Call for Entries: The 2020 ASLE-UKI/INSPIRE Public Lecture on Literature and Sustainability at the Hay Festival. Deadline for entries 28 February 2020.

The competition for the 2020 ASLE-UKI/INSPIRE Public Lecture on Literature and Sustainability at the Hay Festival is now open. The winning lecture will be delivered at the 2020 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 28 May 2020

Sustainability is a matter of culture as much as 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.

Entrants should submit the text of a half-hour public lecture appropriate for a broad public audience which may include school children, interested lay-people, activists, literary critics, and sustainability practitioners. Lectures should be lively and accessible, avoid academic jargon or complex theorisation, and should aim to be both thought-provoking and entertaining. Unrevised academic papers will not be considered.

The competition is jointly organised by the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David (www.uwtsd.ac.uk/inspire), and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI; www.asle.org.uk).

The winner of the competition will be invited to deliver her/his submission as ‘The 2020 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability’ at the 2020 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 21–31 May 2020). The lecture will take place on Thursday 28 May and is followed by a public discussion between the competition winner and Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability, and Brycchan Carey, Vice-President of ASLE-UKI. ASLE-UKI will pay one night’s accommodation and reasonable travel expenses to Hay within the UK.

Entry to the competition is free. Only one entry per person is permitted. Please submit the text of your lecture, any accompanying power point presentation, and include a brief (50 words) biography as well as your contact details.

Entries should be submitted by email to the Competition Chair and Vice-President of ASLE-UKI, Professor Brycchan Carey: brycchan.carey@northumbria.ac.uk

The closing date for entries is Friday 28 February 2020.

CFP: ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Conference 2020, University of Sheffield, 4-6 September 2020. Proposal deadline 31 March 2020

The biennial ASLE-UKI Postgraduate Conference 2020 will take place at the University of Sheffield from the 2nd-4th of September 2020. The theme is ‘Out of the Blue’. Proposals are invited for presentations and panels from postgraduate and early-career researchers working in the field of environmental humanities and related areas. The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2020. For more details, download the full ASLE-UKI 2020 CFP

CFP: STREAMS – Transformative Environmental Humanities, Stockholm, 5-8 August 2020. Proposal deadline 15 Oct /30 Nov 2019

The KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory invites ASLE-UKI members to participate in the upcoming conference STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities in Stockholm 5–8 August 2020. You can submit various contributions, e.g. proposals for streams or films, individual papers, panels, debates, experimental sessions, and artistic interventions.
Deadline for streams or films: 15 October 2019
Deadline for individual papers, panels, debates, experimental sessions, and artistic interventions: 30 November 2019
Details at:  https://www.kth.se/en/abe/inst/philhist/historia/ehl/ehl-events/shaping-the-environm/the-call-1.910679

CFP: Flows – Environmental History Workshop, 13 Sept 2019, Northumbria Univ., Newcastle. Proposals due 18 March.

The world around us today is shaped by a multitude of flows. Flows know no nation and create a transnational world. The way in which humans, animals, money, commodities, and natural resources have moved around our landscapes, and the way in which these movements have been managed, has left its mark on today’s world. This one day event hosted by Northumbria University will bring together academics, early career researchers and PhD students for the Second Annual Environmental History Workshop, which aims to continue the work begun at the 2018 inaugural workshop, providing space and stimulus for dialogue between UK-based environmental historians. Full details HERE

CFP: Reworking Georgic, Univ. of Leeds, 9-10 Sept 2019. Proposals due 30 April 2019

The influence and spirit of ‘georgic’ can be seen across western art and culture – writers and artists have the mode to explore a broad range of significant themes, including nationhood and empire, industry, the experience of war, the cultivation of the self, and humans’ relationships with the natural world. The importance and richness of georgic as a genre or mode is increasingly recognised by researchers, but it is difficult to define something that has been reworked in so many ways: does georgic have to be didactic? does it have to be about labour, about nature, about agriculture? how is it different from pastoral? This conference will bring together researchers working across periods and disciplines to analyse how and why georgic has been worked and reworked so extensively, and to develop and celebrate this growing field of study. Full details HERE

The 2019 ASLE/INSPIRE Lecture Competition – CALL FOR ENTRIES

THE 2019 ASLE/INSPIRE PUBLIC LECTURE on LITERATURE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Winning lecture to be delivered at the 2019 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, May-June 2019

Sustainability is a matter of culture 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.

Entrants should submit the text of a half-hour public lecture which is appropriate for a broad public audience which may include school children, interested lay-people, activists, literary critics, or sustainability practitioners. The winner of the competition will be invited to deliver her/his submission as ‘The 2019 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability’ at the 2019 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 23 May – 2 June 2019). The lecture will be followed by a public discussion between the competition winner and Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability, and Brycchan Carey, Chair of ASLE-UKI. Full details HERE

CFP: ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference, Univ. of Plymouth, 4-6 September 2019. Proposal deadline 1 April 2019.

The University of Plymouth is delighted to be hosting the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK and Ireland.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

  • Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia)
  • David Higgins (University of Leeds)
  • Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey)
  • Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University)

While proposals on all and any aspects and periods of environmental literature are welcome, this year’s theme is ‘Co-emergence, Co-creation, Co-existence’. We invite proposals for individual (20-minute) papers, or pre-formed panels (90 minutes) which may comprise traditional panels of 3 or 4 papers, roundtables or paper jams with 6 or more speakers, or other innovative formats. We welcome proposals for creative contributions or creative-critical dialogues. The deadline for proposals is April 1st 2019. More details HERE

 

CFP: ASLE (US) Biennial Conference, University of California Davis, 26-30 June 2019. Proposal deadline now passed.

If as Rebecca Solnit contends, “paradise arises in hell,” when democratic communities are built from the ground up during times of disaster that leave us “free to live and act another way,” what might life in catastrophic times entail for the environmental humanities? How should we write, teach, protest, live, and act during this era when “paradise” is on fire, figuratively and literally? The Biennial ASLE Conference “Paradise on Fire” explores the connections among storytelling, real and imagined landscapes, future-making, activism, environed spaces, differential exclusions, long histories, and the disaster-prone terrains of the Anthropocene. Plenary addresses will be given by Ursula Heise, Cherríe Moraga, Melissa K. Nelson, and Nnedi Okorafor. Full details HERE.

INSPIRE Lecture Winner Announced – Congratulations Helen Moore

We are delighted to announce that award-winning ecopoet Helen Moore will present her work entitled Is Love the Answer? Personal and Planetary Wellbeing through the Lens of Poetry at this year’s Hay Festival on May 31.

Helen is the winner of the annual Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) Lecture, organised by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, UK & Ireland (ASLE-UKI). Helen is an award-winning poet based in Scotland. She has published two poetry collections. Her debut volume, Hedge Fund, and Other Living Margins (Shearsman Books, 2012), persuades us, in the words to Sean Borodale, ‘that poetry can drive a vital empathy into the fabric of a fragile bio-sphere’. A third collection, The Mother Country, is due in 2019. Helen has collaborated on a range of ecologically oriented projects, and in July 2016 completed a 21 month long residency with ‘Last Tree Dreaming’, a Heritage Lottery funded community project raising awareness of the heritage and future of Selwood Forest in Somerset. Further details can be found on her personal website HERE

The lecture will be followed by a public discussion between Helen, Dr Jane Davidson, UWTSD Pro Vice-Chancellor for Sustainability and Engagement, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability, and Professor Brycchan Carey, Chair of ASLE-UKI. Further information HERE.