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
26 May 2022

Victorian Ecologies

Convenor: Sophia Jochem
Date and Time: 26 May 2022, 5.00 pm
How to Take Part: Register via

Join us on 26 May 2022, 17:00 BST, for a free online ASLE UKI seminar on ecocritical approaches to Victorians and their relationship to the world around them.

Confirmed Speakers and Titles:

  • Mary Bowden (University of Delaware)
  • Megan Kuster (University College Dublin)
  • Francesca Mackenney (University of Leeds)
  • Joan Passey (University of Bristol)

Please register online via Registration is free but please register in advance. If you enjoyed the seminar, please do consider making a small donation to help cover costs.

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

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).