Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / Association pour la littérature, l'environnement et la culture au Canada


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.

Culture, Justice, and Environment

Wednesday, August 6th – Sunday, August 10th at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay

In his provocative book Slow Violence (2011), literary scholar Rob Nixon argues that new vocabularies, images, and narrative modes and figures must emerge in order to adequately describe and respond to environmental violence and injustice, such as the loss of livelihoods due to deforestation, poisoned waterways, or climate change… (read more)