Friday, October 23, 2015

Conference Reflection: ASLE Biennial Conference: "Notes from the Underground"

In June, the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) held its Eleventh Biennial Conference, “Notes from the Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice” in Moscow, ID. I had the opportunity to attend this conference as a presenter in a Saturday morning “jam session” on deep naturalism with five other presenters, including faculty and graduate students. As should be expected from a conference about the environmental humanities, it was a thoroughly interdisciplinary event:  art historians and artists presented alongside each other in collaborative panels, creative writers led several of the conference plenaries, and many presenters participated in fieldtrips to Moscow’s surrounding Palouse country:
A view of Palouse country from the University of Idaho arboretum

Highlights from my trip included:

  • Stephanie LeMenager’s opening plenary, “Still Being Human, or Notes for an Everyday Anthropocene,” which discussed issues of pedagogy and genre while teaching in the Anthropocene
  • “Unruly Cabinets of Wonders: Multispecies Catalogues & Edible Creatures,” a panel on food and environmentally-conscious art, chaired by Allison Carruth (UCLA) and accompanied by EcoArtTech (Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint) and Heather Houser (UT-Austin)
  • Being introduced to “cli-fi” (climate change fiction) and listening to ways other graduate students and faculty are incorporating climate change into their curricula
  • And last, but not least, Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing’s collaborative show-stopper, “Tunneling in the Chthulucene: Stories for Resurgence on a Damaged Planet” which can now be watched here, courtesy of ASLE 
A shot of Tsing & Haraway's stunning Powerpoint
Until next time, ASLE!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Walter Benn Michaels (Oct. 23)

Just a reminder that Walter Benn Michaels is meeting with the Theory Center tomorrow (Friday, October 23) from 2:00-3:30. He will be discussing his paper "What Academic Work is For."

The discussion will be held at the CAHI house (1211 E. Atwater Ave.).   

Monday, October 12, 2015

Conference Shout Outs

Hey All,

We just wanted to shoot out a reminder that your colleagues want to hear what amazing stuff you are accomplishing this year! Whenever something of note occurs--you publish an article, you present at a conference, you attend a cool conference, etc.--shoot us (either Steph Luke or Brooke Opel) a quick, and informal announcement or write-up, and we will post it on the blog. We want this blog to be a way to not only keep in touch with academic happenings, but to also connect with each other! 


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cultural Studies Conference Oct. 23/24, 2015

The Cultural Studies Conference whose theme this year is "Child Matters" will be held on October 23 and 24 in the IMU Oak Room.

There are several speakers from English and other departments across the country.

It looks like it will be an interesting event.

For more information, and to view the participants, view the announcement here: