Off-Year ASLE Symposia and Conferences

Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency

A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium
July 10-31, 2020
Co-Sponsored with the University of California, Santa Barbara
Organizers: Bart Welling, Jacob Goessling, Jordan Kinder
Conference Web Site
Program of Panels

A Clockwork Green: Ecomedia in the Anthropocene

A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium
June 14-30, 2018
Co-Sponsored with the University of California, Santa Barbara
Organizers: Bridgitte Barclay, Christy Tidwell, and Shannon Davies Mancus
Conference Web Site
Program of Panels

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

June 8-11, 2016
Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM
Host: Michaelann Nelson
ASLE Gila Program (PDF)
Call for Papers (PDF)

Toxic Borders and Bondages: Intersecting Ecology with Capitalism, Racism, Heteropatriarchy and (Dis)possession (Graduate Symposium)

October 21 – 22, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Hosts: Mika Kennedy and Mary Renda
Call for Papers (PDF)

Sharp Eyes IX: Local, Regional, Global: The Many Faces of Nature Writing

June 7-9, 2016
State University of New York College at Oneonta
Host: Daniel Payne
Call for Papers (PDF)

Towards Ecocultural Ethics: Recent Trends and Future Directions

October 9-11, 2014
Goa, India
Host: Rayson K. Alex

Writing in Place: A Summer Writers’ Workshop on Place, Nature, Food, and Culture

June 9-20, 2014
Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT
Host: Pavel Cenkl

Environment, Culture & Place in a Rapidly Changing North

June 14-17, 2012
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau AK
Hosts: Kevin Maier and Sarah Jaquette Ray

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The Third Annual Rural Heritage Institute: Is Local Enough? Promises and Limits of Local Action

June 18-20, 2010
Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT
Host: Pavel Cenkl

Sharp Eyes VI:John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar

June 7-11, 2010
State University of New York at Oneonta
Host: Daniel Payne

The Keyboard in the Garden: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Mediated Nature

June 27-29, 2008
Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA
Host: Richard Hunt

Maine’s Place in the Environmental Imagination

June 2-4, 2006
University of Maine at Farmington
Host: Michael Burke

International Conference on Nature and Human Nature: Land, Landscape and Cultural Constructions of the Environment

(ASLE-India conference)
September 21 -23, 2006
Department of English Pondicherry University, Pondicherry India

Globalization and the Environmental Justice Movement

September 23-25, 2004
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Host: Joni Adamson

Nature and Culture in the Northern Forest

June 4-6, 2004
The Highland Center, Crawford Notch, NH
Host: Pavel Cenkl

“Coming Nearer the Ground”: An ASLE Symposium on the South

October 24-27, 2001
University of Mississippi, Oxford MS
Hosts: Dixon Bynum and Ann Fisher-Wirth

Desert Crossings

January 4-6, 2001
Big Bend National Park, Texas
Hosts: Barney Nelson and Walter Isle

Food and Farming in American Life and Letters

June 15-17, 2000
Unity College, Unity, ME
Host: Allison Wallace

Japanese and American Environmental Literature

August 13-17, 1996
University of Hawai’i
Host: Frank Stewart

International Affiliate Archives

Past ALECC (Canada) Conferences

  • 2010: “The Ecological Community”, Inaugural ALECC Conference, Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 19-21
  • 2012: “Space + Memory = Place”, Okanagan College and the University of British Columbia, August 7-12
  • 2014: “Culture, Justice, and Environment”, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, August 6-10

Past ASLE-UKI Biennial Conferences

  • 2013: ‘Ecological Encounters: Agency, Identity, Interactions’, University of Surrey, 29-31 August
  • 2012: ‘Composting Culture’, University of Worcester, 5-8 September.
  • 2010: ‘Environmental Change – Cultural Change’, University of Bath, 1-4 September.
  • 2008: ‘Activism, Apocalypse, and the Avant Garde’, University of Edinburgh, 10-13 July.
  • 2006: ‘Discordant Harmonies: Ecocriticism in the 21st Century’, University of Lincoln, 8-10 September.
  • 2004: ‘Cross-Fertilisations: Literature, Science and Nature’, University College Chichester, 16-18 July.
  • 2002: ‘Creativity, Culture and Environment’, University of Leeds, 6-8 September.
  • 2000: ‘Writing the Environment’, University of East London, 6-8 September.

Past ASLEC- ANZ (Australia-New Zealand) Conferences

  • 2005: “Be True to the Earth”, Monash University, 31 March-1 April
  • 2008: “Cultures of Sustainability”, RMIT, Melbourne, September 27
  • 2010: “Sounding the Earth: Music, Language, Acoustic Ecology”, Launceston Oct 20-22
  • 2012: “Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in Word and Image”, RMIT and Monash Universities, August 31 – September 2
  • 2014: “Affective Habitus: New Environmental Histories of Botany, Zoology and Emotions”, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 19-21 June

Past EASCLE (Europe) Conferences

  • 2006: “Water: Literary, Cultural and Environmental Perspectives”, Alps-Adriatic University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria, 28 April-1 May
  • 2008: “Cultural Landscapes: Heritage and Conservation”, University of Alcalá, Spain, October 16-19
  • 2010: “Environmental Change – Cultural Change” (joint conference with ASLE-UK), University of Bath, UK, September 1-4
  • 2012: “NATURA LOQUENS:” Eruptive Dialogues, Disruptive Discourses, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain), 27-30 June 2012
  • 2014: EASLCE-NIES Joint Conference: “Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning”, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, 29 April–3 May

Past OSLE-India Conferences

  • 2007: “Towards a Greener Era: Interdisciplinary Approaches”, Acharya Institute of Management and Sciences, Bangalore, June 8-9, 2007
  • 2008: “Land, Culture and Knowledge Systems”, St. Ann’s College for Women, Hyderabad, India, 4-5 January
  • 2010: “The Name and Nature of Ecocriticism”, National Conference of OSLE-India, Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN), Thiruvarur, 6-7 December
  • 2013: “Green Words for a Green World: Ecoconsciousness in Literature”, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Peelamedu, 12 February

Past ASLE-India Conferences

  • 2011: “New Bearings in Ecocriticism”, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, 20-21 October
  • 2006: “Nature and Human Nature: Land, Landscape and Cultural Constructions of the Environment”, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry India, 21-23 September 2006

Past ASLE-Japan, Korea and Taiwan conferences

  • ASLE-Japan 20th Annual Conference, Meio College, Okinawa, Japan, November 24, 2014
  • (ASLE-Japan has held a yearly conference since its inception in 1994, sometimes in conjunction with the other branches of ASLE in East Asia)
  • 2014 International Symposium on Literature and the Environment in East Asia (ISLE-EA)
    Date: November 22 – November 23, 2014
    Venue: Meio University, Okinawa, JAPAN)
    Host: ASLE-Japan
  • Joint ASLE-Taiwan, ASLE-Japan, ASLE-Korea Symposium on Literature and Enviornment, held in  Kanazawa in 2007, Seoul in 2010, and Taipei in 2012.