Registration Open for ASLE 2020 Virtual Symposium "Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency"

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Humanities on the Brink: Energy, Environment, Emergency
A Nearly Carbon Neutral Virtual Symposium

Sponsored by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment and the University of California, Santa Barbara
July 10-31, 2020

Registration is now open:
Register Online

Cost: $25 or pay what you can on a sliding scale, starting at $5 USD.

Symposium Events

More than 30 panels and 120 presentations will be prerecorded for asynchronous participation.

Keynote speakers:

Stephanie LeMenager is Barbara and Carlisle Moore professor of English and Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon. She thinks and writes about Energy, Climate, Culture, and the role of the arts and Humanities at the edge of the Holocene. She is author of Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century (Oxford Studies in American Literary History), Manifest and Other Destinies: Territorial Fictions of the Nineteenth-Century United States (Postwestern Horizons), and co-editor of Teaching Climate Change in the Humanities, and Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century.

Jennifer Wenzel is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Columbia University. She is author of The Disposition of Nature: Environmental Crisis and World Literature, and Bulletproof: Afterlives of Anticolonial Prophecy in South Africa and Beyond, and co-editor of Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment (Fordham 2017).

Elaine Scarry is the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard University. Her publications include The Body in PainDreaming by the BookOn Beauty; and Being Just, and articles on war and social contract.

Kim TallBear is Associate Professor, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience & Environment. She is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota. She is the author of Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science, essays in Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World, and Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements in First World Locations, and numerous articles in journals such as Science and Current Anthropology.

We will be hosting an online watch party featuring the documentary INVASION, which deals with the anti-colonial work of the Unist’ot’en Camp of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.  We invite your ideas regarding other events and ways to put the NCN format to the best possible use.