Bethany Wiggin and Laura Barbas-Rhoden: Conference Welcome

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“EMERGENCE/Y,” The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) 2021 virtual conference, will take place from July 26 – August 6, with a combination of asynchronous and synchronous events.

The twelve streams and featured talks and performances of this all-remote convening merge in shared explorations of how creators, writers, critics, activists, teachers, collectives—past and present—have made sense of ruptures and crises and made space for being, creating, disrupting, solidarity, and change. We will ask: What is the time and history of the crisis of now? While crisis, like emergency, appears in the short term, its emergence is much longer in the making. How can work by ecocritics and environmental humanists work across these disparate, even divergent timescales? We will explore: How is crisis emplaced? How does it make and remake place? How do the dislocations forced by crisis—of human and nonhuman populations—reshape place attachment? What does attachment to a refuge feel like?

Organizers remind us never to let a good crisis go unused. How might work in the environmental humanities and ecocriticism think with movement insights and energies to catapult beyond the now, so as to emerge in a more just and welcoming place?



  • Terrain.org reading, featuring Kim Stafford, Elizabeth Dodd, and José Angel Araguz, moderated by Terrain.org assistant poetry editor Anne Haven McDonnell on Monday, July 26, at 5pm PT/8pm ET (pre-register here)
  • “Writing & Wellbeing” workshop with Helen Sword on Tuesday, July 27 4-5:30pm ET (pre-register here)
  • “Learning Refugia” workshop with Marijke Hecht, Michelle King, and Shimira Williams of the #WalkingAloneandTogether project (pre-register here)
  • My Climate Story small group workshop sponsored by PPEH on Thursday, August 5 @2pm (Limit 24–currently full)
  • Author/publisher reception and social on Monday, August 2 from 4-5:30pm (pre-register here)
  • Mentoring Sessions on topics such as publishing and applying for jobs and fellowships (for Speed Mentoring, pre-register here)
  • Diversity Meeting on various topics of interest to BIPOC scholars, on Wednesday, July 28 from 12-1:30pm (pre-register here)

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