ASLE at SAMLA 2015

By Rebecca Godwin, ASLE/SAMLA Liaison, Professor of English and Director of Barton Writing Center, Barton College.

As an affiliated group of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), ASLE held two sessions at SAMLA 87 in Durham, North Carolina, in November 2015.  Embracing the conference theme In Concert: Literature and the Other Arts, participants explored how the arts help to make us better stewards of the earth by drawing our attention to it. ASLE sessions began with a question echoing John Filstiner’s Can Poetry ...

ASLE Collaborates on Environmental Literature Institute for Secondary School Teachers

Environmental Literature Institute at Exeter

Keynote Speaker: Scott Russell Sanders, Author of Hunting for Hope and Staying Put: Making a Home in a Restless World, Indiana University

From Sunday, June 26 – Friday, July 1, 2016, Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire will host and debut the Exeter Environmental Literature Institute—the first institute of its kind dedicated solely to secondary school environmental humanities teachers. This week-long conference, in collaboration with the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE), is designed to establish a community ...

ASLE Welcomes New Officers and Coordinators

It is our great pleasure to announce the winners of our recent elections and to thank the outgoing members of the ASLE executive team.

Christoph Irmscher

Christoph Irmscher (Indiana University, Bloomington) and Anthony Lioi (The Juilliard School) will serve as ASLE Co-Presidents for the next two years, followed by a year as Immediate Past Presidents. Both Christoph and Anthony come to the position with extensive ASLE experience as well as outstanding records of scholarly achievement in ecocriticism. Christoph was Local Coordinator of the highly ...

ASLE-Sponsored Off-Year Symposia in 2016

In addition to our biennial conference, ASLE sponsors smaller regional symposia in our non-conference years. We are delighted to support two events in 2016, one in New Mexico and one in New York state.  Full descriptions and calls for papers can be found at the Affiliated Symposia page.

The Heart of the Gila: Wilderness and Water in the West

June 8-11, 2016 Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM Call for Papers (PDF)

Deadline Extended: March 15, 2016

Letting our location be our guide in focusing the theme, the ...

2015 ASLE Grants Awarded

ASLE is proud to announce the winners of our ASLE grants in three categories. Community Grants seek to support projects that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based environmental organizations working outside the academy. Translation Grants were established in order to support work in ecocriticism from international scholars and to expand exchanges across cultures and continents. Book/Article/Media Project Subvention Grants were created to support innovative projects in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. This is the second year of a three-year ...

ASLE 2017 Conference Location and Dates Announced

ASLE is very pleased to announce that our next Biennial Conference will be held at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, from June 20-24, 2017.  We look forward to visiting this revitalized and dynamic city.  The organizing team from Wayne State University will partner with faculty from nearby Oakland University and The University of Michigan to bring the richest and fullest experience possible to attendees.  Look for a Call for Papers next summer, and more details here at the web site as they ...

Community Grant Report from Backyard Harvest

In 2014-2015, The University of Idaho’s Department of English and local nonprofit organization Backyard Harvest, Inc. (BYH) received a $5,000 Community Grant from ASLE. They worked together to articulate explicit, compelling connections between local food systems, food security, and environmental justice and sustainability.

The grant assisted BYH in enhancing its communication effectiveness and outreach to the local community. The funding allowed them to hire Jake McGinnis, a graduate student enrolled in the University of Idaho’s English department, who worked with Backyard Harvest to develop ...

ASLE 2015 Conference Keynote Talks Now Online

ASLE’s Eleventh Biennial Conference, entitled “Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice,” was held June 23-27, 2015 at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.  We were able to record several of the keynote talks, and the videos are now available for viewing online.

Anna Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Niels Bohr Professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. The author of Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, she is also a leader of ...

ASLE Book and Paper Award Winners Announced

ASLE is very excited to announce the winners of the 2015 ASLE Book Awards. The awards, in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, recognize excellence in the field. The official presentation of certificates and $500 cash prizes will take place during the Authors’ Reception at the 2015 ASLE Biennial Conference at the University of Idaho, on Wednesday, June 25, 2015.

Creative Book Award Winner:

Subduction Zone (Pedlar Press, 2014) by Emily McGiffin

Judges said of her book:

“McGiffin’s poetry ...

Update from ASLE-UKI

By Adeline Johns-Putra, Chair, ASLE-UKI, University of Surrey

2014 has been another busy year for ASLE (UK and Ireland). We ran a major ASLE-UKI conference in Ireland for the first time, with our postgraduate conference hosted by University College Dublin in July 2014 and ably organised by our postgraduate representatives Michael Paye of UCD and Emma Curran of the University of Surrey. The conference theme was ‘Locating Ecocriticism: Systems, Methodologies, Contexts’. Keynote speakers gave eloquent and insightful lectures on post-colonial ecologies (Pablo Mukherjee from ...

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