ASLE EcoCast

The Aesthetics of Asceticism: Thoreau, Religion, and Social Justice with Alda Bathrop-Lewis

After a brief hiatus, EcoCast is happy to be back with a new episode! Our guest is Alda Bathrop-Lewis, research fellow at Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, and author of the 2021 book Thoreau’s Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism. We discuss what links aesthetics to asceticism, and challenge the popular image of Thoreau as a solo hero in the woods, instead recognizing his deep sense of community and inheritance. Due to the tricky nature ...

ASLE Spotlight Series 2021: Identity and Place

This special episode features the audio recording from the fourth episode of ASLE’s Spotlight Series “Identity and Place,” held on June 10, 2021.

Co-hosts: Laura Barbas-Rhoden, Gisela Heffes

Panelists:

Scott Edward Anderson, Azorean Suite: A Poem of the Moment/Suite Açoriana: Um Poema do Momento Victoria Saramago, Fictional Environments: Mimesis, Deforestation, and Development in Latin America Charles Maurice Pigott, Writing the Land, Writing Humanity: The Maya Literary Renaissance Lucien Darjeun Meadows, “Circling Eloh: A Meditation” Listen on Podbean Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify

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Weaving the World: Poetry and Conversation with Heather Swan

It’s been a while since we’ve had some poetry on EcoCast, so… enjoy some poetry on EcoCast! We’re joined by Heather Swan, poet and lecturer at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heather shares some poems from her collection A Kinship with Ash, and we discuss her non-fiction books, Where Honeybees Thrive and the forthcoming Where the Grass Still Sings. We talk about the wonder and grief inspired by witnessing the natural world and the harms done to it by humans, and think about the power of writing and ...

On the Shoulders of Giants: Important Voices of Environmental Humanities

This month, we’re thrilled to be joined by Joni Adamson, Professor of English and Environmental Humanities, and Director of the Environmental Humanities Initiative, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Joni’s work in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities stretches back to the field’s early days. We discuss her history, some of her recent work, as well as what she has in the pipeline for the future.

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Humanities for the Environment, North American Observatory information: https://hfe-observatories.org/observatories/north-american-observatory

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It’s the End of World as We Know It (and the Hero Survives): Robert Geal and the Psychoanalysis of Disaster Cinema

This month, we’re joined by Robert Geal, lecturer at University of Wolverhampton, UK to discuss his recent book Ecological Film Theory and Psychoanalysis: Surviving the Environmental Apocalypse. We discuss the role that disaster cinema has on our psychological relationship to the environment, environmental disaster, and society’s (in)action towards climate change.

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Twitter: @RobertGeal https://wwwwolverhampton.academia.edu/RobertGeal

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

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Nature Creeps Back: Creature Features and the Environment with Christy Tidwell & Bridgitte Barclay

What’s scarier than climate change? Not much, but this month’s guests–Bridgitte Barclay, Associate Professor at Aurora University, and Christy Tidwell, Associate Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology–join us to talk about the sub-genre of horror films known as creature features, and how these films can change how we think about environmental concerns.

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For more on Christy and Bridgitte:

Christy: https://christymtidwell.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @christymtidwell

Bridgitte: https://bridgitteabarclay.wixsite.com/bridgittebarclay

Twitter: @bridgebarclay

Mapping Stories: Lowell Wyse and Ecospatiality

This month we’re joined by Lowell Wyse, author of the recent book Ecospatiality: A Place-Based Approach to American Literature. This episode is all about exploring spatiality in literature, specifically how authors map their work and how readers experience those spaces when navigating through the texts.

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William Cronon’s “The Trouble with Wilderness”: https://www.williamcronon.net/writing/Trouble_with_Wilderness_Main.html

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Twitter: @LowellDW Tacoma Tree Foundation: https://www.tacomatreefoundation.org/

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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.

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

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