ASLE EcoCast

Plants as Objects of Desire: A Conversation with Jared Margulies and Gina Stamm

In this month’s episode, we sit down with Jared Margulies and Gina Stamm to talk about their collaborative research into the wild and wonderful world of rare plant traders and collectors, and its intersection with psychoanalytic literary analysis and environmental humanities. Both Jared and Gina work at the University of Alabama: Jared is an Assistant Professor of Political Ecology, and Gina is an Assistant Professor of French.

Listen on Podbean Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Gina’s most recent publication can be found here: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/800870/summary For more on ...

“Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy?”: Speculative Fiction in the Anthropocene

This month, we’re happy to share our conversation with Marc DiPaolo, Associate Professor of English at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, to discuss his most recent non-fiction book Fire and Snow: Climate Fiction from the Inklings to Game of Thrones. In this episode, we talk about the role that fantasy plays in environmental discourse–both within fantasy literature and in the surrounding fandom.

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For more on Marc, including links to purchase his books: https://drdipaolo.wixsite.com/marc

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ASLE EcoCast Quick Fictions 2021

It’s our birthday! In this episode, we reflect on the first year of EcoCast, and then hear 25 environmentally-themed Quick Fictions. You can find bios of all the contributors below, in alphabetical order by first name.

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Twitter: @ASLE_EcoCast Jemma: @Geowrites Brandon: @BeGalm

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QUICK FICTION AUTHOR BIOS (alphabetical order by first name):

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ASLE Spotlight Series 3: A Sense of Urgency

This special episode features the audio recording from ASLE’s Spotlight Series’s second episode “Water Works,” held on April 16, 2021.

Co-hosts: April Anson and Rahul Mukherjee

Panelists: Hsuan L. Hsu (The Smell of Risk: Environmental Disparities and Olfactory Aesthetics), Vicent Ialenti (Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now), Müge Gedik (representing the Liberal Arts Collective at the Pennsylvania State University), and Gretchen E. Henderson (Life in the Tar Seeps)

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Ice In Your Veins: Antarctica in the Anthropocene with Marissa Grunes

In this episode, we have a wonderful conversation with Marissa Grunes about the literal and literary awe and fascination humans have had for Antarctica. Marissa is an Environmental Fellow at Harvard University Center for the Environment, where she is at work on a narrative nonfiction book, Incognita: A Portrait of Antarctica. She studied Comparative Literature in German and Spanish at Yale, and earned her PhD in English Lit from Harvard, where she studied nineteenth century American literature and log cabins.

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ASLE Spotlight Series 2: Water Works

This special episode features the audio recording from the ASLE’s Spotlight Series second episode, “Water Works,” held on April 16, 2021.

Co-hosts: Bethany Wiggin and Melody Jue (remote)

Panelists: Steve Mentz (Ocean), Craig Santos Perez (Habitat Threshhold), Brain Russel Roberts (Borderwaters: Amid the Archipelagic States of America), and Tori Bush (The Gulf South: An Anthology of Environmental Writing).

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For more information on ASLE’s Spotlight Series, including the video recordings for each episode, visit: https://www.asle.org/stay-informed/asle-news/spotlight-series-2021/

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Playing with Fire: Environmental Teaching with Dungeons and Dragons

Join us this month as adventure unfolds,

When dragons and dangers to climate are told.

How teaching can help us to bring changes soon,

Before it’s too late and the future is doomed.

Our guests are Heather Duncan and Eleanor Gold, who explain how Tabletop Role-Playing Games (TTRPGs), including Dungeons and Dragons, can be used in classroom settings. These games can help students imagine and play through positive environmental futures in a space that highlights creativity, adaptation, and critical thinking.

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ASLE Spotlight Series 1: Human/Non-Human Relation‪s

This special episode features the audio recording from the first episode of ASLE’s Spotlight Series on “Human/Non-Human Relations,” held on March 19, 2021.

Co-hosts: Laura Barbas-Rhoden and Heather Swan

Panelists: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Patricia Vieira, Sarah Giragosian, and Callum Angus.

For more information on ASLE’s Spotlight Series, including registering for upcoming virtual events, visit: https://www.asle.org/stay-informed/asle-news/spotlight-series-2021/

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The Ego and the Eco: Alex Menrisky and the Identity Politics of Ecology

In this month’s episode, Jemma and Brandon sit down with Alex Menrisky, lecturer in English and Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, to discuss his recent book Wild Abandon: American Literature and the Identity Politics of Ecology. What follows is a fascinating conversation on the historical ties of environmentalism to psychoanalysis and counterculture movements.

We apologize for the audio/technical issues in this month’s episode. We did our best to clean them up, but there are a few moments where you might hear some slight crackles, ...

Plastic, Plastic Everywhere: Poetry and Conversation with Craig Santos Perez

This episode, Jemma and Brandon are joined by Craig Santos Perez, poet and English professor at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa. They discuss Craig’s newest book, Habitat Threshold, and the ways his poetry addresses ecological concerns and their impacts on Pacific Island people and communities.

For more on Craig and his work:

Website: http://craigsantosperez.com/

Twitter: @craigsperez

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