June 13, 2015

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 ...

Update from ASLE-Japan

By Ikue Kina, ASLE-Japan Liaison, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa

The International Symposium on Literature and Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA), held last year on November 21-23 in Okinawa, was a great success, with more than 80 participants from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the U.S., and Australia. As a local conference organizer, I still recall the warm, subtropical weather in Okinawa in November and my pleasant excitement of greeting participants I had only met online and finally seeing them in person. When they ...