2021 ASLE Graduate Student Paper Award Winners

Congratulations to the three applicants whose scholarship presented at the 2021 ASLE Virtual Conference, “EmergencE/Y”, were chosen for the ASLE Graduate Student Paper Award.  This year’s field was especially deep, with more than 80 submissions for the judges to evaluate. Here is a bit more about the winners and their work.

Tori Bush, Louisiana State University “Eco-Orientalism: Constructing Climate Migration on Isle de Jean Charles” In 2016, $48 million federal tax dollars were allocated to move the entire indigenous community of the Isle de Jean Charles ...

Member Opportunities: Elected and Appointed Positions

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) is a nonprofit with a dynamic membership and one ongoing part-time professional staff member. ASLE thrives because of the commitment of its members to carrying out our work. ASLE invites our members to sustain vital work and to shape our future through an elected or appointed position.

The next several years involve implementing a new strategic plan, while also responding creatively and flexibly to the ongoing duress imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

2021 ASLE Grant Awardees Announced

ASLE is very pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 ASLE Grants. Our five awardees include three subvention awards and two translation awards.  Read more about their projects and plans below.

Subvention Grants The World according to Maya Bees

The documentary film The World according to Maya Bees is based on the research led by Kata Beilin and Sainath Suryanarayanan and published in ACME in 2020  under the title Milpa Melipona Maya; Mayan Interspecies Alliances Facing Agribiotechnology in Yucatan. It tells the story of the ...

ASLE Signs Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History

ASLE is one of 133 organizations that has signed on to this Joint Statement on Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History (June 2021).

The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and PEN America have authored a joint statement stating their “firm opposition” to legislation, introduced in at least 20 states, that would restrict the discussion of “divisive concepts” in public education institutions. It is not possible to address divisions that exist, ...

ASLE Spotlight Series: View Recorded Sessions

We are excited to announce the lineups for our new ASLE Spotlight series launching this spring. Each of the four episodes features 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   Human/Non-Human Relations Transcript (PDF) A Recording of Episode 2 is below  Water Works Transcript (PDF)


A Recording of Episode 3 ...

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

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

Deadline for Submissions has passed: 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 ...

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 ...

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.


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 ...

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