October 2019 ASLEC-ANZ News
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ASLEC-ANZ NEWS ~ October 2019
A Note from the President

Dear ASLEC-ANZians,

Greetings to you all as we reach the close of October. Below are a few items of note:



A reminder that our upcoming AGM will be on Friday 29th November from 1-2.30pm AEDST and we would love to see you there. You can join us either via zoom (on the 29th, click on this link - https://latrobe.zoom.us/j/658265636 - and if you haven't used zoom on your device before you'll be prompted to download the app and go from there), or in person at room 1.2.12, Robert Burns Building, Albany Street, University of Otago, Dunedin. If you have any items you'd like to add to the agenda, please email them to me (a.harley@latrobe.edu.au) by the 15th November. And a reminder that we're still looking for a postgraduate representative: if you're keen or interested, get in touch!


Stay tuned for membership renewal 

Alanna Myers (of many talents) has established a PayPal payment option for your ASLEC-ANZ membership. This is now live on the website for anyone anywhere in the world to use, from the ‘Join Us’ page: https://aslecanz.org.au/join-us/. Keep an eye out for an email from Alanna over the next month or so: she'll be sending out renewal reminders to everyone whose membership is due.


And in other news ...

I'll be heading off for a couple of months parental leave from mid-December (if a certain baby has read the calendar aright). Jennifer Hamilton, our Australian VP, will be taking over presidenting for a couple of months, with support from the brilliant exec team. Thanks to all of them, and Jen especially, for the space to work on this non-traditional research outcome :-). 


Very best wishes to all of you,

Alexis Harley

ASLEC-ANZ President

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Symposium - In the Making: On Poetry and Poetics

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9.30am to 4pm

Submission close: 11th November 2019

University of New England, Armidale, NSW
E011 A3 Arts Lecture Theatre 3

Keynote Speakers
Warwick Mules (Southern Cross University)
Jessica White (University of Queensland)

This symposium will explore the basis of poetry and poetics in poiesis, or making. What does poetry make happen in the world? What does poetry disclose about ourselves and our relations to others? What sorts of poetic interventions are particularly urgent in the context of global climate crisis?

We welcome papers of 15 minutes on any aspect of poetry and poetics inclusive of all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. In addition to traditional presentation formats, we encourage non-traditional, experimental and practice-led/-based approaches integrating, for example, performance, reading, demonstration, image-text dialogue, work-in-progress and audience interaction. There will be five minutes for questions following each presentation.

We invite abstracts on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • poetry, philosophy and theory
  • poetry, language and consciousness
  • poetry, poiesis and phenomena
  • poetry, science and empiricism
  • poetry, emotion and affect
  • embodied, sensory and visceral poetics
  • Indigenous poetics and ethnopoetics
  • feminist, postcolonial and decolonial poetics
  • the intersections of poetry, art, film, photography and performance
  • comparative studies of poetic traditions including Eastern and Western
  • practice-based/-led approaches, collaboration and experimentalism
  • publishing, marketing, co-authoring, editing, translating and archiving poetry
  • digital, online and social media-based poetry
  • ecopoetics, zoopoetics, phytopoetics and interspecies poetics
  • social justice and environmental activism through/as poetry
  • Anthropocene, Symbiocene and/or Chthulucene poetics
  • poetry, sustainability and climate futures
  • urban, regional, place-based and translocal poetics
  • the poeticisation of everyday life and ordinary lives
  • pedagogies: teaching poetry in the academy or community
  • stories from the field: surviving as a poet or poetry scholar in this day and age

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a 100-word bio statement for each presenter to John C. Ryan and Julie Hawkins no later than 5pm AEST Friday 11 November 2019.

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The Transparency Project:
Everyday Products, Consumer Knowledge and Environmental Impacts

Adelaide, 20-21 February 2020

Deadline for contributions: 31st October 2019

Hosted by China Australia Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of South Australia, this one day and a half seminar and linked publication will be focused on the problem of opacity, or a lack of transparency and traceability in everyday products in today’s global economy.

Consumers today have very little reliable information about the environmental impacts of the products and services that dominate their lives. From cars and phones to furniture, appliances and packaged foods, most products and services are understood and compared in terms of advertised claims which can be misleading. There is growing evidence to suggest that when consumers are made aware of an environmental problem (as evidenced by research following the ABC’s War on Waste TV series), they are more likely to accept pro-environmental regulatory change (such as bans on plastic bags).

Given recent rapid advancements in material and energy assessment, sensing and communication technologies, there are few reasons why environmental impact information cannot be presented to consumers and other actors in the market in a more accessible format. Policy makers, designers, producers, retailers and waste managers could also benefit from access to this information.

This seminar and related book project aim to explore how we might be able to establish higher standards of transparency and traceability in everyday consumption, and how this might be used to support a transition to more ‘sustainable production and consumption’ (SDG12).  Policy and regulation, business and economic development, design and production, and waste management services could all benefit from reducing the global economy’s present environmental opacity.

Multidisciplinary in focus, the seminar’s organisers invite presentations on three themes:

  1. Case Studies profiling the impacts of products and services in everyday use, clarifying ways of measuring their impacts in a more accessible manner.
  2. Communicating environmental impacts more effectively to non-specialists, through labelling, app-based systems, sensing, and other assessment systems.
  3. Policy and regulation transitions towards ‘responsible production and consumption’ (SDG 12), with a particular focus on greater transparency and traceability.

Abstracts (up to 200 words) should be sent to Dr Robert Crocker by 31 October 2019, for consideration by the seminar’s organising committee. Once abstracts have been accepted, a full 5000 word paper can be submitted for consideration for a related book by December 16, 2019.

All queries should be addressed to the coordinators, Robert.Crocker@unisa.edu.au or Martin.Shanahan@unisa.edu.au

More details on the seminar and publication project can be found at www.unmakingwaste.org



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Composting Feminisms #43:


The Composing Feminism and Environmental Humanities reading group will meet via Zoom on 10am-11.30am (AEDST, GMT +11) Wednesday 13th November.

To join the group, click here: https://une-au.zoom.us/j/580608731


For more information about Composting Feminisms go to

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Melbourne Environmental Humanities Soiree


All welcome to the Melbourne Environmental Humanities Soiree, for informal chat about your research and makings.
Thursday 21st November from 6pm
Father's Office, first floor cnr Lt. Lonsdale and Swanston Sts.

HumanNature Series: Armoured histories – Radical Remembering for the Anthropocene

Andrea Gaynor (University of Western Australia) holds the past to account as she proposes 'radical remembering' to actively confront the challenges of the Anthropocene.

Date: 12 November, 6-7.30pm
Location: Anzac Memorial Auditorium, Hyde Park south. Enter via main entrance on Liverpool Street.

At the World Economic Forum meeting in January 2019, 16 year old climate activist Greta Thunberg told the wealthy and influential people assembled that she didn’t want their hope; she wanted them "to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is".

In the face of climate change – one unprecedented predicament of the Anthropocene – Andrea Gaynor’s acts of "radical remembering" call for the recognition that so-called environmental problems are actually social and cultural problems. We need "armoured histories", she argues, that hold wrongdoers to account, provide ethical blueprints for leaders and make untenable further violations against the environment and its human inhabitants.

The Anthropocene is a proposed epoch dating from the commencement of human domination over the earth system. Its history, as we have been taught it, has been written by the victors of war, the captains of industry, the successful colonisers. We need to review its history, argues Gaynor, and activate that knowledge to navigate both our environmental and social dilemmas.

Andrea Gaynor is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Discipline Group at the University of Western Australia. A 2019 National Library of Australia Fellow, Gaynor is Director of the Centre for Western Australian History, convenor of the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network and a member of The Beeliar Group: Professors for Environmental Responsibility. Gaynor’s research, which seeks to harness the contextualising and narrative power of history to address real-world problems, is currently engaged in histories of water in Australian urbanisation, nature in Australian urban modernity and landcare in Western Australia. She has worked with diverse organisations including the Western Australian Department of Parks & Wildlife, Western Power and WWF-Australia, and is the co-author of an environmental history of Australia’s Mallee country (2019) and co-editor of Reclaiming the Urban Commons: The past, present and future of food growing in Australian towns and cities (2018).


For more information and bookings, click here.

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ASLEC-ANZ member Barbara Holloway has published 'Writing on the Wind, Looking at the Local,' in Westerly 64.1 2019, pp. 92–99. Congrats, Barbara!


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Newsletter Tidbits

If you have any news, morsels, publications or info on things ecological and ecocritical, please send them to me for posting in future newsletters.

Jessica White
Editor, ASLEC-ANZ Newsletter


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