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 ...

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

Cost: $25 or pay what you can on a sliding scale, starting at $5 USD.

Humanities On the BRINK Program  (PDF)

Symposium Schedule

July 10: ...

A Message from the New Editors of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment

Christina Gerhardt

Jennifer Westerman

We are honored to serve as the new Editors of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and are energized by the opportunity to advance scholarship and thinking in the environmental humanities. From 1995 to 2020, retiring Editor Scott Slovic steadfastly guided the journal’s development in tandem with the emerging and now thriving fields of ecocriticism and environmental humanities. We are grateful to Scott for his many years of commitment to the journal, especially for his expansive ...

A Tribute to Scott Slovic, ISLE Editor, 1995-2020

Scott Slovic, editor of ASLE’s journal Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE) for the past 25 years, was able to join EcoCast hosts Jemma Deer and Brandon Galm on June 24, 2020, to discuss his career, environmental studies past and future, and his upcoming retirement from the position. EcoCast is a new ASLE podcast that will launch in July.  Hear the interview here:



Scott Slovic, photo by Susan Bender

“Who has the tape gun?” Richard bellows. “I think Alicia had it,” Masami ...

Free Articles from ISLE: Social and Environmental Justice

ISLE Responds to the Call for Social and Environmental Justice

Editor-in-Chief Scott Slovic and incoming Editors-in-Chief Jennifer Westerman and Christina Gerhardt have curated a collection of articles responding to the call for social and environmental justice. These articles are freely available to read and download through the end of the year (December 31, 2020) via Oxford University Press:

Since its inception in the early 1990s, ISLE has sought to provide a forum for the representation and analysis of vital issues of social and environmental justice. Equity, ...

In Solidarity, in Sadness, and in Hope

ASLE stands unified in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color members, and all BIPOC people. We join with thousands worldwide who demand justice for those who have had their lives taken by police violence and other forms of officially or tacitly state-sanctioned white supremacy. We mourn for the murder victims, we grieve with the bereaved, we vow to work for systemic change.

In a country where the long and lethal legacies of settler colonialism and racial capitalism remain widely unexamined and ...

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, ...

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 ...

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