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
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 latest issue from the journal Nineteenth-Century Contexts (41.1) is on “Poetics of Place”. Access to the editorial – “Anglo-, Franco- and Italophone Poetics of Place, 1819-2019” by Daniel Finch-Race is available free at https://doi.org/10.1080/08905495.2018.1545436
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
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
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.
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.
We have, arguably, entered the age of the Anthropocene, a time when our environment has been substantially shaped by humans rather than vice versa. This issue is an exciting opportunity to bring non-human lives into conversations about life writing. We welcome essays (6,000-8,000) from a wide range of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, sciences and creative arts. Cross-fertilisation of disciplines is also warmly welcomed. Further details HERE.
Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism 23(1): Environmental Humanities
Green Letters invites papers of up to 6000 words in length for a special issue, guest-edited by Prof Graham Huggan (University of Leeds) on the environmental humanities. Based on an informed cross-disciplinary approach to contemporary and historical environmental issues, environmental humanities is a rapidly growing field worldwide. The issue aims to include creative as well as critical work, and encourages individual, co-written and thematically clustered papers that reflect on the practical implications as well as theoretical foundations of environmental humanities work. Full details HERE.
Winning lecture to be delivered at the 2018 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 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