The Fifth Biennial Conference of The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ) – and an Environmental Humanities collaboratory with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, and Minding Animals International
Dates: 19-21 June 2014
Venue: Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, Canberra
Convenor: Dr Tom Bristow, Visiting Fellow, HRC
Perceptions, values and representations of our relationship with the physical environment have been read anew in the Anthropocene century through the lens of ecocriticism and affect theory. At present we are witnessing a turn in ecocritical theory to the relevance of empathy, sympathy and concordance, and how these move across flora and fauna; yet ecocriticism has not thoroughly considered whether human and non-human affect are reducible to a theory of the emotions. This conference seeks to refine the turn while articulating the contemporary expansion of the analysis of the humanities.
Invited speakers include Philip Armstrong, Eileen Joy, Tom Griffiths, Michael Marder, John Plotz, Ariel Salleh, Will Steffen and Gillen D’Arcy Wood.
Preliminary schedule is available here and panel details here
Areas for consideration include:
Archives, encyclopaedias and images of the natural world
Colonialism: pre-histories and the present
Cultural studies: art, dance, film, literature, music, new media, photography, theatre
Ecocriticism and Critical Animal Studies: theory and practice of empathy
Emotions and the environment: learned feelings and historical variability
Environmental history: from the Middle Ages to the present
Green pedagogy: agency, senses and the lifeworld
Open to others: more-than-human worlds in non-western spaces
Seeds and seed banks
Studio based inquiry in one of the following fields: (i) climate change; (ii) botany; (iii) fauna – either extinction or migration
Selected conference papers will be published in Animal Studies Journal, and Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology.
UNE Colloquium on Seed Banks and Cultural Interests in Seeds, convened by the Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law (UNE), will be held on June 21. Further information about the colloquim is available here.
Online registration available here.
This conference immediately follows the workshop:
Artists and Writers in Critical Dialogue with Nature and Ecosystems
Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, June 17-18 2014
ASLEC-ANZ membership comprises writers, artists, cinematographers, and musicians as well as academics working in and across several areas of the Environmental/Ecological Humanities, including ecocritical literary and cultural studies, environmental history and the history of science, anthropology and ecophilosophy.