Seminars

Starting in 2021, ASLE-UKI organises a regular online seminar series.

This page provides information about our upcoming seminars as well as an archive of previous seminar topics. We welcome ideas for future seminars. If you would be interested in organising a seminar, please get in touch.

Our seminars are free to attend, but there are some costs involved in their organisation. If you enjoyed the seminar, please do consider making a small donation to help cover our costs.


Next Seminar
Thursday 27 May 2021

Blue Extinction: Biodiversity Loss in Aquatic Environments

Convenor: Vera Fibisan (University of Sheffield)
Date and Time: Thursday 27 May 2021, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
How to Take Part: please register to attend via Eventbrite.

Morning panel, 10.00 am BST (Moderator: Vera Fibisan)

Dr Killian Quigley (The University of Sydney) – ‘The Incredible Refuse of the Sea’: Cemetery Ecologies of the Ocean Floor
Dr Tom Bristow (James Cook University) – ‘nothing but the start of terror’
Dr Maria Beger (University of Leeds) – Title TBC

Afternoon panel, 2.00 pm BST (Moderator: Dr Rachel Murray)

Prof Steve Mentz (St. John’s University) – ‘We Will All Be Marine Mammals Soon’: Oceanic Dislocation and Extinction from Shakespeare to the Left-to-Die Boat
Prof Dolly Jørgensen (University of Stavanger) – ‘Extinction remains: Museum collection practices and the hunt for Caribbean monk seals’
Dr Tom Webb (The University of Sheffield) – ‘Extinction in the sea: what do we know, and what can we expect?’

Registration is free but please register in advance. Register Now.


Forthcoming Seminar

Early Modern Ecologies: Green Heritage

Convenors: Todd Borlik and Rosie Paice
Date and Time: Saturday 19 June 2021, 3pm BST
How to Take Part: to be confirmed

The third ASLE-UKI Online Seminar offers four talks on early modern literature and the environment. We welcome those who can join us for all or part of this seminar.

Part 1

3.05 Bonnie Lander Johnson, ‘Trees and iconoclast controversy in Shakespeare and the early modern ballad tradition’
3.25 Jennifer Munroe, ‘Colonial Botany, Knowledge-Making, and Environmental Justice: Mary Somerset’s “innocent diversion of gardening”’

5-minute Break

Part 2

3.50 Claire Eager, ‘Kenilworth and Kilcolman: Spenser’s Landscape Architectures’
4.10 Rosie Paice, ‘Eden versus the Pratolino: Lost Gardens in Life and Art’

4.30 Q & A

Registration is free but please register in advance. Register Now.


Planned Future Seminars

Sites of Exclosure
Convenor: Hugh Dunkerley
Confirmed Speakers: Mark Ranger
Date: September 2021

Creative/Critical Practice
Convenor: Richard Kerridge
Confirmed Speakers:
Date: October 2021

Agriculture and Environment
Convenor: Pippa Marland
Confirmed Speakers: a farmer, a poet, and an agricultural conservationist
Date: November 2021

The Eighteenth-Century Environment
Convenor: Brycchan Carey
Confirmed Speakers:

Date: December 2021


Previous Seminars

‘In Vitro Meat: Ethics and Culture’ (1 February 2021)
An afternoon of talks supported by ASLE-UKI in association with the Sheffield Animal Research Centre (ShARC). Participants: Joshua Bulleid (Monash University), Nora Castle (University of Warwick), Josh Milburn (University of Sheffield), John Miller (University of Sheffield), Alexandra Sexton (University of Sheffield), Neil Stephens (Brunel University London).