Call for Panelists: “Ecocriticism and the Racial Underground”

Seeking submissions to round out a panel, “Ecocriticism and the Racial Underground,” for the Eleventh Biennial Conference Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), June 23-27, 2015, at the University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice, our panel will consider how bringing race to the surface “ungrounds” thought in the environmental humanities (or in dominant environmental paradigms and praxes more generally). Does, or how does, the repressed racial content of environmentalism(s) rupture and unsettle foundational ways of knowing? The panel is not bound by period, but we are particularly interested in work examining literature and culture from the Early Americas through the long 19th century. Transnational work is welcome. Send inquiries or 250 word abstracts and brief bio by November 22th to Jennifer James at: jcj [at]

Call for panelists: ASLE 2015 “The Depths of Latina/o Environmentalisms: A Pedagogy Conversation”

CFP: “The Depths of Latina/o Environmentalisms: A Pedagogy Conversation”
On September 21st, 2014, 400,000 participants in the People’s Climate March snaked through Manhattan. The march offered a different view of the communities concerned about climate justice than the media often portrays including a migrant rights block that marched under puppet birds and a parachute butterfly, posters that said “decolonize the climate” and the National Domestic Workers Alliance carrying signs like, “Migrant Women Workers Are a Force of Nature” and “Clean Up the Climate Mess.” Latina/os were highly visible throughout the march, from the legions of students to organized labor and global justice organizations.
How are the philosophical, cultural, and organizational contributions of Latina/o communities to environmentalisms being taught at our colleges and universities? Where and how are students being exposed to the variety of Latina/o environmental philosophies and cultural productions as well as the histories and roots of Latina/o environmental knowledge and expression?
A pedagogy-oriented roundtable at the 2015 Association for Literature and Environment (ASLE) conference will explore texts, contexts, critical pedagogies, and institutional strategies for teaching Latina/o environmentalisms. At this panel, we’ll be sharing, compiling, and generating a set of pedagogical resources that can be shared with others. We are looking for teachers, researchers, and cultural workers to join us.
Some of the questions we’ll be considering include:
· How have environmental studies programs and environmental humanities curriculum incorporated Latina/o environmental issues?

· What curriculum do environmental studies programs offer at Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)? What should they offer?

· How have programs in Latina/o Studies and Chicana/o Studies taken up environmental issues, including environmental justice, colonialism, and climate justice?

· What are the various institutional locations and courses from which Latina/o environmentalisms have been taught?

· How have such courses engaged with local communities?

ASLE 2015 will held at University of Idaho in Moscow, ID from June 23-27th. The conference theme is “Notes from the Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture, and Justice.” The CFP is here: Proposals are due December 7th, 2014.
If you would like to contribute, please contact sdwald with an abstract by October 20th, 2014. The format (panel, roundtable, paperjam) will depend on the type of response we receive.
Sarah Jaquette Ray, Priscilla Ybarra, and Sarah Wald

CFP AAAS 2015: Transpacific Ecologies in Asian American Literature

Association for Asian American Studies: April 23-25, 2015, Chicago/Evanston, Illinois
In his work on the transpacific, literary critic Yunte Huang charges scholars to recognize the “host of literary and historical imaginations that have emerged under the tremendous geopolitical pressure of the Pacific encounters.” Mobilizing the transpacific as a critical lens means not only displacing the dominance of the United States as the presumed center of Asian American literature, but also taking the Pacific Ocean itself as a distinct space of cultural production, rather than merely as a gap or empty expanse between Asia and the Americas.

Even as they aim to recalibrate the scope and span of how we conceptualize oceanic exchange, transpacific readings often rely on the same units of analysis—nation states and peoples—that have long comprised the traditional framework of Asian American studies. In contradistinction, this panel focuses on the possibilities of ecological approaches—construed broadly—in reconfiguring the subjects and objects of Asian American literature across, of, and in the Pacific Ocean. What can transpacific Asian American literary analyses add to our understanding of environmental citizenship and responsibility in this “postracial” moment of global capitalism and industry? Conversely, as we enter the geological epoch of the Anthropocene, what are the implications of the posthuman for Asian Americanist critique?

Relevant critical nodes of engagement include, but are not limited to, oceanic studies; Pacific Rim colonialism, migration and diaspora; environmental degradation and disaster; ecocriticism; science studies; and cosmopolitanism. 250 word (maximum) abstract and one page CV to michelle.huang (at) by October 9, 2014. Please advise of any AV requirements. This panel will be chaired by Tina Chen of Penn State University.

for more on the 2015 Association for Asian American Studies Confernece:

ASLE Access Guidelines

This post introduces ASLE’s new “Access Guidelines for ASLE Biennial Conferences.”  A special thanks to to the Access Initiatives Working Group (Sarah Jaquette Ray, J.C. Sibara, Nicole Seymour, and Sarah D. Wald) for their work on this document.

Download PDF: ASLEAccessGuidelinesAugust62014

Access Guidelines for ASLE Biennial Conferences
ASLE recognizes that sustainability relies on three pillars: ecological, economic, and social justice. We are therefore committed to creating a conference in which all people can participate, and which disrupts the social construction of dis/ability — along with other social injustices. Thus, we request that all panel chairs disseminate these guidelines to presenters far in advance of the conference and ensure that the guidelines are observed during the panel. We also encourage chairs to announce our goal of accessibility at the panel, and to invite audience members to suggest further actions that can contribute to this goal.

ASLE envisions these guidelines as part of an open dialogue. We are committed to improving these guidelines to increase conference accessibility, including accessibility for those with environmental illness and invisible disabilities. We encourage you to be in contact with the ASLE Diversity Officer to communicate suggestions or ideas for improving conference accessibility.

Conference Setup

 Conference organizers should consider the accessibility of locations for conference events, especially receptions and keynote addresses. This should include mobility between conference locations and parking accessibility.
 Conference organizers should arrange ASL interpreters for keynotes and plenaries. The Executive Council of ASLE should assist conference organizers in funding interpreters and/or in reducing the costs of interpretation.
 Field trip organizers should consider whether field trips can be made accessible. Field trips accessibility should be addressed in conference materials. Conference organizers should ensure that at least one field trip is offered that can be made accessible.
 Conference organizers should consider the potential that conference participants may have food allergies and/or food sensitivities. Food at sponsored conference events should be labelled for potential allergens and conference materials should make clear whether food accommodations can be made.
 Conference organizers should ensure the availability of gender-neutral bathrooms and identify their locations in the conference materials.


Room Setup

 Conference organizers should arrange for space to be left for two wheelchairs in each meeting room. Space should be left around the doors and aisles to allow access.
 Session chairs should ensure that this area and aisles are kept clear for persons who may be using wheelchairs, canes, crutches, or motorized vehicles.
 Presenters should be aware of the location of interpreters and attempt to keep this line of vision clear as people who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use sign language interpreters or read lips need to sit where they can see both the presenter and the interpreter. The interpreter may stand close to the presenter or within a direct line of sight to allow the audience to view both the presenter and the interpreter.


Papers, Handouts, and Audiovisuals

 Participants should bring three copies of their presentations, even in draft form, for the use of members who wish or need to follow a written text. The type of text may vary based on the format of the presentation. ASLE requests that these copies of the presentations be printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.
 Participants who use handouts should prepare three copies in large-print format (boldface 14- to 16-point font size) and briefly describe or read all handouts or visual aids to the audience at an appropriate time during the presentation. Avoid colored papers. Participants should indicate whether they want their documents returned.
 Presenters should consider the possibility that persons in the audience may be blind.
 Allow ample time when referring to a visual aid or handout or when pointing out the location of materials.
 When presenters are not using a projector, the session organizer or chair should turn it off. This reduces background noise and helps focus audience attention on the presenter.


Communication and Presentation

 At the start of each session, the panel chair should read the following brief statement, “ASLE is committed to making the biennial conference accessible to all who wish to participate. As a reminder, space should be left around doors and aisles to allow access. Additionally, please keep the line of sight between the audience and presenters clear for those who may need to read lips. Copies of each presentation in written form are available.”
 Speak clearly and distinctly, but do not shout.
 Use regular speed unless asked to slow down by members of the audience, sign interpreters, or persons using real-time captioning.
 Make eye contact with the audience and avoid monotone and/or rushed speech, which can make it difficult for many people to absorb the ideas in a presentation.
 Use a microphone when provided. Microphones should be held at a distance from the mouth such that it will pick up your voice while not muffling the sound.
 Do not communicate key information solely in gesture or visual reference.
 Avoid speaking from a darkened area of the room.
 Avoid turning away from the audience while speaking.
 Some people read lips, so the audience should have a direct and clear view of the speaker’s mouth and face.
 Eye contact and comments should be directed to the person who is deaf and not to the sign language interpreter.
 Comments should be addressed directly to participants with disabilities and not to their companions.
 Allow ample time for questions and answers.
 Because microphones often fail to pick up voices in the audience, the chair should always repeat questions or statements made by members of the audience.
 In Q&A or discussions, only one person should speak at a time, and speakers should identify themselves so that audience members will know who is talking.
 ASLE permits the taping/recording of presentations for reasons of accessibility. Those presenters who wish to not be recorded/taped must communicate this to the audience ahead of time.
 Conference participants should refrain from wearing perfumes or scented products as scented products may contain chemicals that can cause problems for people with asthma, allergies, and environmental illness.

By adhering to these accessibility guidelines, chairs, presenters, and session organizers demonstrate their commitment to ASLE’s mission. This mission includes reaching across national, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to enhance diversity and inclusiveness. See ASLE’s complete mission statement:

If you have questions, concerns, or comments about the accessibility guidelines, please write or call the ASLE Diversity Officer. The current ASLE Diversity Officer is Sarah D. Wald. She can be reached at Sarah.D.Wald (at)
If you have questions, concerns, or comments about accessibility at the upcoming biennial ASLE conference, please contact the local site coordinators

ASLE Biennial Conference CFP: Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice

The CFP is here.  Check it out: ASLE_Conferences_2015CFP

ASLE Diversity Caucus List Serve

Our former email list serve is no longer available.  It is time to switch to a new list serve for the ASLE Diversity Caucus.   We have started a google group —  asle-diversity-caucus (at) To join, contact Sarah D Wald (at)  

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Humanities_UCLA

Deadline: Jan 15, 2014.

The Department of English at UCLA invites applications for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Environmental Humanities, to run from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Applications are welcome from applicants who do research on environmental issues from a humanities perspective and have expertise in more than one humanities discipline.

We are particularly interested in candidates whose work falls within one or more of the following fields: environmental anthropology, environmental history, environmental philosophy, ecocriticism, cultural geography, political ecology, communications, media studies, film studies, art and art history, gender studies, or religious studies. Competence in digital humanities, web communication and design, and/or languages other than English is desirable but not mandatory.

Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before July 1, 2014.
The fellow will be hired to form part of the Mellon Sawyer Seminar, “The Environmental Humanities: Emergence and Impact,” which will bring together an interdisciplinary spectrum of humanities scholars involved in research in the Environmental Humanities from around the world. The fellow will be expected to take a leadership role in the organization and execution of the monthly seminars, to oversee seminar logistics, publicity, and archiving, and to help build an interdisciplinary community around the Environmental Humanities at UCLA, including sustained contacts with the social and natural sciences. Teaching opportunities are possible but not mandatory.

This position is a one-year, full-time fellowship with a salary of $50,000 and benefits.

For further information, please contact Ursula K. Heise <>, Professor of English, or Jon Christensen <>, Adjunct Assistant Professor of History.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, dissertation abstract, writing sample of approximately 8,000-words, and a brief statement (1,000 words or fewer) regarding their understanding of and vision for the Environmental Humanities. Three letters of recommendations (including one letter from the dissertation advisor) should be forwarded as part of the application. In order to ensure full consideration, all application materials must be received by January 15, 2014.
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
Dissertation Abstract
Writing Sample – Approx 8,000 Words
Statement on Environmental Humanities – 1,000 Words or Fewer
Cover Letter (Optional)
3 letters of reference required
1.      Create an ApplicantID
2.      Provide required information and documents
3.      If any, provide required reference information

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and the Environment

The Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University invite applications for a two-year Mellon post-doctoral fellowship in Race and the Environment. The successful candidate will interrogate the integration of race and inequality with Environmental Studies and environmental justice. Ideally, s/he will work (or at least teach) transnationally.  The fellow will be located in the Department of Africana Studies and is expected to interact with units relevant to her/his core discipline. S/he will also be affiliated with the Cogut Center, where s/he will participate in Center activities. Fellows have the opportunity to interact with Brown faculty affiliated with the Center, to participate in fellows’ seminars, lectures, and conferences, and to participate in the planning of working groups and large-scale seminars on various topics. The Center seeks to provide a stimulating scholarly environment in which to pursue research, develop new interdisciplinary connections, and network with others.

The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014, or as soon as possible thereafter. Receipt of the Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Fellows receive stipends of $61,449 the first year and a $63,907 the second year, plus standard fellow benefits and a $2000 per year research budget.



Applicants must have received their degrees from institutions other than Brown within the last five (5) years. The successful candidate must show exceptional scholarly promise and will be expected to teach one course a semester on an agreed topic in Africana Studies related to their position, with the possibility of cross-listing with the relevant units.


Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, syllabi and/or detailed descriptions of courses s/he has prepared (and/or a list of possible courses), a curriculum vitae, writing sample (up to 30 pages), and three letters of reference, by 15 February 2014.



March 27-29, 2014
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

Call for Proposals

DEADLINE: November 25, 2013

With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion, film, cultural studies—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops.  We especially encourage presentations and panels on teaching children’s and young adult literature by indigenous writers.

Scheduled speakers include Eric Gansworth who just published a young adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here, and First Nations Manitoba writers Duncan Mercredi, Katherena Vermette, and Rosanna Deerchild whose work appears in Manitowapow.

Nominations/Applications for the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies due January 15, 2014.  See the website for details.

Queries can be directed to

Dr. Gwen Westerman
Director, NALS


Dennis Herbert
Assistant to the Director

PROPOSAL and REGISTRATION FORMS and more information can be found on the NALS web site:


The host facility for the symposium will be the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel


“Wise Women” Deliver Stories from Climate Change’s Frontlines

Kamala Platt shares this ecofeminist climate justice story that was reported in Greg Harman’s blog from San Antonio. Click on the image to read the story:

Constance Okollet describes the plight of her Ugandan village at SXSW ECO as Thilmeeza Hussain of the Maldives looks on.

Constance Okollet describes the plight of her Ugandan village at SXSW ECO as Thilmeeza Hussain of the Maldives looks on.