Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
(UK & Ireland)

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) was founded in 1998. Our aim is to represent and support scholars and writers, in the Atlantic archipelago and beyond, interested in the environment and its expression in the cultural imagination. We provide a forum for ‘environmental criticism’ and ‘ecocriticism’, that is, the study of the intricate relationships between human and nonhuman environments, broadly construed. We are motivated by a commitment to ecologically sound practices and politics, but, above all, we seek to foster a spirit of open dialogue and intellectual curiosity about how ‘nature’ and ‘environment’ exist in our discursive lives.

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ASLE-UKI POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE, ORKNEY 5-7 SEPTEMBER 2018

We are excited to announce our 2018 postgraduate conference – held this year on Orkney. This is a unique opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore and present new work in the ecohumanities in this island environment, and to participate in the Orkney International Science Festival. Full details on submitting your proposals can be found HERE. Information on an exciting public lecture competition is available HERE.

 

2018 ASLE-UKI/INSPIRE LECTURE COMPETITION

To be delivered at the Hay Festival, Thursday 31 May 2018

Sustainability is a matter of literature as much as it is about politics or environmental science. The stories we tell, the poems we compose, the dramas we enact—all provide spaces for inspiration, imagination, and debate over what it means to live sustainably. This competition invites submissions that explore how literature, in any of its forms, responds to the past, present, or future environment or to environmental concerns, be it through engagements with nature, place, and landscape, with the life sciences, ecology, or environmental science, or in the context of debates around sustainability, energy use, or climate change. Full details HERE