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 is now open: Register Here

Conference Web Site

Presentation panels by topic: Program of Panels

ISLE Ecomedia Article Collection
In conjunction with the symposium, Oxford UP has assembled a special collection of articles from our journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment that explore the theme of ecomedia. They are freely available for a limited time, from June 8 – July 6.

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If you’d like to find out more about nearly carbon-neutral (NCN) conferences, here is a short video that explains the rationale:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=160&v=S8rV-OSLWbc

This WhitePaper / Practical Guide has much more material on the NCN conference approach.

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Social Activities

We all know that conferences are not just about unidirectional dissemination of ideas, but about intellectual exchange and scholarly community building. In that spirit, our ecomedia conference will be piloting multiple opportunities for connecting remotely with your colleagues over the course of the conference. 

As such, we are working to connect people at great distances around common ideas and through digital experiences. There are four clusters of activities that are currently being planned: Monday evening game nights, Tuesday night film watching groups, Wednesday night book discussion groups, and Thursday night happy hours. Details on each cluster of activities, as well as information about how to sign up, can be found below.

Discussions are currently ongoing for other film screenings and art events, and additional information about those will be forthcoming. Feel free to contact Shannon Davies Mancus at shannonmancus@mines.edu if you have a brilliant proposition that you’d like to see added to the roster.

Happy hours: Imagine the conference bar experience, but curated so that you can not only catch up with old friends but also connect with new colleagues who share your interests. On each of the three Thursday nights that occur during the conference, happy hours will occur over Google hangouts. Want to reconnect with someone you enjoyed meeting at a previous conference? See a presentation that particularly piqued your interest, and want to get to know the presenter better? Looking to network with other scholars that share your particular interests?

Follow the links to sign up for the opening conference happy hour on Thursday, June 14th; the mid-conference happy hour on Thursday, June 21st; and/or the closing conference happy hour on June 28th. When you sign up, you will be asked about your interests, time zone, and names of people you’d be particularly interested in being in a group with. I will arrange groups of five people based on points of intellectual connection, and groups can determine what time they will virtually assemble based on time zone.

Film screenings: Film screenings will take place utilizing the easy-to-use platform Rabbit. Rabbit allows for multiple people to watch and comment on a film at the exact same time. Heard about Okja, but haven’t seen it yet? Been meaning to get around to watching Before the Flood, but haven’t been able to convince anyone in your life to sit down for two hours of Leonardo DiCaprio talking about climate change? Watch these films and others with other ecomedia scholars who might have unique insights about the themes of the films or ways to productively use them in a classroom. Sign up for the June 19th screening here , and the June 26th screening here

Games: Games are increasingly being studied by ecomedia scholars and utilized in classroom settings to explore environmental themes. On Monday, June 18th and Monday, June 25th we’ll be convening virtual groups to play The Mercury Game.  Sign up here. Additionally, we’re looking for people to play environmentally themed video games on Twitch, or to organize local meetups to livestream the playing of relevant board games. If you are interested, email shannonmancus@mines.edu

Book groups: Did you read a book in preparation for your presentation that you’re dying to talk about with colleagues? Do you want motivation for checking off a book that’s on your summer reading list? Are you looking to expose yourself to texts that are being read widely in the ecomedia community.  Propose a virtual book group at this link. Book meetings will occur on Wednesdays or at a mutually agreed upon-on time.

 We are looking forward to hearing your ideas and connecting with you throughout the conference.

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Conference Description: 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.