Biennial Conference


Twelfth ASLE Biennial Conference
Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery

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

ASLE 2017 Final Program (PDF)
Conference Web Site
Cultural Crawl Schedule (PDF)

Recorded Plenary Talks from the 2017 Conference:

Book trailer for Rants from the Hill: On Packrats, Bobcats, Wildfires, Curmudgeons, a Drunken Mary Kay Lady, and Other Encounters with the Wild in the High Desert (Roost Books, 2017)

Book trailer for Raising Wild: Dispatches from a Home in the Wilderness (Roost Books, 2016)

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

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