Regarding the Earth: Ecological Vision in Word and Image

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    Date(s) - 31 Aug 2012 until 2 Sep 2012
    12:00 AM - 12:00 AM



    4th ASLEC-ANZ Biennial Conference
    in association with RMIT and Monash Universities

    August 31 to September 2, 2012

    Following on from ‘Sounding the Earth: Music, Language, and Acoustic Ecology’ (Launceston, 2010), the 2012 ASLEC-ANZ conference, co-hosted by RMIT and Monash Universities, continues an ecological exploration of the senses with a focus on vision. Papers will consider the ecological implications of different ways of perceiving, imagining, valuing and representing Earth, whether understood as planet, place or collective, comprising a multiplicity of more-than-human entities, agencies and processes.

    The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture (Australia-New Zealand) is a multi-disciplinary organisation, and the conference will include contributions from a wide range of research fields, including ecophilosophy, environmental history, cultural geography, religion and ecology, science studies and art history, as well as ecocritical literary and cultural studies.

    The conference will open with a public forum at RMIT on ‘Re-Imagining the Global: Culture and Climate Change’ on Friday evening, 31st August, at which Ursula Heise and Tim Morton will also be speaking.

    The Call for Papers has now closed, but enquires can be directed to

    Selected papers will be published in a special edition of the new journal AJE (Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology).

    Keynote Speakers

    • Professor Ursula Heise (UC Stanford)
    • Professor Timothy Morton (UC Davis)

    Plenary Speakers

    • Darryn McEvoy (RMIT U)
    • Harry Nankin (RMIT U)
    • Clive Hamilton (Charles Sturt University)
    • Adeline Johns-Putra (U of Exeter)
    • Freya Mathews (La Trobe U)
    • Linda Williams (RMIT U)


    Cost of Registration:

    A$235 (waged)
    A$140 (student/unwaged)

    Cost includes GST and one year’s new or renewing membership of ASLEC-ANZ. Register online here.

    Conference Dinner

    The conference dinner will be held on Saturday night, from 7.15, at a classically Melbourne Italian restaurant in the city centre: The Mess Hall (51 Bourke St.). The cost will be around $50 per head (including entree, main and 1-2 glasses of wine), and will be payable in cash on the night. You can register your intention to attend and indicate preferences for the main meal by Wednesday 29 August 16.00 here.


    Final program and abstracts are now available. Download them below:

    Pre-Conference Tours


    Both venues are easily accessed by public transport (as outlined on the Venues websites listed below). For travel on all Melbourne trams, trains and most buses, it is most convenient to purchase a Myki Card Travel with a myki on weekends is $3.30 per day, all zones. So the cost of the myki ($6) plus transport on weekends will total $12.60.


    Friday August 31, 5.15-7.30
    Free public forum “Rethinking the Global: Culture and Climate Change”
    Lecture Theatre, Storey Hall, 342-344 Swanston Street, RMIT University
    Venue Information

    Saturday – Sunday September 1 and 2:
    Monash University, Caulfield, Building H
    Venue Information


    The following hotels are close to “City Loop” train stations and offer good “early bird” specials:

    The Victoria Hotel (Little Collins St, c. 15 mins walk from Flinders St. Station): $103-130

    Punthill Flinders Lane (Flinders Lane, c. 5 mins walk from Flinders St. Station): $140-149

    Mercure (Spring St, c. 5 mins walk from Parliament Station on Collins): $107-154

    Mercure Welcome (Little Bourke St., c. 10 mins walk from Melbourne Central) $109-159