Affiliated Symposia

In addition to our biennial conference, we sponsor smaller regional symposia in our non-conference years. If you would like ASLE to sponsor a regional conference or symposium, please see our Off-Year Symposia Guide, and then use the online form on the Propose a Symposium page to apply.

To find out more about past US and international events, see our Off-Year Symposia Archives.

ASLE is sponsoring the following event in 2018:

A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene

A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium
Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the University of California, Santa Barbara
June 14-30, 2018

Registration will open in March 2018.

A troubling paradox lies at the heart of ecomedia studies: those of us who study and teach about the intersection of ecological issues and non-print media also recognize that the production, consumption, and circulation of media texts take a massive toll on the Earth’s environment, an issue well documented by media scholars. In other words, as ecomedia scholars and environmental filmmakers, we must admit that our own media production, consumption, and research practices — which are felt disproportionately across communities and cultures — make us complicit in the ever-escalating global environmental crisis. Yet if we are to better understand the vital role that film and media play in reflecting, responding to, and shaping public attitudes about the relationships between the human and non-human worlds, as well as different human communities, we must embrace this paradox. In this first-ever ASLE online symposium, we will collectively situate and define ecomedia studies and its relationship to environmental humanities, film and media studies, and cultural studies through a series of virtual presentations and conversations. While ecomedia will be our buzzword for the event, proposals on all aspects of environmental criticism are welcome.

According to Robin L. Murray and Joseph K. Heumann, cinema can highlight environmental issues or “obscure that message with spectacular beauty.” Perhaps acknowledging this dual message is a way of “dwelling in the dissolve” or “performing exposure,” as Stacy Alaimo puts it. Alaimo asserts “performing exposure as an ethical and political act means to reckon with — rather than disavow — such horrific events and to grapple with the particular entanglements of vulnerability and complicity that radiate from disasters and their terribly disjunctive connection to everyday life in the industrialized world.” Environmental justice issues of gender, race, ability, class, and ethnicity are invariably exposed as part and parcel of the material networks of media. In the provocative essay “Ecocriticism and Ideology: Do Ecocritics Dream of a Clockwork Green?”, Andrew Hageman calls for “a practice of dialectical critique to read films for what they reveal to us about the contradictions within the culture, society, and ourselves that we readily recognize in such films.” This conference seeks to answer that call by examining media through an ecocritical lens

The ASLE Ecomedia Special Interest Group is pleased to announce the following plenary speakers for the 2018 Nearly Carbon Neutral symposium, A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene.

Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota and Dine) is a Keep it in the Ground Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network.  He is a Dakota cultural/language teacher and a co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s. He is also a poet, traditional artist, powwow emcee, and comedian. In his  Los Angeles Times article on Goldtooth, William Yardley lauds him as someone who blends “humor, people skills and protest” and has a way of connecting with others through “intimate, persuasive engagement.”

Alexa Weik von Mossner is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. She worked for several years in the German film and television industry as production manager, assistant producer, and later scriptwriter before earning her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Her current research explores the theoretical intersections of cognitive cultural studies and ecocriticism with a special focus on affect and emotion. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Minds: Literature, Emotion, and the Transnational Imagination (U of Texas P, 2014), the editor of Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014), and the co-editor of The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture (with Sylvia Mayer, Winter 2014). Her most recent book, Affective Ecologies: Empathy, Emotion, and Environmental Narrative, was published by the Ohio State University Press in 2017.

Sean Cubitt is Professor of Film and Television at Goldsmiths, University of London and Honorary Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne. His publications include Timeshift: On Video Culture (Routledge, 1991), Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture (Palgrave, 1993), Digital Aesthetics (Sage, 1998), Simulation and Social Theory (SAGE, 2001), The Cinema Effect (MIT Press, 2004), EcoMedia (Rodopi, 2005), The Practice of Light: A Genealogy of Visual Technology from Prints to Pixels (MIT Press, 2014) and Finite Media: Environmental Implications of Digital Technologies (Duke University Press, 2017). Series editor for Leonardo Books at MIT Press, his research focuses on the history and philosophy of media, political aesthetics, media art history and ecocriticism.