Past ALECC Volunteers

Rachel W. Jekanowski:

Rachel Webb Jekanowski is an interdisciplinary scholar working between film and media studies and the energy humanities. She earned her PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University and works as an Assistant Professor of English at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her scholarly practice is deeply informed by relationships to place and a commitment to social justice. Rachel’s current book project, Cinemas of Extraction: Land, Resources, Settler Imaginaries, examines environmental and colonial entanglements of twentieth-century nontheatrical and documentary filmmaking in North America. Follow her on Twitter @stalebreadzine and find out more about her work at https://rjekanowski.ca.

Cheryl Lousley:

Cheryl Lousley is an Associate Professor cross-appointed between English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University Orillia, which is situated near Mnjikaning, a thousands-of-years-old gathering place for the Anishinaabeg and other peoples. She researches global and Canadian environmental justice and politics as manifest, imagined, and contested in contemporary Canadian, Indigenous, and postcolonial literatures as well as various other cultural and political texts. She is looking forward to publishing her first book, Promised World, Earthly Hearings: Liberal Internationalism, Fugitive Democracy, and Sustainable Development. Her essays appear in Studies in Canadian Literature, Canadian Literature, Canadian Poetry,The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of LiteratureCambridge Companion to Literature and ClimateGreening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in ContextGlobalizations, Environmental Communication, ResilienceTopia, Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches, and Popular Representations of Development, among other places. She has been a Carson Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich; an IASH fellow at the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network; and a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the founding series editor for the Environmental Humanities book series published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press since 2007.

Cheryl Lousley was at the founding meeting of ALECC in 2006, helped organize the Lakehead and University of Saskatchewan ALECC conferences, and served on the executive council as a member-at-large and as president. She is committed to ALECC as a forum for Canadian discussions of the environmental arts and humanities, as a supportive community where graduate students have been the leaders, and as an organization that addresses the intersections of injustice and inequality with lived and imagined environments. 

Joshua Schuster:

Joshua Schuster is an associate professor of English at Western University. He is author of The Ecology of Modernism: American Environments and Avant-Garde Poetics (University of Alabama Press, 2015). He has co-written with Derek Woods the book Calamity Theory: Three Critiques of Existential Risk (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Recent essays have appeared in the journals ResilienceCultural Review StudiesParrhesia, and in edited volumes on Derrida, Roberto Esposito, and contemporary ecopoetics. He is currently finishing a book on the conceptual and cultural meanings of extinction titled What Is Extinction? (Fordham UP, 2023). He is also in the early stages of a new book project on contemporary ecopoetics and the necessity of developing extreme forms of poetic address. Joshua was the Treasurer and an Executive member of ALECC.

Leah Van Dyk:

Leah Van Dyk (she/her) is a doctoral candidate and Killam Laureate in the Department of English at the University of Calgary. She gratefully researches and studies as a settler on the traditional territory of Treaty 7, with her primary research interests located around the environmental humanities and radical revisionings of being in community—both pedagogically and practically—as a model of literary practice. She has recent or forthcoming publications in English Studies in Canada, Research on Diversity in Youth Literatureand Jesmyn Ward: New Critical Essays, is passionate about community projects, and is overly fond of tea. Leah served as the Secretary, Social Media Manager, and an Executive member of ALECC from 2020-2022. Follow Leah on Twitter @leahvandyk.

PREVIOUS ALECC PRESIDENTS

Jennifer Schell, English, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Glenn Wilmott Department of English, Queen’s University

Cheryl Lousley English and Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University

Brett Buchanan School of the Environment, Laurentian University

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.