Ecomedia Panel(s) at ASLE 2019

Deadline: August 12, 2018
Contact: Bridgitte Barclay, Ecomedia

The Ecomedia Special Interest Group seeks submissions for at least one Ecomedia session at ASLE 2019. The conference takes place June 26-30, 2019, at the University of California, Davis.

“Paradise on Fire” is the theme of the 2019 conference, and plenary addresses will be given by Ursula Heise, Cherríe Moraga, Melissa K. Nelson, and Nnedi Okorafor. We would therefore encourage paper or session proposals that engage with the conference theme or the work of the plenary speakers, but these connections are not required for a successful proposal.

In addition to potential connections with the conference theme, ecomedia proposals might concern themselves with issues of content, genre, form, production, audience, historical context, pedagogy, etc., as related to ecomedia itself. Questions to address, therefore, might include the following, although this list represents only a starting point:

  • How are mainstream econarratives of gender, sexuality, race, etc. resisted and re-inscribed within ecomedia?
  • What broad definitions of ecomedia can account for the wide range of forms it entails (more than just cinematic)? What impact have comics, gaming, habitat dioramas, and other forms of ecomedia had on the field?
  • How does the material impact of ecomedia (film, television, gaming, etc.) undermine or emphasize its message?
  • How is ecomedia deployed by communities at the margins of traditional media practice and at the frontlines of environmental disaster?
  • How can re-reading historical ecomedia inform our understanding of past and/or current cultural climate and climate politics?
  • What strategies have worked (or not worked) in teaching ecomedia?
  • What broad definitions of ecomedia can account for a wide range of ecological alternatives, ideologies, or perspectives?

If you wish to submit an individual paper to be considered, please send us your paper title and a 250 word abstract as well as 1-2 potential panel titles or themes. Or feel free to connect with others and propose a complete panel to us instead (complete panels should include 250 word abstracts and 2-3 sentence bios). The conference invites panels of traditional papers (4 people), roundtables (6 people), or jam sessions (8 people). We can help put together whatever format seems best suited to the volume and directions of interest expressed to us. Panel proposals are due September 1st, so we ask that you contact us by August 12, 2018.

If you would like to propose a paper, panel, or roundtable, please email Christy Tidwell ( and Bridgitte Barclay ( We are contacts for the Ecomedia Special Interest Group and will facilitate putting together the session. The Ecomedia Special Interest Group has had a presence at ASLE for the past several years (more on these Special Interest Groups can be found here: Special Interest Groups are not guaranteed a session and must go through the regular panel submission process, but we are encouraged to organize sessions nonetheless, and we may sponsor up to two sessions over the course of the conference.

We look forward to submissions and the various ecomedia conversations at the conference.

Posted on July 11, 2018