Thank You

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s ASLE Conference!

Because the conference is now officially over, we have disabled comments on the individual stream panels and new registrations. The conference site itself will remain up for the time being for archival purposes, with registrant login required to view panel presentations. Please note that some presentations will no longer be available.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 ASLE Graduate Student Paper Awards:

  • Tori Bush, Louisiana State University, “Eco-Orientalism: Constructing Climate Migration on Isle de Jean Charles”
  • Esthie Hugo, University of Warwick, “A Violence Just Below the Skin: Racial Ecologies and Atmospheric Toxicity from West Africa”
  • Emery Jenson, University of Wisconsin – Madison, “Blood Like Dew: Ecosemiotics and Interpretation in The Confessions of Nat Turner”

A PDF of all ASLE 2021 Abstracts by Stream is available to download.


The public may now view recordings of the following events:

My Climate Stories Workshop

Learning Refugia Workshop

Aimee Nezhukumatathil Keynote: “Why Wonder, Why Now: The Need for Astonishment from Diverse Voices”

Environmental Kin Studies Keynote, plus Q&A with speakers Zoe Todd and AM Kanngieser

Mapping Migraciones Keynote

Brionté McCorkle Keynote

Terrain.org Reading featuring Kim Stafford, Elizabeth Dodd, and José Angel Araguz

Resilience and Representation: A Roundtable of Teaching Scholars off the Tenure Track


“EMERGENCE/Y,” The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) 2021 virtual conference, took 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?

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

FEATURED EVENTS:

  • 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
  • “Writing & Wellbeing” workshop with Helen Sword on Tuesday, July 27 4-5:30pm ET
  • “Learning Refugia” workshop with Marijke Hecht, Michelle King, and Shimira Williams of the #WalkingAloneandTogether project
  • My Climate Story small group workshop sponsored by PPEH on Thursday, August 5 @2pm
  • Author/publisher reception and social on Monday, August 2 from 4-5:30pm
  • Mentoring Sessions on topics such as publishing and applying for jobs and fellowships
  • Diversity Meeting on various topics of interest to BIPOC scholars, on Wednesday, July 28 from 12-1:30pm

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