Report on Sharp Eyes IX: John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference & Seminar

By Daniel G. Payne, SUNY College at Oneonta

The ninth biennial “Sharp Eyes” Nature Writing Conference was held at SUNY College at Oneonta from June 6-9, 2016, and drew approximately sixty participants and guests including eighteen students enrolled in the associated undergraduate seminar. The theme of this year’s conference, which was ASLE-affiliated, was “Local, Regional, Global: The Many Faces of Nature Writing” which inspired a wide range of presentations and numerous lively discussions.

The multidisciplinary aspect of environmental literature was fully evident at the conference, ...

2016 ASLE Grant Winners Announced

We are delighted to announce the 2016 winners of our ASLE grants, a program which is in the last year of a three-year pilot. Community Grants support projects that will help build connections between the environmental humanities and place-based environmental organizations working outside the academy. Translation Grants help to fund translation work in ecocriticism originally published in other languages, and to expand exchanges across cultures and continents. Book/Article/Media Project Subvention Grants were created to support innovative media projects in ecocriticism and the environmental ...

Report on 2016 Environmental Literature Institute

Inaugural Environmental Literature Institute Held at Phillips Exeter Academy in NH

By Mark C. Long, Keene State College and Jason BreMiller, Phillips Exeter Academy

It began with a conversation. Jason wanted to talk over a new environmental literature course at Phillips Exeter Academy, and Mark, at the time the president of ASLE, was hoping to create new opportunities for secondary educators in our association.

Two years later, twenty-five elementary and secondary school faculty gathered for the inaugural Environmental Literature Institute (ELI) at Phillips Exeter Academy in ...

Presidents’ Column: 2016 EC Retreat Report

The ASLE Executive Committee gathered for its annual meeting at the Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, Oregon, from April 8-10.  LVEC is an intentional community located on an 87-acre nature sanctuary south of Eugene. The sylvan setting provided the perfect backdrop for two days of invigorating conversations.

Discussion about future conference sites

We began our meeting by reviewing 2019 conference site proposals, beginning the process of determining a host site for ASLE 2019. We received a record four proposals, and so the work of deciding ...

ASLE Welcomes Two New International Affiliates

ASLE is very excited to announce the formation of two new international affiliates, ASLE-Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and ASLE-Brazil.

ASLE-ASEAN Statement of Purpose

ASLE-ASEAN, comprised of nations with varying degrees of ecological awareness and in different stages of development, is proud of its diverse cultures and ecologies. However, it is also aware of the vulnerability of the region, having survived the Tsunami and consequent El Niño typhoons—to name only a few disasters precipitated by climate change and global warming in the past decades. ...

Greetings from SES-J!

Greetings to the members of ASLE from Shoko ITOH, the chair of The Society for Ecocriticism Studies in Japan. SES-J is an academic community devoted to studying Ecocriticism and exploring cultural and literary connections to the environment. We have been active since 1995, when a renewed interest in nature writing and its criticism spread to Japan and the world. Our members study the Environment from various fields of inquiry including literature (American, Asian American, Australian, British, Canadian, Japanese, multicultural, comparative, and nuclear); education; ...

Application Period Now Open for 2016 ASLE Grants

In 2014 ASLE launched a three year pilot program to offer members of the association support through modest grants. Applications for the final year in our three year pilot for these grants are now being accepted, the deadline is July 1, 2016.

ASLE Subvention Grants support innovative projects in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. We are especially interested in projects of a scholarly and/or creative nature that engage with new media, aim at fostering intercultural or interdisciplinary exchange, or seek to bring insights from ...

ASLE-Sponsored Off-Year Symposia in 2016

*This article was updated on February 24, 2016.

In addition to our biennial conference, ASLE sponsors smaller regional symposia in our non-conference years. We are delighted to support three events in 2016, symposia in New Mexico and New York state, and our first ever graduate student symposium in Ann Arbor, MI.  Full descriptions and calls for papers can also be found at the Affiliated Symposia page.


Toxic Borders and Bondages: Intersecting Ecology with Capitalism, Racism, Heteropatriarchy and (Dis)possession (Graduate Symposium)

October 21 – 22, 2016 University of ...

ASLE Welcomes New Professional Affiliate SES-Japan

ASLE is very pleased to announce that we have established formal ties with a new Professional Affiliate organization. Since its foundation in 1995, the Society for the Study of Ecocriticism in Japan (SES-Japan) has assisted its members to acquire first-hand knowledge in the study of ecocriticism, which Cheryll Glotfelty described as “the relationship between literature and the physical environment.” SES-Japan holds annual meetings with presentations; workshops; symposia; as well as special lectures by writers and ecocritics from the United States or Canada, scholars ...

ASLE at MMLA 2015

By Lisa Ottum, ASLE/MMLA Liaison, Xavier University

The 57th Midwest Modern Language Association Annual Conference was held on November 12th-15th in Columbus.  Following the conference theme—“Arts and Sciences”—the ASLE-affiliated panel explored ecocriticism as a vibrant nexus of the arts and sciences.

In his paper, “Narcissus in the Wild: Into the Wild and Psychoanalytic Ecologies,” Alexander Menrisky (University of Kentucky) considered the way in which queer ecocriticism and psychoanalytic theory—specifically psychoanalytic theories of primary narcissism—can elucidate literary conceptions of the “wild” and wilderness “escape.”  Focusing on ...