Reclaiming the Commons: ASLE+AESS 2023 Conference

Portland, Oregon, United States

Jul 9 - Jul 12, 2023


TUITION / COST:Registration cost is TBD
Attendees may apply for one of ten travel awards of $500 each.

PHONE: 603-357-7411

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) are excited to announce that they will hold their 2023 conference jointly. This event will offer opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, networking and professional development with a variety of sessions sponsored by both organizations.

Conference Information and CFP:

We seek proposals for creative work and other forms of scholarly engagement that approach literature, cultural artifacts, infrastructures, geographies, watersheds, borderwaters, atmospheres, and oceans as methods for reclaiming the commons and instilling and motivating a politics of care in our time. We seek understanding about the various ways in which we as scholars, activists, and artists can rise to the challenge of building community, extend our voices into new arenas, and leverage the insights of the humanities into the practices of our various cultures. We seek discussions that highlight the ways in which, during the recent covid-imposed period of isolation and its aftermath, communities have been or may be rebuilt and strengthened, especially between the human and more-than-human, the academy and local communities, the humanities and the sciences, metropolitan centers of power and the Global South, between and among regional institutions, and across languages and epistemologies. We seek papers that will explore the role of the public humanist, the public role of scientific and climate literacy, and the social, political, and scientific obligations of the scholar and artist as part of the larger project of reclaiming commons. Finally, we seek historically situated work that considers the long global history of commons.

There will be a Publishers' Exhibit and Authors' Reception during the conference. ISLE journal editors will be available throughout the conference to talk to potential contributors.


Featured Writers Include:

Speakers: Cristina Rivera Garza, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, and more TBA

Conference Organizers: Scott Hess, Earlham College, George Handley, BYU, and Gisela Heffes, Rice University


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Oregon, United States

Association for the Study of Literature & Environment Biennial Conference

ASLE seeks to inspire, support, and promote creative and intellectual work in the environmental humanities and arts. Our vision is an inclusive community whose members are committed to environmental writing, research, education, literature, art, environmental justice, and ecological sustainability.

ASLE publishes a quarterly online journal, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, in conjunction with Oxford University Press. ISLE invites scholarly articles and creative writing (including poetry and creative nonfiction) that interpret the environment in complex, imaginative, and generative ways.