Conferences & Events

Ngā Tohu o te Huarere: Conversations Beyond Human Scales

We are excited to announce the 8th ASLEC-ANZ Conference Aotearoa: Ngā Tohu o te Huarere: Conversations Beyond Human Scales hosted by the English and Art History Programmes and the Centre for Science in Society at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.

Ngā Tohu o te Huarere: Conversations Beyond Human Scales will be held from 23-26 November 2021, with partial-day and online-only events on 23-24 November 2021, and in-person, streamed events in Te Whanganui-a-Tara on 25-26 November 2021. For conference attendees in Australia, there will be a Melbourne/Naarm gathering on 26 November 2021.

We invite participants who are willing to think beyond the human, beyond the conference panel, beyond the scale of three days, beyond the bubble … as well as those willing to embrace the situated (albeit distributed and viral) knowledges of the world today. This conference will ask how we might match the scale of our thought with the planet today, from its aggregated histories to its possible futures.

For more information, and to submit a proposal visit:

What is the weather? What is the place of the human in the environmental humanities? When was the weather? Where is the weather? What does it mean to think beyond the human? What if underneath it all were plants, flying creatures, bodies in motion … Or if not plants and creatures but geological sediments, new accretions, symbionts, viruses? Something blowing in the wind? What if, in thinking about the environment, we stretched our methods and our metaphors so that talking about the weather was no longer quite so uncomfortable. What if the way to understand the world today is to step outside of ourselves for just one minute? How long can that minute last? Isn’t there an arrogance in even thinking we can do such a thing?

Proposals due 15 June 2021. Proposal deadline extended to 15 July 2021.

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ASLEC-ANZ runs a biennial conference as well as other smaller events throughout the year.

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