ASLE News

Remembering Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez passed away on Christmas Day, 2020, and will be mourned and missed by many. We have invited some members of the ASLE community who knew Lopez to share their memories of him.

Barry Lopez at the 1997 ASLE Conference. Photo by Susan Hanson

Terry Tempest Williams

“The Color of the River is Light”

Barry Lopez once showed me how to drive the back roads at night with no headlights. Why? I asked.  “So you can learn to see in the dark like animals ...

Public Writing and Civic Engagement Workshops: Enroll Now

Amid overlapping social and ecological crises, ASLE seeks to further members’ efforts to engage meaningfully and effectively with public audiences. We’re thrilled to announce new, virtual opportunities in 2021 to learn with members deeply engaged in public work.

Space is limited; please enroll early for this opportunity to identify, develop, and enhance your skills. Workshop series goals include:

building the capacity of ASLE members for doing public engagement; elevating the work of public writing and public engagement by ASLE members; strengthening relations among a community of practitioners ...

ASLE Welcomes Newly Elected Officers

It is with great pleasure that ASLE announces the winners of our recent elections:

Andrea Knutson, who is finishing her term on the Executive Council, will serve as Vice President in 2021 and 2022, and Immediate Past Vice President in 2023.

Kiu-wai Chu and Serenella Iovino will serve three years as At-Large Executive Council members starting in January 2021.

Lisa Fink will serve as our new Graduate Student Liaison (GSL) for two years, with voting privileges in year two.

Andrea Knutson is an Associate Professor of English ...

Call for Applications for “ASLE Spotlight”: New Work in Ecocriticism and the Environmental Humanities

To foster opportunities for our members and community to gather digitally, ASLE is developing a new series of live and recorded events to spotlight outstanding new work in a diverse range of ecocritical traditions and literatures and in the environmental humanities. This series will be offered both in live video format with audience, and in a recorded format for viewing and listening afterward. The series will launch in early 2021 and continue monthly. We presently anticipate four Spotlights.

Each event will feature moderated conversations ...

Call for Nominees: ASLE Scholar of the Month

In May 2020, ASLE started a new “Scholar of the Month” program featured our website, which was modeled after the Society of Early Americanists’ program of the same name. The purpose is to highlight our members’ innovative research, teaching, community engagement, and other activities. Read about our past nominees and the questions we ask them at the Scholar of the Month pages on the website. We also post these profiles to ASLE Facebook and Twitter.

Now that the program has successfully launched, we would ...

ASLE 2021: Virtual Meetings and Programming, Book Award Postponement

ASLE in 2021: Virtual Meeting

ASLE members have long nurtured a close-knit community that cares deeply about one another and cherish the opportunity to gather with one another in person for sharing ideas, camaraderie, and laughter. The conference, for ASLE, has provided much more than an opportunity to add a line to a CV, and been a collegial “meeting of the minds, hearts, and bodies” in places our conference site teams have labored to share generously and make stronger in our time together, and ...

Statement Responding to Attacks on Critical Race Theory

The Executive Branch of the United States government has recently tried to defund any initiative that involves critical race theory. It has also threatened to withhold federal funding from schools that incorporate The 1619 Project of the New York Times into their curriculum. In light of these attacks, ASLE takes this opportunity to affirm critical approaches to race, enslavement, and settler-colonialism as central to the study of nature writing, environmental literature, and ecomedia. We further affirm Africana, Latinx, Asian American, and Native American and Indigenous ...

ISLE Evolves toward Online-Only Format

ISLE, ASLE’s flagship journal of ecocritical research and environmental writing, has been published since 1993. For sixteen years the journal appeared only in traditional paper format. When ASLE joined forces with Oxford University Press (OUP) in 2008, the back issues of ISLE were scanned and made available in an online archive, and all issues since 2009 have been published in a combined print and online format. At present, there are 77 issues of ISLE available online, including the most recent: issue 27.2/Spring 2020.

We ...

ASLE 2020 Grant Recipients Announced

We are thrilled to announce the following ASLE grant recipients for 2020. Three Translation Grants and two Subvention Grants were awarded to these worthy projects.

Funding for ASLE grants come, in large part, from members and supporters like you. Donate today to support innovative scholarship and research.

Translation Grants

The Elephant Dance Andrew Wisindi’s project involves the translation of a novel, The Elephant Dance, a prose fiction written by Henry ole Kulet from Kenya, published in English by Longhorn Publishers (Kenya) in 2016. The project will translate ...

ASLE Launches EcoCast Podcast Series

ASLE is pleased to announce the launch of its first official podcast series: ASLE EcoCast is Environmental Conversations On Creative Art, Scholarship, and Teaching. Hosted by members Brandon Galm and Jemma Deer, this show will feature interviews and conversations with a diverse range of scholars, artists and teachers doing work that falls under the preview of ASLE’s vision. Episodes will be released monthly, on podbean, apple podcasts and lyceum. You can also find them posted here at the ASLE Website under the Stay ...

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