ASLE News

ASLE EcoCast Seeks “Quick Fictions” Submissions

The ASLE EcoCast podcast is doing a special “Quick Fictions” episode in honor of EcoCast’s first birthday in July, 2021.

We want to hear your voices on EcoCast! The special Quick Fictions episode will feature very short creative pieces (of 300 words or less) with environmental themes. We’re looking for thoughtful, arresting pieces about ecological issues, climate breakdown, or mass extinction. An Eco Quick fiction might be quick cli-fi, quick nature writing, quick neo-pastoral, or it might be a prose poem that reflects on ...

ASLE 2021 Virtual Conference Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals 2021 Conference PDF

Deadline for Submissions EXTENDED to April 5, 2021

Conference Theme: EmergencE/Y

The 2021 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Digital Convening invites creative and critical engagements around the broad but timely theme of EmergencE/Y. Within a present scoured by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, by intersecting social and ecological crises, including white supremacy and settler colonialist logics and frameworks, how can environmental humanists and ecocritics imagine, conceptualize, theorize, and represent these compounding crises?

The twelve streams and featured talks ...

ASLE Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

ASLE stands in solidarity with our Asian and Asian American members and BIPOC communities to condemn anti-Asian violence. We mourn for the eight victims of the Atlanta murders, including 6 Asian American women: Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, and Yong Yue.

These recent tragedies follow a long history of Anti-Asian rhetoric and violence, which is deeply embedded in systemic structures of white supremacy, imperialism, and global capitalism. This violence against Asian ...

ASLE Spotlight Series: Register Now

We are excited to announce the lineups for our new ASLE Spotlight series launching this spring. To register, scroll down to the episode and click “REGISTER NOW”. Each of the four episodes will feature moderated conversations with ASLE members who have produced new critical and creative work in the environmental humanities. Episodes follow a theme, and highlight publicly engaged scholarship. If you cannot attend the live online events, they are being recorded.

A Recording of Episode 1 is below.  Transcript of ASLE Spotlight E1 ...

2021 ASLE Subvention and Translation Grants: Open for Submission

ASLE 2021 Subvention and Translation Grants Submission Instructions

2021 ASLE Grants Call (PDF)

We are delighted to announce another round of grants is available in 2021!

ASLE is providing up to FIVE grants total this year to support EITHER subvention grants for innovative projects in ecocriticism and environmental humanities such as art installations, documentary film projects, digital humanities web projects, and book or article publication; OR translation grants funding a translation into English, or from English into other languages, of relevant ecocritical or environmental humanities work ...

ASLE Statement in Opposition to KBOR Suspension of Tenure Policy

This statement is in response to a new Kansas Board of Regents policy that suspends the procedures of shared governance, including tenure protection, in order to ease dismissals, suspensions, and terminations.

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The leadership of ASLE: Association for the Study of Literature and Environment condemns the recent decision of the Kansas Board of Regents to suspend tenure for two years without going through the already-established procedures that mandate a declaration of financial exigency, budget transparency, protection for faculty rights, and close coordination with faculty governance ...

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.

In addition, the editors of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment have collated several articles that have appeared in the journal over the years and created a special feature on the ISLE website: https://academic.oup.com/isle/pages/barry-lopez-tribute

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

Terry Tempest Williams

“The Color of ...

ASLE Public Writing and Civic Engagement Workshops

Updated 3/3/2021

Amid overlapping social and ecological crises, ASLE seeks to further members’ efforts to engage meaningfully and effectively with public audiences. We conducted two virtual workshop opportunities in January and February 2021 to learn with members deeply engaged in public work.

The goals were to to identify, develop, and enhance public communication skills. Workshop series goals included:

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 in ...

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 ...

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