Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / Association pour la littérature, l’environnement et la culture au Canada
June 15-19, 2022
University of Saskatchewan
At the heart of Saskatoon, on Treaty 6 territory and the homeland of the Métis.
Currents + Flows
Ecologies, Creativities, and Materials
“water has a syntax / a middle voice”
– RITA WONG, “PACIFIC FLOW,” UNDERCURRENT
Currents and flows possess material histories and possibilities as they gain expression and traction through figurative language and other signifying forms. River currents. Electrical currents. Air currents with wildfire smoke. Ocean currents. Shipping channels. Ports of call. Finance flows. Pipeline flows. Speculative markets. Speculative fictions. Historical undercurrents. Climate thresholds in current affairs. Toxic flows through watersheds. Narrative streams. Poetic circuits. We invite submissions that explore the environmental humanities, literature, creative writing, and the environmental arts from any perspective. Proposals that engage with these priority areas are encouraged:
- Blue Humanities
- Globalization Studies
- Settler-Colonial Studies
- Disability Studies
- Anti-Racism and Decolonization Activism and Pedagogy
- Energy Studies
- Critical Animal and Plant Studies
- Diaspora and Migration Studies
- Urban Studies
- Media Studies
For 2022, we have implemented a new approach, using forums. Please see the conference website for details.
The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC) views the cuts made to Laurentian University faculty and programs as appalling. They undermine Laurentian University’s longstanding contributions to environmental and social justice work in Sudbury, across Ontario, and throughout Canada. We view the elimination of the following as especially egregious losses: the School of the Environment, the School of Midwifery, Indigenous studies, Francophone studies, and most of the humanities and social sciences. Local and global ecosystems are fundamentally connected to health care, Indigenous leadership, and humanist as well as scientific knowledge. These programs, which are nationally and internationally known, have been built by dedicated scholars, students, and community members. The decades of outstanding work done in these programs is being tossed aside by expedient budget cuts.
Continue reading “ALECC Statement on Laurentian University”
ALECC stands in solidarity with Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) and the protests for racial justice in the United States, Canada, and beyond. We support their expressions of grief and outrage for the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, D’Andre Campbell, and Chantel Moore, along with so many others. We condemn the deeply entrenched, systemic racism that pervades American and Canadian institutions of law enforcement, and we denounce the police violence enacted upon the bodies of Black and Brown people as a result. We support the protesters in their demands for justice for the victims of this violence, both those whose names we know and those whose names we do not. Their lives matter.
Continue reading “ALECC’s Commitment to Anti-Racism”