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FSLE-India: Conference, Activities and Updates

FSLE-India Kerala Conference 2018

FSLE-India is sponsoring an International Conference on Ecology & Culture, entitled Ecological and Cultural Cognizance: A Boulevard of Sustainable Amiability. The conference will be held from December 15-17, 2018 at Amrita Vishva Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, Kollam, Kerala. Deadline for submissions is September 5, 2018.

Read the full CFP here:

On December 17 during the conference, there will also be a Haiku Workshop with Kala Ramesh, A veteran haiji. Registration deadline is August 30, 2018.


A Report on the South Indian Ecocritical Talks

In July 2018, FSLE-India president ...

ASLE Members Participate in Forum on Chinese Leisure Philosophy and Soma-esthetics

The 4thForum on Chinese Leisure Philosophy and Soma-esthetics Opened in Jiangxi Province

The 4th Forum on Leisure Philosophy and Soma-esthetics was held In Bailudong (White Deer Cave) Academy in Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province on July 23-25, 2018. This conference was co-sponsored by Asian-Pacific Leisure Education Research Center of Zhejiang University, Soma-esthetics Research Institute of Shenzhen University, School of Literature and Media of Jiujiang College and Central-China Leisure Culture Research Center of Hubei Polytechnic College. Over 40 Participants attended the conference, among whom are prominent Chinese ...

SES-J 31st Ecocriticism Studies Conference

The 31st Ecocriticism Studies Conference of the Society for Ecocriticism Studies in Japan (SES-J), an ASLE Professional Affiliate, was held August 11 2018. The conference took place at Ehime University in Matsuyama, Japan.  Shoko Itoh, ASLE Honorary Member and President of SES-J, gave the opening remarks for the day of presentations, workshops and meetings.

See the full conference program: 2018 SES-J Program


Nautilus Silver Award Winner 2017

Tova Fleming


The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion, by Jennifer Browdy, has been selected as a Nautilus Silver Award winner for 2017. The book, which offers prompts and guidance in the creative process of memoir writing, is also the basis for Jennifer’s online course in purposeful memoir.


Jennifer, a professor of comparative literature and media studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, is also the author of an environmental memoir, What I Forgot…And Why I Remembered, which was one of six ...

Scott T. Starbuck’s Hawk on Wire Selected as a Montaigne Medal Finalist

Scott T. Starbuck’s book of climate change poems, Hawk on Wire, was selected from over 1,500 entries as a Montaigne Medal Finalist at Eric Hoffer Awards for “the most thought-provoking books.” The book, written at a PLAYA climate change residency, was also a July 2017 “Editor’s Pick” at along with The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, and was featured at Yale Climate Connections.  There is a 24-minute YouTube of his book launch sponsored by La Jolla Historical Society’s WEATHER ON STEROIDS EXHIBIT. In addition to being a poet, ...

Novelist JoeAnn Hart Presenting at the International Literature Festival Berlin 2017

JoeAnn Hart is honored to be taking part in the International Literature Festival Berlin 2017 which takes place at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin, Germany from September 6th through the 16, 2017. On Monday, September 11th at 6 p.m. JoeAnn will be presenting her novel Float, followed by a discussion of the work.

Later the same evening, at 7:30 p.m., as part of Science Year 2016/17, which this year centers around Seas and Oceans, JoeAnn will participate in “Reading the Currents. Shifting ...

In Memoriam: Nat Hart

Nat Hart was a longtime ASLE member, and he will be greatly missed by our community.

Obituary from the Morris Sun Tribune:

Nathaniel Hart, professor emeritus and early faculty member at the University of Minnesota, Morris died peacefully on January 16 at West Wind Village, Morris, Minnesota. Born March 4, 1930, he was 86.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, to David and Ruth Hart, Nathaniel centered his life on his love of English literature and in service to the principles of the academy. In 1952, he ...

In Memoriam: John Felstiner

John Felstiner, Stanford Professor and poetry scholar, dies at age 80

It is with great sadness that we share the news that longtime ASLE member Louis John Felstiner, Jr., died on February 24, 2017 at the age of eighty. Professor Felstiner was a translator, literary critic, teacher, poet, and ardent environmentalist. He is survived by Mary Lowenthal Felstiner, his wife of over fifty years, their two children, Sarah and Alek, and two grandchildren, Brayden and Asa.

Professor Felstiner was born in Mount Vernon, New York, ...

New Publications by Michael Potts

Michael Potts has recently published an article in Tolkien Studies that looks at the influence of Oswald Spengler’s Decline of the West on Tolkien’s famous Lord of the Rings. Spengler formulated a complex and immensely influential argument that civilisation was cyclical – it grew in a particular environment or soil, bloomed and then declined and withered as the ideals that sustained it exhausted themselves and decay and decline set in. Tolkien fans will obviously recognise the applicability of this to the world of Middle ...

In Memoriam: Kota Inoue

Kota Inoue was a member of ASLE.  Many participants in the Moscow conference will remember Kota, who was a friendly volunteer with the site host team. He greeted many of the conference attendees at the registration table, in multiple languages, and was a smiling and friendly face throughout the event. He will be greatly missed.

This memoriam for Kota was written by his mentor and dissertation advisor James Fujii, and is posted here with his permission:

It is with great sadness that I announce the ...