May 2017 ASLEC-ANZ News
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Welcome to our May newsletter, with lots of updates on conferences, events and exhibitions happening around Australia and the world. Remember to keep the calls for papers, recent work and other news coming (it would be particularly great to have some more news from our NZ colleagues!).
Meet the Committee

Each month we profile one of the ASLEC-ANZ Executive Committee members. This month we introduce Andrew Denton, ASLEC-ANZ Vice President (New Zealand).

Andrew Denton - I am a film artist who works with digital, analogue, 360-degree cinema, and interactive time-based media, with a focus on the topic of ecological crisis. My doctoral research, Cinematic Affect in a Time of Ecological Emergency, was situated within a moving image practice that applies methods aligned with essayist cinema and video installation, as well as historical avant-garde film. The project worked from the position that another tactic for progressing discourses around anthropogenic climate and geological change might be poetic or affective modes that are often present in the aforementioned moving image practices. The research produced Crude (2016), an essayist film that attempts to see and hear some of the elusive signs of anthropogenic climate change in order to make what is invisible, visible, to evoke contemplations on the subject of ecological crisis, through affective cinematic devices. I lecture on practice-based/led research methods, and supervise PhD and Masters projects at Auckland University of Technology.
"Out of Time"

Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)
Arizona State University, USA
9-12 November 2017

Abstract submissions close 15 May 2017

SLSA 2017 welcomes paper/panel submissions on the conference theme, "Out of Time" and related topics. Some of the areas related to the conference theme include:
  • Nonhuman temporalities
  • Species extinction
  • Life after humans
  • Slow time
  • The long now
  • Time and computing
  • Digital temporalities
  • Bio-political time
  • Time and capital
More information
H2O: Life and Death

J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide
15-16 September 2017

Abstract submissions close 16 May

As we increasingly pollute, canalise and desalinate waters, the ambiguous nature of our relationship with these entities becomes visible. From the paradisiac and pristine scenery of holiday postcards through to the devastated landscapes of post-tsunami news reports, images of waters surround us. And while we continue to damage what most sustains us, collective precarity grows. It is therefore unsurprising that shifting our understanding, and subsequent use, of water has been described as one of the biggest—and most pressing—challenges of our time.

This conference asks: How can we explore and re-make what waters mean to us?

For full details, download the Call for Submissions.

Submitted by Camille Roulière,

Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago – Chile
15-18 November 2017

Paper and audiovisual submissions close 26 May 2017

Conference themes:
  • Socio territorial conflicts & ecologies of social cohesion
  • Anthropocene ecologies
  • Energy ecologies & infrastructures in everyday life
  • Ecologies of urbanism
  • Decolonial ecological politics & Post-capitalist ecologies
  • Ecological imaginaries, experimentation & design ecologies
Knowledge/Culture/Ecologies (KCE2017) is the 4th conference in the Knowledge/Culture series, a sequence of international conferences created by the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University.

For full submission details, please visit the conference website:
Arts in the Environment - Nordic Symposium

31 August - 2 September 2017
Various venus across Helsinki, Finland

Abstract submissions and artwork proposals close 31 May 2017

This symposium invites environmental artists, scientists, thinkers and the public to participate and discuss the most current environmental topics. The symposium program will combine keynote talks and discussions, video art evenings, workshops, environmental art works and performances to engage with current developments of environmental art and sciences.

More information

Fish, Oceanic Space and the Politics of Caring

The University of Sydney
11-13 December 2017

Abstract submissions close 14 July 2017

Sustaining the Seas is an exciting and experimental refereed international conference that will bring together academics of many disciplines, practitioners, urban planners, artists and writers to consider over three days the challenges of how to care better for the oceans, fish and marine ecological systems.

More information
Ocean Imaginaries 

5 May - 1 July 2017
RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street

Curated by immediate past ASLEC-ANZ President Linda Williams and featuring works by ASLEC-ANZ members Debbie Symons, Dominic Redfern and Josh Wodak, this exhibition is part of Climarte's Art + Climate = Change 2017. Artist's talks are happening on 11 & 12 May. See the flyer or website for details.
Hacking the Anthropocene II: Weathering

9.00AM - 6.00PM, Friday 26 May 2017
Law School Foyer, University of Sydney

The Anthropocene names a new geological epoch where “Man” is a determining cause of planetary systems change. But who and what is missing from this headline of “humans destroying the planet”?

The Hacking the Anthropocene II: Weathering symposium will include spotlight talks and performances by Professor Stephanie LeMenager (U of Oregon), Associate Prof Tess Lea (University of Sydney), Dr Denis Byrne (Senior Research Associate, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University), Victoria Hunt (Bodyweathering), and approximately 12 propositions by scholars, artists, and other hackers.

See the website for more information about the symposium and related events happening in May.
Public Talk: Climate Change and the Quest for Transformative Fictions

Keynote: Professor Stephanie LeMenager, University of Oregon
Respondent: Professor Christopher Wright, University of Sydney Business School

4.00 - 5.30PM, Tuesday 30 May 2017
Law School Foyer, Eastern Ave, University of Sydney

Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s discussion of climate change culture begins in the struggle to create transformative fictions, by which she means the struggle to find new stories and states of feeling, new patterns of expectation and means of living with an unprecedented set of limiting conditions. More broadly, this talk addresses the ways in which Cli Fi aspires to envision a climate change culture for readers who are in some cases losing their sense of what it means to be human, to strive for a common good, and to love.

More information
Art + Climate = Change 2017

For those in Victoria, be sure to check out Climarte's 2017 program Art + Climate = Change 2017.

It features a wide program of events and exhibitions across Melbourne and regional Victoria that harness the creative powers of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change.
Environmental Humanities monthly meetings in Melbourne

This cross-institutional group meets each month to share research interests and ideas across the broad interdisciplinary scope of the Environmental Humanities. 

We meet on the third Friday of the month at the Alderman (upstairs), 134 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.

We warmly invite all interested ASLEC-ANZ members to attend our next meeting, scheduled for Friday 19 May at 5.00pm.

Alanna Myers will present on the politics of place in environmental communication, with reference to the James Price Point 'No Gas' campaign.

For enquiries or to RSVP, please contact the convenors:
  • Rod Giblett,
  • Alanna Myers,
Planetary Futures Summer School

Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
1-13 August 2017

Call for Applications Deadline 10 May 2017

This workshop will bring together the disciplines of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences to collectively investigate the question of how we shall inhabit the world in the face of the current ecological crisis and to rethink concepts and practices of environment, ecology, difference, and technology to envision, and create, a more just, sustainable, and diverse planet.

The course will include field visits to extraction sites, energy infrastructures, earth science installations, and speculative architecture and design projects. It is open to international MA and PhD students.

More information

That's it for now. Wishing you all a peaceful and productive May.

Alanna Myers
Editor, ASLEC-ANZ News
Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture,
Australia New Zealand
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