Who Is ALECC?
Founded in 2006, ALECC is a Canadian association for the study of environment and culture that brings together artistic, activist, and academic communities. We are an interdisciplinary organization whose members are involved in cultural, social, ethical, political, historical, and philosophical analysis, community engagement, social and political change, creative writing, storytelling, and visual, sound, and performative arts.
As an association, our approach to the environmental humanities is inclusive, transnational, and multilingual. We engage with interconnected areas such as Indigenous knowledge, decolonization, critical race studies, animal studies, gender, sexuality, disability, and education. We welcome the participation of individuals from any related scholarly, activist, or artistic communities, and we aim to facilitate collaboration across life experiences and career stages.
ALECC supports its members through an array of volunteer-driven initiatives. We organize a biennial conference, publish our journal The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada, maintain an active membership and listserv, run our website, and award the Alanna Bondar Memorial Book Prize. We regularly fund member-organized local and regional events, such as poetry readings; and we build and maintain connections with other environmental and cultural organizations. Graduate students play leadership roles in ALECC and are supported with conference travel funding when possible.
An online publication, The Goose is ALECC’s official publication. It features articles, book reviews, and original poetry on topics relating to environment, place, and nature writing by Canadian and international writers.
ALECC is a Not-for-Profit organization, following the rules, regulations and guidelines set out in our constitution as developed in 2007.
President: Brett Buchanan School of the Environment, Laurentian University
Vice President: Cheryl Lousley English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University
Past President: Norah Bowman Interdisciplinary Studies, Okanagan College
Secretary: Richard Pickard Department of English, University of Victoria
Treasurer: Emily McGiffin Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Member at Large: Wanda Baxter Watch for Wildlife and Sierra Club Foundation
Member at Large: Kelly Shepherd Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Member at Large: Odile Cisneros Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta
Member at Large: Caitlin Charman Department of English, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Graduate Student Representative: Alexis Motuz, English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Graduate Student Representative: Kaitlin Blanchard Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University
Webcontent Coordination: Emily McGiffin Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Co-Editor of The Goose: Amanda Di Battista (non-voting member of the executive council) Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
C0-Editor of The Goose: Alec Follett (non-voting member of the executive council) School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph
Co-Editor of The Goose: Melanie Dennis Unrau, Dept. of English, Film and Theatre, University of Manitoba
Previous ALECC Presidents
Jenny Kerber English and Film Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University
Astrida Neimanis Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, Australia
Jodey Castricano Department of Critical Studies, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Keri Cronin Department of Visual Arts, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario.
Robert Boschman Department of English, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.
Cate Sandilands Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Ontario.
Richard Pickard Department of English, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
Pamela Banting Department of English, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.