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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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Environmental Humanities Book Chat Series

Environmental Humanities Book Chat one: Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

Streamed live on 19 November 2013. Available to view HERE

In the inaugural edition of the Environmental Humanities Book Chat, Stefania Barca (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal) and Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia, Okanagan) discuss Rob Nixon’s  Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor.

Slow Violence and Environmentalism of the Poor was published by Harvard University Press in 2011. For more information please visit HERE


Environmental Humanities Book Chat two:  Arming Mother Nature

Streamed live on 30 April 2014. Available to view HERE

In this 2nd edition of the Environmental Humanities Book Chat, we discuss Jacob Darwin Hamblin’s Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism (2013). Dave Kinkela (SUNY Fredonia) and Robert Marzec (Purdue University) discuss the book with moderator Dolly Jørgensen (Umeå University).

Arming Mother Nature was published by Oxford University Press in 2013. See the publisher’s website for more details.

New book series: Place, Memory, Affect

Place, Memory, Affect

Place, Memory, Affect is a new interdisciplinary series interested in proposals that seek to extend and deepen debates around the intersections of place, memory, and affect in innovative and challenging ways. Above all, through such indicative explorations, we wish the series to forge an agenda for new approaches to the edgy relations of people and place within the transnational global cultures of the twenty-first century and beyond.

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View the winning lecture in the 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability competition

“Reading With the Grain: Sustainability and the Literary Imagination” by Dr Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Professor Richard Marggraf Turley, and Professor Howard Thomas.

ASLE-UKI recently teamed up with INSPIRE (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with two events, the first being a symposium on literature and sustainability, held at Lampeter in March, and the second being a public lecture competition. For more details on both events please see the ‘Conferences and CFP’ page on the ASLE-UKI website.

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ASLE-UKI Worcester Conference

The ‘Composting Culture’ conference organized by John Parham was a great success. Keynote speakers included Jed Rasula, Thierry Bardini and Molly Scott Cato of the Green Party, and members attended the Routledge relaunch of ‘Green Letters’.