Biennial Conference

ASLE & AESS in 2023: Portland, Oregon

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) are excited to announce that they will hold their next conference jointly in Portland, Oregon on July 9-12, 2023 at the Oregon Convention Center.  The theme of the conference will be “Reclaiming the Commons.”  This event will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, networking and professional development with a variety of sessions sponsored by both organizations.  Calls for proposals will be issued soon and registration will open in early 2023.  Details can be found on the respective websites: aessconference.org and asle.org/conference/biennial-conference/

The OCC is an LEED Platinum Certified Facility and a pioneer in creating a space for green and sustainable meetings. Their commitments include energy reduction and solar power utilization, landfill waste minimization and recycling, watershed stewardship, air quality, supply chain carbon footprint reduction and community engagement. You can read more about why they make such a good partner for our organization here: https://www.oregoncc.org/en/about/sustainability

The space also has onsite restaurants, cafes and outdoor seating, with ample food choices (as well as parks) in the neighborhood. We are reserving hotel blocks in adjacent facilities to minimize driving, and planning on securing dormitory space at nearby Portland State University.

Portland possesses an international airport close to downtown with many direct flight connections and multiple public transportation options (see https://trimet.org/ ). There is also a drop-in day care center near the OCC that could be a boon to parents with young children (WeVillage, https://www.wevillage.com/centers/ne-portland ).

The CFP will be released in late summer 2022.


The public may now view recordings of the following events from the 2021 Virtual Conference:

My Climate Stories Workshop

Learning Refugia Workshop

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Keynote: “Why Wonder, Why Now: The Need for Astonishment from Diverse Voices”

Environmental Kin Studies Keynote, plus Q&A with speakers Zoe Todd and AM Kanngieser

Mapping Migraciones Audubon Project Keynote

Brionté McCorkle (George Conservation Voters) Keynote

Terrain.org Reading featuring Kim Stafford, Elizabeth Dodd, and José Angel Araguz

Resilience and Representation: A Roundtable of Teaching Scholars off the Tenure Track


Recorded Plenary Talks from the 2017 Conference are available in the Conference Archive. For information on all past conferences, see the Conference Archive

I first attended and presented at ASLE at the 2009 conference in Victoria, BC.  At the time, I was a Master’s student and didn’t yet know whether I wanted to pursue studies in the field of environmental literature, or even a career in academia more broadly. After five days of amazing conference panels, intellectually stimulating conversations, and fun hiking adventures, I was certain that I had chosen the right field and the right profession.  Now, attending ASLE conferences truly feels like coming home. I would not be where I am today without ASLE, an organization that is welcoming of all perspectives, all methodologies, and scholars at all stages of their careers. – Stephen Siperstein (English Teacher, Choate Rosemary Hall)

ASLE welcomes proposals to host both our biennial conferences and off-year affiliated symposia.

Biennial Conference Proposal Guidelines
These guidelines are to assist potential hosts in formulating a complete and compelling proposal for our large biennial conference.

Off-Year ASLE Symposia Guidelines
Details of how to submit a proposal for an ASLE seed grant or ASLE affiliation to assist with your own smaller symposium in non-conference years (even years).

Sustainability at Conferences
ASLE is committed to making our conferences as sustainable as possible. Please consult this document if you are considering proposing a Biennial or Off-Year ASLE Conference.

Accessibility at Conferences
ASLE is committed to making our conferences as accessible as possible. Please consult this document if you are considering proposing a Biennial or Off-Year ASLE Conference.

2023 Biennial Conference

July 9-12, 2023