Hello all, I am serving as the new WLA liaison to the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), a thriving organization that was founded at the annual WLA conference in 1992. The eleventh biennial ASLE conference will be held on the campus of the University of Idaho, in Moscow, ID, June 23-27, 2015. In addition to plenaries and panels, the ASLE conference includes pre-conference workshops, field trips, and a new "Progressive Evening Event" that will link conference goers to local artists, musicians, and businesses through events at a variety of sites around town. The theme for the 2015 ASLE conference is Notes from the Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice. I will be sending out a CFP for the joint ASLE-WLA session in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I welcome any ideas you might have for such a session. Please contact me off-list if you have any ideas for the session or if you have any other questions about the ASLE conference. Here is a link to the general ASLE CFP, which is also pasted below: http://www.asle.org/assets/docs/ASLE_Conferences_2015CFP.pdf Best wishes, Amy T. Hamilton Associate Professor of English Northern Michigan University 1401 Presque Isle Drive Marquette, MI 49855 Office: (906)227-1724 [log in to unmask] --- Notes from Underground: The Depths of Environmental Arts, Culture and Justice Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Eleventh Biennial Conference, June 23- 27, 2015 University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho <http://www.uidaho.edu> www.uidaho.edu/asle THE CONFERENCE WEBSITE (INCLUDING SUBMISSIONS PAGE) WILL BE LIVE IN SEPTEMBER, 2014 DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: DECEMBER 7, 2014 Read or download the full CFP: http://www.asle.org/assets/docs/ASLE_Conferences_2015CFP.pdf In Notes from Underground (1864), Dostoyevsky explores relations between modernity and its discontents at an important historical conjuncture: the novella's unnamed, unpleasant hero rails against capitalist industry, imperialist architecture and an emerging social scientific understanding of human behaviour premised on predictability and knowability. By writing from the underground - from the subterranean, from the murk, from the world of refuse - Dostoyevsky asks us to consider the importance of experiences that lie beneath (and both before and after) the shiny edifices of progress, rationality and industry. But the "underground" also asks us to consider what lies beneath us much more literally: crust, tectonic plates, magma, minerals, fossil fuels, aquifers, lakes, caves, fungal networks, clay, compost, worms, ants, nematodes, roots, rhizomes, tubers, seeds, warrens, nests, vaults, graves, landfills, nuclear weapons and waste, buried treasure. In this act of collection - underground elements, underground agents, underground movements, underground epistemologies - we hope to draw attention to the multiple ways in which things underground and the institutions that variously cultivate, harness and contain them, are constantly changing the terrain (literally and politically) on which we stand. Especially in the midst of such widespread focus on atmospheric climate change, perhaps we also need to look down, under, beneath and below for imaginative aesthetic, critical, pedagogical and activist responses? At our current political and ecological conjuncture, the literal underground is very much the subject of contest - extraction, pollution, depletion, neoliberalisation, cultivation, sovereignty, equity, (re)claiming - suggesting the need for creative new ways of engaging in activism, reading, writing and education in these networks of depth: underground arts, humanities, ecocriticism, justice. For the 2015 ASLE conference, we seek proposals for panels, papers, performances, discussions, readings and roundtables that address this constellation of undergrounds. We invite participants to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possible and to imagine their work in terms not only of underground content but also of subterranean form: we particularly encourage non-traditional modes of presentation, including hybrid, performative and collaborative works; panels that minimize formal presentation in favour of engaged emergent discussion; interdisciplinary approaches; environmentally inflected (earthy?) readings of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, theatre and other media; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, teachers, practitioners, activists and colleagues in the social and natural sciences. Our list of keynote speakers includes Donna Haraway, Linda Hogan, Stephanie LeMenager, Ann Fisher-Wirth, Jorge Navarro, Anna Tsing, Rita Wong, and Tanure Ojaide. For questions about the program, please contact 2015 ASLE President Cate Sandilands at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> . For questions about the conference site, field sessions, progressive event and other local activities, please contact the conference site hosts at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> . For questions about ASLE and membership, please contact Amy McIntyre, ASLE Managing Director, at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> .