December 2019 ASLEC-ANZ News
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ASLEC-ANZ NEWS ~ December 2019
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A Note from the Editor

Dear ASLEC-ANZians,

This is the final newsletter for 2019; we will be back on board in early 2020. We wish you a happy & sustainable Christmas & an excellent New Year!


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Rachel Carson Center

Call for Fellows 2020–21

Closing Date: 31st January 2019

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2020–21 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The RCC’s fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines who are working in the field of environment and society. In this application round, the RCC is offering thematic fellowships (four to twelve months) on the following topics:

  • Extinction
    The “Rettet die Bienen” (Save the Bees) campaign in Bavaria elevated the issue of species loss and extinction to the top of the public agenda. Why are habitats and species being lost, and what are the consequences? What can we learn from past extinctions? What is the impact for humans of the reality and the discourse of extinction? Can we fight against the loss of species—and should we?
  • Futures
    Western understandings of “the future” are primarily based on ideas of progress and intention; but in today’s world, other understandings are needed. How can we ensure just futures in a planetary context? How have past imaginations of the future created better worlds? How can we build feasible futures—economically, infrastructurally, physically, and culturally? Which tools and concepts help us imagine alternative futures?
  • Open (no specific theme)
    We will be awarding a very limited number of fellowships for truly excellent projects that do not relate to either of these two topics. We expect that the success rate for funding in this category will be between 3–5%.

The two topic areas aim to bring future fellows together and facilitate focused dialogue and productive collaborations across disciplines. Applicants are welcome to apply individually or as interdisciplinary teams; we also accept applications for scholarly outreach projects (journalism, documentary film, community engagement, etc.). All fellows are expected to spend their fellowship in residence, to work on a major project, and to participate actively in life at the RCC. Please note that the RCC does not sponsor field trips or archival research.

This will be the last fellowship round to be funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which provided the initial grant for the RCC in 2009. We do, however, plan to advertise a smaller number of fellowships from 2021 onwards.

Fellowship Awards
Fellowships will be granted for a period of four to twelve months (applicants should indicate their preferred duration in their application).  The RCC will pay for a teaching replacement of the successful candidate at their home institution; alternatively, it will pay a stipend directly to the fellow that is commensurate with their experience, current employment, and funding guidelines. Travel to and from Munich will be covered by the RCC.


  • fellows must commit to a stay of between four and twelve months
  • fellowships may begin on the following three dates:
    • 1 September 2020
    • 1 January 2021
    • 1 May 2021
  • fellows (with the exception of outreach fellows) must have completed a doctoral degree (including final defense) by 31 January 2020
  • applicants who reside in the greater Munich area will not be considered (however, applications for fellowships that are based on collaborative projects with scholars in Munich are welcomed)

To Apply:
The deadline for applications is 31 January 2020.  Applications must be made in our online portal. The application portal will be open from 1 January to 31 January 2020. It closes at midnight (Central European Time) on 31 January.

The application (in English) should include the following:

  • Cover letter (750 words maximum);
  • Curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum);
  • Project description (1,000 words maximum), including project’s relation to one of the two thematic clusters;
  • Research schedule for the fellowship period (300 words maximum), including preferred length of stay;
  • Names and contact information of three scholars as referees; these scholars should be people who know you and your work well. Please note that we do not initially require letters, and we may not contact your referees.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website. Please consult this section thoroughly before contacting us with questions. 

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Australian Seascapes

CFP due 31 March 2020

17th Biennial Conference
of the
Gesellschaft für Australienstudien|Association for Australian Studies
Trier University, 1-3 October 2020

Australia’s past and present are closely connected to the sea: In coastal regions, maritime areas are an integral part of Country and thus play a vital role for Aboriginal communities. The sea also looms large in Australian cultural memory and imagination in general, as a passageway and connection to other parts of world with images oscillating between fear (migration) and longing (postcolonial melancholia). In addition, it is an important economic factor as the maritime industry, from gas and oil extraction to cruise shipping, currently generates 9 billion AUD of the Australian GDP. As a destination for domestic and international tourism (surfing), the seaside and the Australian maritime world (Great Barrier Reef) plays an important role in creating a sense of identity as well as selling Australia as a ‘brand’ to global consumerism. From this multitude of relations, a multiplicity of seascapes emerges – spaces of knowing, of contact, of negotiation and transition, and of movement (of ideas, goods or people).

The 2020 conference of the Gesellschaft für Australienstudien|Association for Australian Studies will chart the multiplicity of Australian seascapes. Following the work of Greg Dening (Beach Crossings), Epeli Hau’ofa (We are the Ocean), and Karin Amimoto Ingersoll (Waves of Knowing), we consider seascapes as socially constructed spaces, constituted by connections, exchanges and entanglements rather than by boundaries or by a separating void. Seascapes demonstrate Australia’s deep connection to Oceania, the Pacific region and the world. However, in the face of climate change and rising sea levels, many of these connections are becoming tenuous.The conference will discuss Australian seascapes in an interdisciplinary perspective, including (but not restricted to) contributions from the field of Cultural Studies (literature, performing arts, film, visual arts), History, Political Science, Anthropology, and Geography. Accordingly, we invite papers and panel proposals from all academic fields to engage in topics that include one or several of the multiple dimensions of Australian Seascapes:

Aboriginal knowledges and practices
temporalities and geographies
movement and fluidity
connectivity and entanglement
politics, policies, and economy
memory and history
corporealities and bodily experiences
oceanic landscapes and maritime biodiversity
roles of human and non-human actors, their relationship and interconnectedness
representations and imaginations of the sea and of seascapes literature, poetry, drama, the performative or visual arts or any other artistic form of expression

We aim to include a special “teachers’ stream” into the program. Proposals for individual papersor panels reflecting on methods how to present the conference’s topic to students (of all ages), are particularly welcome!

The conference will be hosted by Trier University and organized by PD Dr. Eva Bischoff, Department of International History. Please send paper and panel proposals (20 minutes + 10 minutes discussion per paper) in English or German (200-300 words per paper) by 31 March 2020. We particularly encourage undergraduate and graduate students to submit proposals for work in progress presentations in our new format “Forthcoming”.

Contact: PD Dr. Eva Bischoff (
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Composting Feminisms #46:
Unsettling Dialogues

11th December 2019, 10.00am - 11.30am

The Composing Feminism and Environmental Humanities reading group will meet via Zoom on 10am-11.30am (AEDST, GMT +11) Wednesday 11th December. The theme is 'Unsettling Dialogues' and will be led by Kelly Lee Hickey, a fifth generation settler undertaking decolonising research within the settler location. More details, and the reading list, can be found here.

To join the group, click here:


For more information about Composting Feminisms go to



ASLEC-ANZ member John Charles Ryan, together with Li Chen, has published Australian Wetland Cultures: Swamps and the Environmental Crisis. Congratulations John and Li!

The book is available for purchase here.


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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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