ASLE Statement on COVID-19

As of this moment, more than 179,000 people have died worldwide from COVID-19, and in the United States, more than 42,000 people have died. As a community of scholars, creative writers, artists, and activists focused on the environment, literature, and culture, we bring a particular set of insights and resources to the pandemic. We wish to draw specific attention to the environmental injustice at the heart of COVID-19 risk and response, to warn against unintentionally affirming the ecofascist rhetoric present in public discourse, ...

ISLE Journal Seeks New Assistant Editors for Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, and Poetry

The editors of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment invite applications for three new positions, Poetry Editor, Fiction Editor, and Creative Non-Fiction Editor.

ISLE is the quarterly journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and published by Oxford University Press.

Details about the qualifications, duties, application materials and deadline (May 5) are in the PDF documents linked below. We encourage members to share this call widely.

If you have questions, please email Christina Gerhardt and Jennifer Westerman, Associate Co-Editors, ISLE. ...

Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency, ASLE 2020 Virtual Symposium


A fire consumes the National Museum of Brazil, 2018. In addition to destroying countless artifacts, the fire claimed records of many Indigenous languages that are no longer spoken. Photo by Felipe Milanez.

A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the University of California, Santa Barbara

July 10-31, 2020

Registration is now open: Register Online


Symposium Events

Keynote speakers:

Stephanie LeMenager is Barbara and Carlisle Moore professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. She thinks ...

A Report from ASLE Leadership

In the week since we wrote the following report on the ASLE leadership retreat in Portland, Oregon, Covid19 has continued its rapid spread and, on March 11th, was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. In a vacuum of effective leadership globally, or, in the United States, nationally, state and local leaders have been responding to instate measures to slow the virus’s spread and to support public health facilities and workers. With many school and university closures, ASLE members find their lives ...

Seeking Contributors to Launch EcoCast: The Official ASLE Podcast

ASLE is seeking both co-hosts and interview participants for a new podcast, please see the calls below:


The Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) is currently accepting applications for a co-host on the in-development podcast series, EcoCast. The podcast will be a place for scholars, educators, and creators doing work related to ecocriticism, environmental and social justice, service learning, and any other topic that falls under the purview of ASLE’s vision.

The role of the co-host will be to help the ...

Environmental Literature Institute (ELI) 2020 Canceled

Poetic fieldwork at the Exeter River with Alison Hawthorne Deming, 2019

Update: Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, organizers have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 institute.

The Environmental Literature Institute (ELI), was to have been held June 21-June 26, 2020 at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter NH.


ELI aims to cultivate a community of educators interested in environmentally-focused teaching and learning. The workshops, speakers, and events of this week-long institute will offer ideas and materials to help participants enrich their teaching as ...

Call for Submissions: ASLE 2020 Subvention and Translation Grants

At the 2019 officers meeting, the leadership discussed changes to our grants programs.  As submissions to the Community Grants have been sparse, and the submissions to the Conference Travel Awards have grown immensely, it indicates a need to support our contingent, student, and international members more robustly through travel funding. Therefore, the EC voted to amend these programs in the following ways:

In conference years, ASLE will increase our allocation from $5,000 to $10,000 for conference travel; in off-conference years, ASLE will accept both ...

ASLE 2021 Conference Announcement

USACE Fremont Bridge Portland and cityscape, Oregon. Photo by Bob Heims.

We are happy to announce the location of our next ASLE conference will be the Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The conference is scheduled for July 6-9, 2021.

The OCC is an LEED Platinum Certified Facility and a pioneer in creating a space for green and sustainable meetings. Their commitments include energy reduction and solar power utilization, landfill waste minimization and recycling, watershed stewardship, air quality, supply chain carbon ...

ASLE Elects and Appoints New Officers

It is with great pleasure that ASLE welcomes the following people to our leadership:

Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Bethany Wiggin


Laura Barbas-Rhoden and Bethany Wiggin have been elected to serve as Co-Presidents starting January 1, 2020. Laura has been serving as ASLE’s Diversity Co-Officer for the past three years, and is Professor of Spanish at Wofford College. She’s the author of Ecological Imaginations in Latin American Fiction. Bethany is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and Associate Professor of German ...

In Memoriam: Dr. Annette Kolodny, 1941-2019

By Amy Hamilton, Northern Michigan University

Dr. Annette Kolodny, a leading voice in Early American literary studies and a founding ecofeminist scholar, died on September 11, 2019 at her home in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Kolodny’s work has inspired countless ASLE members, and she was also a friend, teacher, and mentor to many of us in the field. Her loss will be deeply felt.

She received her BA from Brooklyn College, CUNY in 1962, and her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. In ...

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