December 2018 ASLEC-ANZ News
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ASLEC-ANZ NEWS ~ December 2018
Wishing all our members a very happy holidays!

Thank you to those of you who joined us for the AGM on Monday. We look forward to seeing many more of you at the conference in Armidale in February, where we will also hold an extraordinary AGM. 

Also a reminder that early bird registrations for the conference close on 24 December! Register here.

With best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season,
The 2017-18 Executive Committee
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Grounding Story
ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference

13-15 February 2019
University of New England, Armidale, NSW

Early Bird registrations close 24 December - register here

Grounding Story is a meeting of scholars, artists, writers and activists who critically explore the relationship between storytelling – across literary, non-fiction, visual and performative forms – and environmental change.

The conference will explore how the stuff of the world weaves itself into story, and how story can materially transform the world. It also asks: what do we want these stories to do?

Overall, the presentations will critique the notion that storytelling is inherently good or useful and, at the same time, seek to affirm its vital role in movements for social and environmental change.

More information

Laws & the Humanities in the 'Anthropocene' Reading Group

A new interdisciplinary reading group on Laws and the Humanities in the 'Anthropocene' is starting in Melbourne in 2019. One of the purposes of the group is to begin to think more collaboratively about the political and juridical force of imagination in the ‘Anthropocene’, and productive encounters between laws and literatures in this space.

For more information please download the EOI or contact the group convener, Kathleen Birrell, 
Call: Book on Endangered Species
Deadline for proposals: 31 December 2018

Professors Mark Neuzil (University of St. Thomas), Eric Freedman (Michigan State) and Sara Shipley Hiles (Missouri) are developing a proposal for a peer-reviewed book that highlights recent international public policy, economics, mass media and culture, and resource management research about endangered and threatened species.

The editors are seeking proposals for chapters of 4,000-4,300 words. All that is required at this point is a working title, an abstract of 100-150 words and the CVs of the authors. Submissions will be reviewed in early 2019.

Email proposals to [1], [2] and [3] by Dec. 31. If your chapter is based on a longer conference paper or journal article, please attach it to your proposal.
Transformations Issue 33:
Mineral Transformation and Resource Extraction: Pasts, Presents and Futures

Deadline for abstracts: 10 February 2019
This issue of Transformations asks what researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) are contributing to the debates and politics of resource transformation and extraction. What are the many pasts, presents and futures of resource extraction? How are researchers investigating these phenomena? What alternatives can we uncover and imagine? How do creative responses to resource extraction figure in this debate?

Submissions are invited in the areas of critical and cultural studies, media studies, anthropology and social science, science and technology studies, and creative arts research. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
  • Vibrant matter, geophilosophy and mineralization; Manuel de Landa and Jane Bennett
  • Slow moving catastrophes: the temporalities of mineral extraction
  • Life in mining towns or post-mining places; sociologies and cultures of mining
  • Indigenous peoples’ rights and relations with extraction industries
  • Anti-mining activism & landscapes of protest
  • The mineral underpinnings of energy production
  • Exploring material and immaterial extractive effects
  • The manufactured landscapes of the Anthropocene; Edward Burtynsky and creative responses to resource extraction
  • Rare earth minerals and new technologies; media archaeologies
  • Lithium mining and other ‘green’ energy development
Abstracts (200-400 words) are due 10th February 2019, with a view to submit articles by 31st May 2019.

More information and submission details
Multispecies Justice: Thinking and Enacting Justice in a Multispecies World

University of Sydney
12-20 June 2019

Submissions close 1 February 2019
In June 2019, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and the Sydney Environment Institute will host a series of four international symposia to work in a focused and exploratory way on the question of what justice means in a multispecies context. The events are being held as part of the Faculty’s recently funded research initiative on Multispecies Justice.

Proposals are currently invited for participants to present new and exploratory research. The work presented will form the basis for an original publication in the form of an edited volume or special issue of a journal. Each symposium will also be the basis of a multi-authored ‘state of the field’ paper to which participants will be invited to contribute.

More information and submission details
Using the Visual and Performing Arts to Encourage Pro-Environmental Behaviour

3rd National EcoArts Australis Conference

26-28 May 2019
Wollongong, NSW

Submissions close 15 February 2019
Submissions are now invited for the 3rd National EcoArts Australis Conference. Key themes for the 2019 conference include:
  • using the arts to change habits and behaviours;
  • using the arts in environmental education;
  • using the arts to draw attention to particular environmental issues;
  • using the arts to celebrate the natural environment and human relationship with it.
Areas of focus for the 2019 conference include (but are not limited to):
  • fostering the eco-city (urban planning/active transport)
  • mitigating climate change
  • reducing waste
  • conserving/re-establishing native vegetation
  • community festivals and community arts
  • public and performance art
  • indigenous art
  • science/art collaborations
  • urban trees
There are a number of ways to participate:
  • making an oral presentation
  • presenting information in the Pechu Kucha format (speed presentations - 20 slides, 6 seconds per slide)
  • performing your material in an eco[ei]steddfod (3 minute eco-art performances - music, theatre, and/or dance)
  • running a workshop session
  • presenting your work as a poster, film or visual artwork
  • participating in the creation of an eco-art work
  • participating in numerous networking opportunities as an audience member
For more information and to submit your proposal, please visit the conference website.
ASLE-UKI Biennial Conference

University of Plymouth
4-6 September 2019

Abstract submissions close 1 April 2019
The call for papers is now open for the biennial conference of our affiliate organisation, ASLE UK and Ireland.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
  • Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia)
  • David Higgins (University of Leeds)
  • Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey)
  • Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University)
While proposals on all and any aspects and periods of environmental literature are welcome, this year’s theme is ‘Co-emergence, Co-creation, Co-existence’. Proposals are invited for individual (20-minute) papers, or pre-formed panels (90 minutes) which may comprise traditional panels of 3 or 4 papers, roundtables or paper jams with 6 or more speakers, or other innovative formats. Proposals for creative contributions or creative-critical dialogues are also welcome.

More information and submission details
Assistant Professor of English in Rhetoric of Science

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colarado, USA

Applications close 19 January 2019
The Department of English at Colorado State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of English specializing in the Rhetoric of Science with a focus on microbiomes or a closely related field. The faculty member will be part of an interdisciplinary cluster hire of faculty focused on the study of microbiomes; their ecological relevance; their interaction with human, animal, plant or environmental systems; and their application to agriculture or other engineered systems. The successful candidate will contribute to the cluster through research and teaching related to the social dimensions of microbiome science and/or closely related concepts.

This is a tenure-track, nine-month appointment. The successful candidate will be appointed untenured and at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 16, 2019.
That's it for this year! Merry Christmas to all and I look forward to hearing more news from members in the New Year.

Alanna Myers
Editor, ASLEC-ANZ Newsletter
Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture,
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