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The Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture, Australia and New Zealand, is an affiliate of ASLE, an international, interdisciplinary organisation.

Our membership comprises writers, artists, cinematographers, and musicians and academics working across disciplines the environmental arts and humanities, including literary and cultural studies, art history and theory, history, science and technology studies, anthropology, queer, feminist and anti-colonial theory, philosophy and cultural geography.

At the start of 2022 we began a collective process to decolonise the organisation. This is a slow process. So far it has manifested as a new editorial policy for the journal Swamphen and feedback on submissions to conference that include Indigenous content but are by non-Indigenous scholars to let them know of our commitment to decolonising our methods.

ASLEC-ANZ is devoted to:

  • Fostering scholarly and creative work that explores the relationship between human cultures, natural history and planetary ecologies;
  • Sharing information and ideas about how the arts and humanities are responding to the global environmental crisis;
  • Encouraging discussion, publications and practices responding to environmental issues and natural history from diverse creative, critical and cultural perspectives; and
  • Promoting the role of critical arts scholarship and creative practice in the interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities.

The purpose of ASLEC-ANZ is to share information and ideas on the human relationship with non-human ecologies through literature, the arts and humanities in Australia and Aotearoa

ASLEC-ANZ aims to encourage ecologically informed scholarship, environmental critique and cultural practices in writing, art and film. Increasingly, it aims to support the way the arts and humanities are responding to climate change and the global erosion of biodiversity. ASLEC-ANZ also seeks to forge stronger connections between the humanities and sciences.

Membership of ASLEC-ANZ includes an annual Members Directory, monthly email newsletters on items of interest, a biennial conference, membership privileges at the ASLE (US) conference, and reduced subscription to their journal, ISLE.

Our peer-reviewed journal Swamphen: A Journal of Cultural Ecology is published through the University of Sydney at


Click to download ASLEC-ANZ By-laws 2023