, encyclopaedias and images of the natural world
-Cultural studies: art, dance, film, literature, music, new media, photography, theatre
-Ecocriticism and Critical Animal Studies: theory and practice of empathy
-Emotions and the environment: learned feelings and historical variability
-Europa Terra Australis: adaptation and heritage; continuities and disjunctions
-Mappae mundi: emotional geographies and territories of affect
-Open to others: More-than-human worlds in non-western spaces
-Renaissance emotions: animals, minerals, plants
-Studio based inquiry climate change: botany, fauna extinction or fauna migration
-Anthropocene aesthetics
-Colonialism: pre-histories and the present
-Environmental history: from the Middle Ages to the present
-Global ecologies
-Green pedagogy: agency, senses and the lifeworld
-Indigenous ecologies
-Seeds and seed banks

ASLEC-ANZ membership comprises writers, artists, cinematographers and musicians as well as academics working in and across several areas of the Environmental/Ecological Humanities, including ecocritical literary and cultural studies, environmental history and the history of science, anthropology and ecophilosophy. (You do not need to be a member of ASLEC-ANZ to participate in the conference. But we do offer a very affordable annual membership which we hope you may consider.)

Selected conference papers will be published in the Animal Studies Journal and the Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology.


March 31, 2014.  Locating Ecocriticism: Systems, Methodologies, Contexts, ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Conference, 30-31 July 2014, University College Dublin.

Confirmed Keynote Addresses:
Day 1: Dr Sharae Deckard (UCD) and Dr Pablo Mukherjee (Warwick)
Day 2: Mark Cocker and Professor Anne Milne (Toronto)

How does one define a system? Be it an ecosystem, world-system, literary system, colonial system, the term itself, despite implying order, exudes chaos in its infinite iterability. In 2004, Greg Garrard wrote that “no single or simple perspective unites all ecocritics.” It would seem, therefore, that system and ecocritic imply a commonality that diversifies beyond the usual implications of the terms themselves. This conference will therefore investigate how thinking about systems, and thinking systemically, might impact upon green readings of literature. Ecocriticism has at its foundation an awareness of ecological systems, and maintains a keen focus on the myriad ways in which systems of human making depend upon, intersect with, or exploit nature, and how humans are as much a part of nature as plants and other animals, indeed, how nature is produced and produces through a myriad of systems. It is interested in how literature explores the vital relation of people to place and non-human life.
The conference will investigate the ways in which interlaced natural and cultural systems influence, and are influenced by, literary works and criticism. It seeks to open to critique conventional practices and representations in literature as well as grafting trajectories, making sense of the chaotic, or making chaotic that which seems ordered through new paradigms. Must a system be ordered to function, or is chaos the necessary entry-point? Is the motif of environmental crisis overused in literary, theoretical and scientific discourse to the point of exhaustion? Where does connection become convention in ecological critique, and how can this be avoided?

We invite speakers to engage with the theme creatively and we warmly welcome paper proposals and artistic works in progress relating to, but not at all restricted to, the following:
•    Ways in which literary form relates to ecosystems
•    Ways in which literatures of past periods understood ecosystems and/or understood nature through contemporary systems of thought
•    Creating art/creating criticism through intercommunication and interdisciplinarity
•    Environmental crisis and climate change: systems of measurement/warning systems, and literary representation
•    Sensibility and Praxis: bringing ethics to bear on environmental systems.
•    World-Systems theory, the capitalist longue-durée and literary depictions of commodity frontiers, plantation, and industrialisation
•    Representing the anthropocene: narrative, form, and aesthetic engagement
•    Postcolonial Ecocriticism: nature, culture, power
•    Disability Studies and Ecocriticism

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for 20 minute papers along with a short profile to Participants will be notified of acceptance by 21 April.

We also have a wordpress site which will be updated with information regularly:  Organisers: Emma Curran and Michael Paye. Deadline: 31 March 2014.  Sponsored by ASLE-UKI and UCD School of English


April 30, 2014.  Unsettling Boundaries: Nature, Technology, Art, International Symposium on Literature and the Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA), (ASLE-Japan Symposium). November 22-23, 2014, Meio University, Okinawa, Japan.  See website for more information:

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Japan (ASLE-Japan) invites proposals for its International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA), to be held from November 22 through 23, 2014, at Meio University, Okinawa. This is the fourth ASLE-related symposium focusing on the study of literature and environment in East Asia; this time the major theme is reconsideration of binary oppositions, such as nature and technology, the organic and the synthetic, the local and the global, and East and West, that have been predominant in ecocritical thinking patterns. Plenary speakers include Ursula Heise from UCLA.

We seek proposals for papers, panels, and roundtables that address how we can “unsettle” practices that have contributed to creating boundaries in our perceptions and values. Fields of study may include but are not limited to: literary approaches to environmental issues, animal studies, gender issues in ecocriticism, sense of place, environmental humanities, media representation of nature, nature and art, technonature, or environmental imagination in the anthropocene. Send proposals of 400-500 words to by April 30, 2014. Please include your contact information, affiliation, and ASLE-related organization membership in your email and attach your proposal as a PDF. Membership in ASLE-Japan, ASLE-Korea, ASLE-Taiwan, or another ASLE organization/affiliate is required to present a paper at the conference except for those who have been invited to speak/present.

Inquiries should be addressed to:
ISLE-EA Coordinator
International Institute for Okinawan Studies
University of the Ryukyus
Nishihara, Okinawa  903-0213 JAPAN


May 15, 2014.  Ecocriticism session (Sponsored by ASLE) at the annual PAMLA Conference, October 31-November 2, 2014, Riverside Convention Center, Riverside, California. Presiding Officer: Kevin Hutchings, University of Northern British Columbia (

Papers are sought for a special session investigating any aspect of ecocriticism, including (but not limited to) ecocritical theory, environmental ethics, environmental justice, colonial and postcolonial ecologies, gender and ecology, literary representations of non-human being, and interdisciplinary investigations of literature and environmental science.

Paper proposals of approximately 500 words and a 50-word abstract, due by midnight on May 15, 2014, must be submitted via PAMLA's Online Proposal Submission Form available at


May 15, 2014. 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

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 Dr. Rayson K. Alex, one of the organizers, regarding assistance with registration fee and accommodation.  Contact email for questions and submissions is


May 21, 2014.  Ecocritical Perspectives on Cities: Midwest MLA (MMLA) Associated Organizations Panel sponsored by The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.  The 56th Annual MMLA Convention will be held in Detroit, Michigan at the Double Tree Hotel by Hilton from November 13-16, 2014.

In response to the 2014 MMLA conference theme "The Lives of Cities," this panel seeks papers that explore “the lives of cities” from an ecocritical perspective.  Some possible topics include, but are not limited to: literary or filmic representations of urban nature; recent trends in urban / suburban ecology (such as urban farming); cities’ responses to natural disasters; the rhetoric of urban sustainability; environmental justice in urban settings; the role of the humanities in urban sustainability; and teaching ecocriticism in urban settings.

Please submit a 250-300 word abstract including a paper title to Dr. Lisa Ottum at by May 21st.


June 10, 2014. The Work of Wendell Berry: Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment Panel at 2014 SAMLA Convention, 7-9 November, 2014, Atlanta Marriot Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

The theme for this year’s South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference is Sustainability and the Humanities, and Wendell Berry, environmental activist, farmer, and writer of more than forty books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, will be a featured speaker at this 86th annual SAMLA meeting.  From his farm in Henry County, Kentucky, Berry has become a national spokesman for agricultural, ecological, and economic sustainability.  His work highlights the role of the humanities in shaping people’s thinking about living in harmony with the natural world, responding to their particular place, and treating other humans, animals, plants, and the land itself ethically. The occasion of his speaking at SAMLA marks an excellent opportunity for ASLE to further explore as well as to honor his contributions to our understanding of the natural world and our obligations to it.

This session invites papers on any aspect of Berry’s work.  While by no means limited to the following subjects, essays might address the following topics:
•    The connection of Berry’s poetry or fiction to his nonfiction manifestos against corporate industrialism or to his political activism (such as his participation in sit-ins protesting mountaintop removal coal mining).
•    His fiction’s portrayal of shifts in agricultural practices and the rise of agribusiness.
•    His poetic, fictional, and/or nonfiction pleas for localism or devotion to the land.
•    The connection of his poetry or fiction to his nonfiction’s arguments concerning institutionalized religion’s role in environmental exploitation.
•    The intersection of his work with that of other writers.
•    Teaching his poetry, fiction, and/or nonfiction.

By June 10, 2014, please send a 300-word abstract along with a brief bio and A/V requirements to Rebecca L. Godwin, Association for the Study of Literature & the Environment SAMLA liaison, at


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