ASLEC-ANZ Executive Committee 2019-2020
Alexis Harley, President
Anna Boswell, Vice-President (New Zealand)
Jennifer Hamilton, Vice-President (Australia)
Alanna Myers, Managing Coordinator
Victoria Team, Treasurer
Rachel Fetherston, Postgraduate Representative
Kathrin Bartha, Postgraduate Representative
Grace Moore, Immediate Past President
Jessica White, Newsletter Editor
Sue Pyke, Editor of Swamphen: A Journal of Cultural Ecology
Dr Alexis Harley
Alexis Harley lectures in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University, Melbourne. She’s the author of Autobiologies: Charles Darwin and the Natural History of the Self (Bucknell University Press, 2014), associate editor of Life Writing, and the annotating editor of an anthology of nineteenth-century responses to the life and work of William Blake. Current work concerns how nineteenth-century aesthetics shaped the representation – or disavowal – of species extinction, ecological change, and climate change in that century. She’s also co-editing a collection of essays on bees in nineteenth-century literature and culture.
Dr Jennifer Hamilton
Vice President (Australia)
Jennifer Mae Hamilton is a feminist environmental humanities scholar with formal training in literary studies. Her first book, This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017) investigates the dynamic role of the storm in this iconic play. Her current research and writing continues this interest in weather, bodies, emotions and the politics of representation. Her most recent sole-authored publications are in Shakespeare Bulletin (36.3) and JASAL (18.1), and co-authoring with Astrida Neimanis, you can find work in Environmental Humanities (10.2), Feminist Review (118.1) and The Goose (17.1). She is currently a lecturer in English literary studies at the University of New England, Armidale.
Dr Alanna Myers
Alanna Myers is a sessional lecturer and researcher in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD, ‘A Pinprick on the Peninsula’: Place, Media and Environmental Conflict at James Price Point, in 2016. Her research interests include environmental communication, indigenous and postcolonial studies, and cultural representations of wilderness and industrialisation. Alanna has edited the ASLEC-ANZ newsletter since mid-2016, overseeing the transition to a members-only publication. She also served as Postgraduate Representative for 2015-16. Alanna also works as a communications consultant in the not-for-profit/arts sector.
Dr Victoria Team
Dr Victoria Team is Research Fellow at Monash Partners. She is engaging with Monash Partners health services to enhance pressure injury surveillance through more effective capture of data. Victoria trained as a medical doctor in Europe and practiced in Africa for almost 10 years. Since completing her doctorate, she has been involved in research in women’s health and, lately, in the field of wound management. She coordinates an NHMRC-funded project in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, focusing on the translation of evidence-based practice in venous leg ulcer management into general practices in Victoria (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rachel Fetherston is a PhD candidate in literary studies at Deakin University investigating the representation of the nonhuman in Australian ecofiction and the potential impact that such fiction has on the reader’s relationship with nature. Her research includes considerations of speculative and science fiction, crime fiction, multispecies studies, and the intersection of literary theory and nature connection. She is also a freelance writer and co-founder of Remember The Wild, a non-profit focused on engaging Australians with the natural world.
Dr Grace Moore
Immediate Past President
Grace Moore (ORCID: 0000-0001-5807-1475) is a senior lecturer in Victorian studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Grace works on many aspects of Victorian literature and culture and has published on fires, emotions and the environment, acclimatization and animal studies. She is at present writing a book about the novelist Anthony Trollope and the environment. Prior to her arrival at Otago, Grace taught at the University of Melbourne for fourteen years and she was, most recently, a senior research fellow with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. She has also taught at the University of Idaho, USA and the University of Bristol, UK.
Dr Jessica White
Jessica White is the author of the novels A Curious Intimacy (2007) and Entitlement (2012) and a hybrid memoir, Hearing Maud (2019). Her essays, short stories and poems have appeared widely in Australian and international literary journals and have been shortlisted or longlisted for prizes. Jessica is also the recipient of funding from Arts Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts and has undertaken residencies in Tasmania and Rome. She is currently based at The University of Queensland where she is writing an ecobiography of Western Australia’s first female scientist, 19th century botanist Georgiana Molloy.
Dr Sue Pyke
Editor, Swamphen: A Journal of Cultural Ecology
Sue teaches creative writing, literary criticism and environmental studies at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of Animal Visions: Posthumanist Dream Writing (Palgrave Macmillan 2019) and the general editor ofSwamphen, our biennial journal. Sue is currently working on a longer piece that responds to the tiger snakes of the Stony Rises in Djargurd wurrung country and is also struggling to write some kind of memoir that does justice to her mother’s story telling. For publication details see https://unimelb.academia.edu/
Kathrin Bartha is a joint PhD candidate at Monash University and Goethe-University (Frankfurt, Germany). Her PhD is about reading the Anthropocene in Australian literature, and about understanding literature through the Anthropocene debate. Kathrin works on Extinction/Regeneration, Bioethics/Technology, Pollution, and Environmental Justice and Ethics. She is also interested in trans-cultural, world literary studies and Ecocriticism.