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

Registration is now open online:  REGISTER NOW

ASLE 2017 Registration Information
Registration form 2017

Cultural Crawl Schedule (PDF)

Registration fee is $185, and $105 for students, independent scholars, freelance artists and writers, and retirees.

Pre-registration for workshops and seminars is now open.  Read the descriptions and how to pre-register.  Note: You do not need to be a presenter to sign up for a workshop or seminar.

Special Activities and Events:

  • Banquet and dance at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Special panels and presentations, including one on water + activism in Detroit, a special ASLE-Grant funded walking tour panel, “Articulating Detroit,” and a presentation by the 2015 and 2016 Community Grant winners on their projects.
  • Field trip options, including the Belle Isle Aquarium Laboratory and Field Station, Arab American National Museum, an Urban Garden Tour, cycling tour, and volunteer opportunities
  • Cultural Crawl 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