ASLE Conference is a Success
The Juneau campus hosted the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference June 14-17, 2012.
The off-year event drew more than 135 attendees from several countries and continents, including Africa and China. Environment, Culture & Place in a Rapidly Changing North focused on “the North” and the transnational perspective of this paradox, as well as a range of concerns, from peak oil and climate change to traditional ecological knowledge and tourism. While the North is often seen as an isolated place with a unique character, safe from the economic and environmental woes of “down south,” this imaginary belies the North’s place within transnational phenomena, such as colonialism, global climate change, and globalization. The symposium’s keynote speaker was Julie Cruikshank, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at University of British Columbia, and author of Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters and Social Imagination. Plenary speaker, Ellen Frankenstein screened her documentary film, Eating Alaska, Ernestine Hayes, author of Blonde Indian, did a reading from her current work, as well as Nancy Lord, who just published Early Warming: Crisis and Response to the Climate-Charged North.