June 2017 ASLEC-ANZ News
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ASLEC-ANZ NEWS ~ June 2017
A Note from the President

It’s hard to believe that we’re already almost halfway through 2017. The Executive Committee met today to discuss plans to expand our membership. Please do remember to renew if you haven’t already done so, and in the light of this week’s environmentally depressing news, please encourage friends and colleagues to join, too.
In other news, we’ll be sending out a membership survey within the next few weeks, as we’d like to learn about how we, as an Executive Committee can best represent the organisation. We also hope to have an announcement about the location of our next conference in the near future.
Plans for the remainder of this year involve a focus group, whose members will work with CA Cranston to be sure of a smooth transition for the journal. We’re all extremely grateful to CA for her tireless work on the AJE and for her generosity in remaining involved in the handover process.

Grace Moore, ASLEC-ANZ President
Membership Renewals

With the end of financial year approaching, it's time to check and renew your ASLEC-ANZ membership.

The continued success of our organisation, including our ability to run the biennial conference, is only possible through the generosity and support of our members. We therefore hope you will renew your membership by completing and returning the membership renewal form along with a copy of your direct deposit receipt.

If you have queries about the status of your membership, please contact Debbie Symons, ASLEC-ANZ Secretary, debbiesymons@gmail.com.
Extinction Studies: 
Stories of Time, Death and Generations 

Deborah Bird Rose, Thom van Dooren, and Matthew Chrulew (Gleebooks, 2017)

Extinction Studies focuses on the entangled ecological and social dimensions of extinction, exploring the ways in which extinction catastrophically interrupts life-giving processes of time, death, and generations. 

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Art, Social Change, & a Vision of Sustainability

Special Edition of the Journal of Sustainability Education

Submissions close 1 October 2017

For this issue of JSE, we invite the arts to be front and center and to remain as a vital living force in all future issues. This edition of JSE is also a re-issue for our original call for future-casting articles which create an extraordinarily awe inspiring vision of our future. We invite you to reflect on your dreams for a thrivable, equitable, beautiful future. What do you really want? What palpable future are we collectively trying to create?

We would like you to use your skills as an artist to radically reimagine a desired future of a particular place, or the desired future as it relates to an issue important to you. What does it look, sound, smell, and feel like to be in this future? Then—as though from that future place—articulate the role of sustainability education in getting us there.

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Life at work: New ecologies, bioart, biodesign

Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris
16-17 October 2017

Paper proposals close 15 June 2017

This call for papers targets artists, designers, architects and researchers – both in social sciences and natural sciences – who are engaged in interrogating how the living can be incorporated in art, design, as well as architecture projects.

More information: Download call for papers
Dissents and Dispositions

Conference of the Law, Literature and Humanities Association of Australasia

La Trobe Law School and Melbourne Law School
12-14 December 2017
(Postgraduate Day on 11 December 2017)

Paper and panel proposals close 30 June 2017

Keynote Speakers: Tony Birch (Victoria) | Marianne Constable (UC Berkeley) | Karen Crawley (Griffith) | Suzanne Ost (Lancaster) | Nikos Papastergiadis (Melbourne)

Conference Streams: Public Art, Public Law? | Dissents from Environmentality, Forging Ecological Disposition | Dispositions of Disability | Cities, Spaces, Justices | Visuality

More information: Download flyer | Visit website
Sustaining the Seas: 
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.

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Environmental Humanities Melbourne - June Meeting

The Yarra flows through us. It flows through our bodies and city. We drink the waters of its catchment and wash in them. We live in its bioregion. We recreate on or by its water. We live in cooee of it. It informs our physical, social and spiritual lives.

Catherine Sietkiewicz begins this dialogue by talking about her social and spiritual connections with the Yarra.  Rod Giblett will go on to talk about the biophysical features and cultural meanings of the Yarra and its catchment.  

Please join us at 5pm on Friday 16th June upstairs at the Alderman Hotel, 134 Lygon St, Brunswick East.

This talk is hosted by the Environmental Humanities Melbourne group, which meets monthly at the Alderman.

For enquiries or to RSVP, please contact the convenors:
Ocean Imaginaries 

5 May - 1 July 2017
RMIT Gallery
344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Curated by 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.

More information: Download flyer | Visit website
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.
Are Humans the Only Beings that Matter?
How to be sustainable: perspectives from the Environmental Humanities

Thursday 27 July, 6.00pm - 8.30pm
Chippendale's Creative Precinct (Sydney)

We’re all in the same boat. Environmental crisis feels big, abstract, and difficult to do much about.

Is there anything we can actually do that will matter? What is the use of art and everyday culture while the tides rise and the planet burns? What does it mean to be a good ecological citizen when it seems the world is collapsing around us?

The panel will address these growing concerns and offer ways we can all truly be sustainable.

Panel Members: Prof. David Schlosberg - Professor of Environmental Politics; Co-director of the Sydney Environment Institute | Dr Astrida Neimanis - Lecturer of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney | Dr Alana Mann - Chair of the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney

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Scientia PhD Scholarships in the Environmental Humanities and STS

UNSW, Sydney

The Environmental Humanities programme at UNSW is advertising three PhD scholarships in specific areas in the environmental humanities and science and technology studies (with collaboration from colleagues in a range of other areas).
  • Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Confronting Biopiracy
  • The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Education Policy
  • Multispecies Studies: Rethinking Human/Wildlife Interactions
These Scientia PhD Scholarships are specifically designed to attract high quality PhD candidates across a range of strategic research areas.

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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Environmental Posthumanities

Centre for Cultural Studies
Goldsmiths, University of London

Closing date 12 June 2017

A one year post to develop self-directed research in the environmental posthumanities as part of The Seed Box Collaboratory. The successful applicant will develop self-directed research leading to publication or exhibition and take part in group work. Expertise in ecological aesthetics, software studies, postcolonial and decolonial theory, participatory art, critical practice, or other related areas would be beneficial.

You will have completed a PhD in related areas and be an active and inventive researcher in cultural theory.

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

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