Call for Participation: ASLE Standing Committee on Activism

This is a call for members to participate in the newly-constituted Standing Committee on Activism.

Background: ASLE is regularly presented with requests to sign petitions, participate in protest, and otherwise engage contemporary issues related to its mission. ASLE has also confronted proposed meeting sites that are compromised by political controversy. Finally, it has adopted an Advocacy Policy that allows members to bring proposals to the Executive Council for consideration.

In such cases, the leadership requires detailed information about the issues at hand, as well as a sense ...

Cultivating Community in the Environmental Humanities

Cultivating Community in the Environmental Humanities: The Second Annual Environmental Literature Institute at Phillips Exeter Academy

By Stephen Siperstein, Choate Rosemary Hall Academy;Jason BreMiller, Phillips Exeter Academy; and Mark C. Long, Keene State College

This past June, the second annual Environmental Literature Institute (ELI) brought secondary school teachers from around the country together at Exeter Academy, New Hampshire for a week of professional development in environmental humanities pedagogy. Continuing to build on the 2014 ASLE strategic plan’s goal to improve public discourse about the environment through ...

Environmental Humanities at #MLA18

If you are attending the 2018 Modern Language Association Convention, held from January 4-7, 2108 in New York City, consider adding some of these events and sessions to your agenda. If you are on a panel of interest to ASLE members not listed below, please contact us at to have it added.

The MLA Forum on Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities is a community founded by ASLE members Sharon O’Dair, Stacy Alaimo, Stephanie LeMenager and Jeffrey J. Cohen.  Check out their feed in the MLA Commons and ...

ASLE Seeks Associate Editors for ISLE Journal

ISLE Call for Associate Editors

ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment is the official journal of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. ISLE seeks to explore the relation between human beings and the natural world, and publishes articles from literary scholars, environmental historians, specialists in the visual and performing arts, environmental philosophers, geographers, economists, ecologists, and scholars in other fields relevant to “literature and environment.” The journal also publishes poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction pertinent to its thematic focus.

For more ...

Welcome to New Officers

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our recent elections:

Stacy Alaimo and Jeffrey Jerome Cohen will serve as co-presidents, Andrea Knutson and Julietta Singh will be the new members of the Executive Council, and Kristin George Bagdanov will be the (junior) Graduate Student Liaison.  All terms begin on January 1, 2018.

Stacy Alaimo is Professor of English at the University of Texas, Arlington. She is a founding member of the MLA Forum on Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities and served as its first chair. Alaimo was a co-founder of the cross-disciplinary minor ...

ASLE Welcomes Two New International Affiliates

We are delighted to announce that two new international environmental humanities groups have recently taken shape in Pakistan and India. Read more about their missions and activities below:


Though there is a Ministry of Climate Change and an Environmental Protection Agency in Pakistan along with numerous other nongovernmental organizations also working for environmental welfare in Pakistan, there exists no central forum at the grassroots level which specifically engages the academia, researchers, and creative writers in raising critical awareness regarding environmental ...

ASLE 2017 Conference Reports

There were many activities on the 2017 ASLE Conference program in addition to concurrent sessions, and a number of interest groups met during the week in Detroit. Descriptions of a few of these, and summary reports we have received so far, are compiled for those who could not attend the conference or these particular events.  Additional reports will be added as they are received.

Articulate Detroit: Visualizing Environments with Augmented Reality is a project that uses mobile technology to create an interactive walking tour of sites on Woodward Avenue. This ...

Applications for 2017 ASLE Grants Now Open

In 2014, ASLE launched a three year pilot program to offer members of the association support through modest grants. Our funding ran out at the end of 2016, but we have identified emergency funding through small donations and conference revenues to keep these programs active for 2017. Applications grants are now being accepted, the deadline is December 31, 2017.

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 ...

Statement Regarding Charlottesville, August 2017

Statement from ASLE Leaders on Charlottesville

The following statement was issued by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Co-Presidents Christoph Irmscher and Anthony Lioi, Vice President Nicole Seymour, and Managing Director Amy McIntyre following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend.

August, 2017

As officers of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, we condemn the white supremacist terrorism of August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia. The neo-Nazis responsible are driven by a blood-and-soil ideology that identifies a ...

ASLE Announces 2017 Writing Award Winners

Updated August 2017

ASLE is very excited to announce the winners of the 2017 ASLE Book and Paper Awards. The awards, in the areas of ecocriticism and environmental creative writing, recognize excellence in the field. The official presentation of certificates and $500 cash prizes for books, and $100 for graduate student papers, was made during the Authors’ Reception at the 2017 ASLE Biennial Conference at Wayne State University in Detroit, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Creative Book Award Winner:

Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American ...