The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / L’Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) is 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 ALECC is interested in a broad spectrum of topics including: 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 this end we maintain a vibrant listserv (which is free to join), publish our electronic journal The Goose twice a year, and are branching out to incorporate other media and develop a more lively web presence.
Canada is a broad and diverse nation, host to numerous ecosystems, landscapes, and urban environments, as well as a broad spectrum of ecological interests, political landscapes, and literary perspectives – we hope you’ll join us in bridging some of those gaps and developing a community of interested parties and interesting voices.
June 15-18, 2016, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
- What makes an environmental crisis common or uncommon?
- How do our understandings of environments depend on causes—both as ideas of causality and ideas of action?
- What ways of imagining, re-imagining and making our environments are held in common, or perhaps just as valuably, are uncommon?
- What can our common and uncommon cultures contribute in addressing environmental crisis?
- How might we understand culturing as an experiment, and thus as a means of creation and conversation? What might we seek to culture?
- What kinds of environmental commons and means of conversation do we already have, or should we create?