ASLE-UKI Online Seminar Series.

ASLE-UKI starting running regular online seminars in February 2021 as a response to the global pandemic. These have been very popular and we intend to continue running them into the future. This page provides information about our upcoming seminars as well as an archive of previous seminar topics. Seminars are normally held in January, March, May, and November and are open to all, although advance registration is usually required.

We welcome ideas for future seminars. If you would be interested in organising a seminar, or for any other queries, please contact the seminar series coordinator, Dr Todd Borlik.

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
15 May 2024, 2:00-3:30pm GMT

Literature and Climate Trauma

Date and Time: 15 May 2024, 2:00-3:30pm GMT

How to Take Part: Register via Eventbrite.

In this seminar, Dr Matthias Stephan (Aarhus University, Denmark), Sarah K. Jackson (author of Not Alone) and Ray Davenport (Plymouth University, UK) will present research on literary representations of climate trauma.

Matthias will present on climate anxiety and the life loss associated with climate trauma in Alexandra Kleeman’s Something New Under the Sun and Sequoia Nagamatsu’s How High We Go in the Dark. Sarah will reflect on her writing process and read an excerpt from her debut novel Not Alone. Ray will examine the overlapping boundaries between climate trauma and ecological grief within Jessie Greengrass’ The High House and Kate Sawyer’s The Stranding.

Lastly, there will be a short Q&A where audience members are encouraged to ask questions.

Register now to secure your spot!

Confirmed speakers:

Ray Davenport (Plymouth University, UK)

Mattias Stephan (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Sarah K. Jackson (Writer)

Future Seminars

Creative and Critical Practice
Convenor: Richard Kerridge
Confirmed Speakers:
Date: TBC

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

If you would be interested in organising an ASLE-UKI Online Seminar, please contact the seminar series coordinator, Dr Todd Borlik.

Previous Seminars

Ice Ecocriticism (6 March 2024)

Convened by Vera Fibisan and David Tierney with contributions from Daniel Abdalla, Sarah Hymas, and Svenja Engelmann-Kewitz.

Petro-Noir (7 December 2023)

Convened by Ruth Hawthorne with contributions from Sharae Deckard, Nathan Ashman, and Ruth Hawthorn.

Cute Ecologies (7 November 2023)

Convened by Hannah Boast with contributions from Joshua Paul Dale, Isabel Galleymore, and Caroline Harris.

Global South Ecologies (2 June 2023)

Convened by Ana Victoria Mazza with contributions from Lenka Filipova, Mònica Tomàs, Saba Pirzadeh, and Ana Victoria Mazza.

Victorian Ecologies (26 March 2022)

Discussed ecocritical approaches to Victorians and their relationship to the world around them. Convened by Sophia Jochem with contributions from Mary Bowden, Megan Kuster, Francesca Mackenney, and Joan Passey.

Environmental Displacement (17 March 2022)

Papers discussed the meaning of displacement in a warming world. Convened by Jasmin Kirkbride, Demi Wilton, and Vera Fibsian with contributions from Jos Smith, Charne Lavery, and Giovanni Bettini.

Farming, Literature, and Environment (18 November 2021)

Talks on framing, rewilding, and writing, convened by Pippa Marland with contributions from Ewan Allinson, Terry Gifford, Patrick Laurie, Lynn Cassells, and Sophie Yeo.

Early Modern Ecologies: Green Heritage (19 June 2021)

Ecocritical approaches to Shakespeare, Spencer, Milton, and others, convened by Todd Borlik and Rosie Paice with contributions from Claire Eager, Bonnie Lander Johnson, Jennifer Munroe, and Rosie Paice.

Blue Extinction: Biodiversity Loss in Aquatic Environments (27 May 2021)

A day of talks convened by Vera Fibisan at the University of Sheffield. Participants: Killian Quigley (The University of Sydney), Tom Bristow (James Cook University), Maria Beger (University of Leeds), Steve Mentz (St. John’s University), Dolly Jørgensen (University of Stavanger), Dr Tom Webb (The University of Sheffield).

‘In Vitro Meat: Ethics and Culture’ (1 February 2021)

An afternoon of talks convened by 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).