Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology (ASLEC–ANZ)

ASLEC-ANZ 'Global Ecologies – Local Impacts' 2016 Conference

The Sixth Biennial Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature, Environment & Culture, Australia & New Zealand (ASLEC-ANZ) in collaboration with the Sydney Environment Institute (SEI).

Keynotes Include:

  • Joni Adamson, Arizona State University
  • Elizabeth DeLoughrey , UCLA
  • Deborah Bird Rose, University of New South Wales
  • Alice Te Punga Somerville , Macquarie University
  • Petra Tschakert – University of Western Australia
  • Richard Kerridge, Nature writer & literary ecocritic (UK)
  • John Wolseley, Visual Artist
  • James Bradley, Novelist & Critic

This conference will explore the interactions and tensions between local and global spheres of environmental change. In the process we hope to encourage new dialogues, collaborations and projects between the different sub-disciplines that make up our burgeoning and evolving fields of study.

Individual papers and interdisciplinary panels will address a wide range of themes in the environmental humanities, arts and social sciences. They include:

◦   The Anthropocene - the idea and critiques

◦   Ecological Imaginaries - local, urban, and global

◦   Ecological Transformations - terrestrial and oceanic, human and nonhuman

◦   Environmental Governance

◦   Environmental Justice

◦   Climate Adaptation - resilience, transition, and transformation

◦   Indigenous Ecologies and Knowledges

◦   Cultural Representations of the Anthropocene

◦   Ecological Ethics & Law

◦   Round Table for Artists

Papers must not exceed 20 minutes in duration


10 minute presentations on research questions raised by artists. The focus of these papers is to be: how practice-led research addresses research questions.


A 90 minute workshop in which research problems in the Environmental Arts and Humanities can be raised in discussion with experienced researchers.

Selected Papers will be published in the peer-reviewed journal AJE – Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology.

Enquiries please contact: Marie McKenziemarie.mckenzie@sydney.edu.au