The University of Plymouth is delighted to be hosting the 2019 Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (UK and Ireland).
The conference theme takes its impetus from the prefix ‘co-’ as a starting point for engaging with ideas, processes, practises and theorisations of mutuality, collaboration, co-production, collectivity and modes of existing, thinking, and creating generated through entanglement.
How might we understand ‘ways of being [as] emergent effects of encounters?’ (Anna Tsing) What are the implications of understanding agency as an intermingling of human and nonhuman forces? What happens if we begin from the premise that ‘[w]e become-with each other or not at all?’ (Donna Haraway)
The conference hopes to explore how literature, culture and ecocriticism can contribute and work through such ideas, and inquire into their implications for ethics, politics, subjectivity, collectivity and aesthetics as these relate to environmental questions. We welcome delegates working on any period of literature and culture, and we also hope to put perspectives from literary and cultural studies, theatre and performance, film and the visual arts into conversation, as well as inviting engagement with a widening disciplinary gyre that has increasingly become a productive characteristic of ASLE events and networks.
Confirmed plenary speakers
- David Higgins (University of Leeds)
- Adeline Johns-Putra (University of Surrey)
- Harriet Tarlo (Sheffield Hallam University) and Judith Tucker (University of Leeds)
- Greg Garrard (University of British Columbia)