Who Is ALECC?
The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) is a work-in-progress, and we invite you to join us in setting up and sustaining an organization for the creation, appreciation, discussion, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge about the work of nature writers, environmental writers and journalists, eco-artists of all disciplines, ecocritics, and ecotheorists in Canada. Collectively we are interested in artistic, critical and cultural studies work on activism, animals, ecology, the environment, environmental justice, geography, land, landscape, mountain literature and culture, nature and nature writing, natural history writing, plants, region, regionalism, the rural, sense of place, transborder environmental issues, wilderness and wilder places, and much more. To date we operate a listserv (which you may freely join) and produce a semi-annual electronic publication called The Goose. Support in the form of a membership is always appreciated, and as a registered not-for-profit organization membership fees may now be claimed under “professional dues” on member’s Tax returns.
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.
Our Past and Present.
In June 2005 approximately thirty Canadian members of Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) met for an informal and exhilarating roundtable at the ASLE Conference in Eugene, Oregon, to discuss the idea of forming a similar and affiliated organization. We decided then to raise the profile of nature writing, environmental literature and other arts, and ecocriticism in Canada. By doing so we hope to heighten awareness of, pique interest in and smooth the way for ecocritical projects at every level of Canadian institutions, and to create a perceived need for those who are currently doing graduate or creative work within the field thereby generating teaching, research and writer-in-residence positions. Furthermore we aim to encourage the development of courses in nature writing and environmental literature; to create a journal in the field and, edit special issues of existing journals devoted to the topic while drawing attention to the fabulous nature writing and environmental literature being done in Canada. To further these goals a second incarnation of the ALECC website was commissioned in Spring of 2009.
The timing and conditions seem right for taking the next steps–as a group and individually, formally and informally, through Roberts’ Rules and reckless daring–to increase the discussion about the relationship among the arts, the environment and cultures of Canada. We encourage you to subscribe to our listserv, browse our listserv archives (which are available to subscribers), support our continued work by becoming an ALECC Member, read and contribute to The Goose, and let us know about your own work in this important and provocative field.
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 Communication Studies, Concordia University
Treasurer: Emily McGiffin Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
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
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.