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ASLE International Membership Grants – ongoing

NB this post is still open – allocation for grants currently remains ongoing.

ASLE is pleased to announce an International Membership Grants Initiative. The Initiative provides 50 ASLE-US membership grants to literature and environment scholars outside the US and Canada. The grants are designed to help a more diverse, international community of scholars gain access to educational and scholarly opportunities in our field, as well as to advance educational and professional opportunities beyond the US and Canada.

The 2013-14 International Membership Grants Initiative will begin January 15, 2013.  Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until 50 two-year memberships have been granted. The Grants Initiative for 2015-16 will begin in January 2015.

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Job Posting: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Development, Appalachian State

The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department at Appalachian State University invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2015. We seek broadly trained applicants with expertise in Culture and Environment, whose work is in the environmental humanities and/or the humanistic social sciences and situated in the larger context of sustainable development. The area of specialization is open. Candidates must have a PhD by the beginning of the appointment.

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Of The Earth Conference, University of Plymouth, Oct 24-25, Registration Now Open

Of the Earth is a major conference exploring art, design, writing and the environment and is organized to coincide with the showing in Plymouth (UK) of the WALK ON exhibition, a retrospective of the last 60 years of ‘walking art’.

Of The Earth will set out to identify how the history, theory and practice of contemporary art, design, and writing are becoming increasingly aligned to environmental issues and politics. A large part of the conference will be given over to a review of contemporary research and artistic practice which explores the delicate poise between the human mind and the natural world ‐ the world in which we live.

The conference will be held at the University of Plymouth (UK) on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October 2014.

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Call for papers: Green Letters 20(20): “The Ecology of Labour”

CALL FOR PAPERS: Green Letters 20(2)  

‘The Ecology of Labour’ Guest Editors: Martin Ryle and Kate Soper

Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism is the journal of ASLE-UKI (the UK-Ireland branch of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). It is a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis and supported by Bath Spa University and the University of Worcester. Green Letters explores interdisciplinary interfaces between humans and the natural and built environment. Submissions (by abstract) are invited for our themed spring 2016 issue.

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CFP: ASLE 2015, 23-27 June, University of Idaho, call deadline 7 Dec 2014

Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice

Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 23 – 27, 2015
University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho


In Notes from Underground (1864), Dostoyevsky explores relations between modernity and its discontents at an important historical conjuncture: the novella’s unnamed, unpleasant hero rails against capitalist industry, imperialist architecture and an emerging social scientific understanding of human behaviour premised on predictability and knowability. By writing from the underground – from the subterranean, from the murk, from the world of refuse – Dostoyevsky asks us to consider the importance of experiences that lie beneath (and both before and after) the shiny edifices of progress, rationality and industry. But the “underground” also asks us to consider what lies beneath us much more literally: crust, tectonic plates, magma, minerals, fossil fuels, aquifers, lakes, caves, fungal networks, clay, compost, worms, ants, nematodes, roots, rhizomes, tubers, seeds, warrens, nests, vaults, graves, landfills, nuclear weapons and waste, buried treasure. In this act of collection –underground elements, underground agents, underground movements, underground epistemologies – we hope to draw attention to the multiple ways in which things underground and the institutions that variously cultivate, harness and contain them, are constantly changing the terrain (literally and politically) on which we stand.

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Announcement: The 2015 Inspire Public Lecture Competition: Literature, Sustainability and Animal Lives. Deadline 31 Jan

Public Lecture Competition

Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and ASLE-UKI present :

The 2015 Inspire Public Lecture Competition: Literature, Sustainability and Animal Lives

Winning lecture to  be delivered at the 2015 Hay Festival, Hay on Wye

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Announcement: Student Bursary Winners, Reading Animals Conference, University of Sheffield

The Reading Animals conference team are pleased to announce the winners of our three student bursaries: the two ASLE-UKI bursaries along with the University of Lincoln bursary.

The winners of the ASLE-UKI bursaries are:

Shannon Lambert for the paper ‘“An Unbearable Sight”: Early Modern Bear-Baiting and Becoming-Animal’,


Anna West for the paper ‘Mrs Yeobright and the Adder: The Ethics of Encounter in Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native’.

The winner of the University of Lincoln bursary is:

Gerard Sargent for ‘“…not subject to a beast?”: Bestial Sovereignty and the Rejection of Exile in Timon of Athens’.

Congratulations to the winners and to all entrants for making this such a fierce competition.

CFP History and Climate Change, Birmingham, 8 Nov (call now closed)

University of Birmingham, Saturday 8th November 2014 (10:00-17:00)

History and Climate Change: What have we learnt? A Rescue! History day workshop

We are currently inviting 20-25 minute contributions from scholars, activists, policy-makers and members of the public to explore two related questions. Firstly, to think about how climate concern is forcing us to rethink our understandings of history, often in quite radical ways. Second, how history and historians should inform our understandings of climate change and actively contribute to changing society to ensure an ecologically wholesome future. We are particularly keen to explore how our historical understanding and rhetoric around climate change have changed in the last five years and how they might need to change in the future.

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CFP Reframing Disaster, 28-9 November, Leeds (call now closed)

Reframing Disaster 28–29 November 2014, University of Leeds
2014 is a significant year for commemorating and thinking through the legacies of major global catastrophes. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Bhopal Gas Disaster in India, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, and the 10th anniversary of the South Asian tsunami. While much attention is being paid to the centenary of World War I, we would like to counterpoint this by considering the politics of remembering, commemorating, and supporting long-term recovery in relation to a range of compound catastrophes that have deep colonial roots. Given that Bhopal, Rwanda, and the Tsunami have all generated significant media interest alongside diverse forms of creative response (from art to social activism), this conference will explore how these and other postcolonial disasters have been defined and represented following the initial event. It will examine the particular challenges posed by different forms of disaster (industrial, environmental, social), and connect these with aid and reconstruction work across multiple sectors.

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General call for proposals: ‘Environmental Cultures’ book series, Bloomsbury Academic

Call for Proposals

‘Environmental Cultures’ Series
Bloomsbury Academic

Environmental Cultures is a new series from Bloomsbury Academic (formerly Continuum) aiming to publish innovative work in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities.

Environmental crisis is simultaneously and inseparably material and cultural, destructive and revolutionary. Besides complicating and endangering relationships between humans and other beings, it transforms human identities, communities and nations in unpredictable ways. Old distinctions between nature and culture are being eroded; new values, genres and media are emerging that respond to the crisis with mourning, scepticism, dismay, resourcefulness or ironic resignation. Environmental Cultures reflects the belief that cultural criticism can help avert, resolve, mitigate or at least comprehend ecological problems. It will publish ambitious, innovative literary ecocriticism and interdisciplinary, transnational and pedagogical scholarship on both traditional and digital media. The series will encourage reflexive theoretical critique and searching exploration of anti-environmentalist cultural forms as well as sophisticated literary analysis. Cultures are unavoidably environmental, for good and ill. Environmental Cultures will show how.

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