ASLEC-ANZ Executive Committee 2019-2020
Alexis Harley, President
Anna Boswell, Vice-President (New Zealand)
Jennifer Hamilton, Vice-President (Australia)
Alanna Myers, Secretary
Victoria Team, Treasurer
Sarah Tomasetti, Postgraduate Representative
Grace Moore, Immediate Past President
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.
Sarah Tomasetti is a visual artist currently undertaking doctoral research into cultural understandings of the non human world in relation to global warming, with particular reference to mountainous and glacial landscapes undergoing rapid change. Her methodology is driven by pre industrial techniques and materials, such as fresco, encaustic and tempera and her practice draws on processes derived from geological study such as heat, cold, compression and carbonation. In 2014 Sarah Tomasetti established Peradam Projects with artist Heather Hesterman, a collaborative platform staging ephemeral installations and interactive art events designed to engage community participation and discussion. Hesterman and Tomasetti instigated the Slow Melt Project as part of the ClimARTe Festival in 2015. Their work is featured in the publication Art+Climate=Change by Guy Abrahams, Bronwyn Johnson and Kelly Gellatly and their work appeared in ClimARTe 2017. Tomasetti is represented by Australian Galleries in Mekbourne and Sydney and Beaver Galleries in Canberra.
Dr Jennifer Hamilton
Vice President (Australia)
Jennifer Mae Hamilton is a feminist environmental humanities scholar with formal training in literary studies from UNSW. Between 2016-2018 she held linked Postdoctoral fellowships in Gender and Cultural Studies at University of Sydney and in the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney, funded by The Seed Box at Linköping University in Sweden, during this time she also taught ecocriticism at NYU Sydney. 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 in Armidale.
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 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
Victoria Team, MD, MPH, DPH, is a teaching associate at the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University, and a research fellow at Mother and Child Health Research Centre, LaTrobe University. Her research interests are in the area of women’s health and she is the author of the advanced review, Social and public health effects of climate change in the ‘40 South’, recently published in WIREs Climate Change.