Biennial Conference


Twelfth ASLE Biennial Conference
Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery

June 20-24, 2017
Wayne State University, Detroit MI

ASLE 2017 Call for Papers (PDF)
Conference Web Site (more information will be added here as it becomes available)

Update: Deadline for submissions extended to December 21, 2016.  Submissions for both individual papers and panels will be accepted through Submittable:  If you have a panel CFP that you would like to circulate, post it at our Panel Call for Papers page.  If you are an individual looking to submit to a panel, check out the postings there as well!

Special Activities and Events:

  • Banquet and dance at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Special panels and presentations, one on water + activism in Detroit, another a walking tour panel, “Articulating Detroit,” based on a project developed for a 2016 ASLE Subvention Grant, and a presentation by the 2015 and 2016 Community Grant winners on their projects.
  • Field trip options, including the Underground Railroad Living Museum, Arab American National Museum, an Urban Garden Tour, and volunteer opportunities
  • Progressive evening in Midtown Detroit, including music, a radical poetry reading at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MoCAD), and other artistic endeavors.
  • Special movie screening of Watermark at the Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts

Wayne State campus-in-fall

The University and the City

Founded in 1868, Wayne State University is a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution offering more than 380 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students. Wayne State’s main campus in Midtown Detroit comprises 100 buildings over 200 acres. WSU is home to students from nearly every state and 60 countries — the most diverse student body among Michigan’s 15 public universities.

A large urban redevelopment movement is taking place in the city. Detroit has the look and feel of a big city when it comes to things to see and do, but the community spirit of a much smaller town, which makes the city unique. Detroit is a thriving cultural hub, and there are numerous historical and architectural masterpieces concentrated in family-friendly neighborhoods within walking distance of Wayne State University. The campus itself is located in Detroit’s Cultural Center and is surrounded by museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, and other attractions. To learn more about Wayne State and attractions and activities in Detroit, see


Plenary Talks from the 2015 Conference

Several of the keynote talks were recorded at the recent 2015 conference, and can be watched on YouTube:

For information on 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, PhD candidate, University of Oregon

Wayne State University

June 20-24, 2017