Biennial Conference

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2021 Conference Preliminary Schedule

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The twelve streams and featured talks and performances of this all-remote convening merge in shared explorations of how creators, writers, critics, activists, teachers, collectives—past and present—have made sense of ruptures and crises and made space for being, creating, disrupting, solidarity, and change. We will ask: What is the time and history of the crisis of now? While crisis, like emergency, appears in the short term, its emergence is much longer in the making. How can work by ecocritics and environmental humanists work across these disparate, even divergent timescales? We will explore: How is crisis emplaced? How does it make and remake place? How do the dislocations forced by crisis—of human and nonhuman populations—reshape place attachment? What does attachment to a refuge feel like?  

Organizers remind us never to let a good crisis go unused. How might work in the environmental humanities and ecocriticism think with movement insights and energies to catapult beyond the now, so as to emerge in a more just and welcoming place?

The conference will take place virtually, from July 26 – August 6, with a combination of asynchronous and synchronous events.  

Keynote speakers include:

Events include:

  • “Writing & Wellbeing” workshop with Helen Sword (pre-register here)
  • “Learning Refugia” workshop with Marijke Hecht, Michelle King, and Shimira Williams of the #WalkingAloneandTogether project
  • My Climate Story small group workshop sponsored by PPEH (signup coming soon)
  • Author/publisher reception and social
  • Mentoring sessions on topics such as publishing and applying for jobs and fellowships
  • A reading by Terrain.org authors

Conference Sponsors: 


We plan to convene in Portland, Oregon for our next biennial conference in July 2023, and look forward to seeing many of you there!

ASLE 2019 Field Trip to the Yolo Basin to see the nightly bat flyout. Photo by Ben Blackman (UC Davis).

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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.

ASLE Virtual Conference

July 26-August 6, 2021