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



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.

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The Goose.

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’s Organization

ALECC is a Not-for-Profit organization, following the rules, regulations and guidelines set out in our constitution as developed in 2007.

ALECC’s Executive

President: Cheryl Lousley English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University

Vice-President: Glenn Wilmott Department of English, Queen’s University

Treasurer: Joshua Schuster Department of English and Writing Studies, Western University

Past President: Brett Buchanan School of the Environment, Laurentian University

Secretary: Richard Pickard Department of English, University of Victoria

Member at Large: Molly Wallace Department of English, Queen’s University

Member at Large: Paul Huebener English, Athabasca 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

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

Norah Bowman Interdisciplinary Studies, Okanagan College

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.

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ALECC Affiliates

ALECC is part of an international network of scholarly associations in literature and environment:

Canadian Organizations / Publications

ALECC is part of an environmental studies community in Canada. Here are some other environmental studies organizations and publications:

Canadian Studies Resources

International Resources