The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada / Association pour la littÃ©rature, lâ€™environnement et la culture au Canada (ALECC) is a non-profit organization focused on the creation, appreciation, discussion, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge about the work of nature writers, environmental writers and journalists, eco-artists of all disciplines, ecocritics, and ecotheorists in Canada. Collectively they are interested in artistic, critical and cultural studies work on activism, animals, ecology, the environment, environmental justice, geography, land, landscape, mountain literature and culture, nature and nature writing, natural history writing, plants, region, regionalism, the rural, sense of place, transborder environmental issues, wilderness and wilder places, and much more.
Â 2012 ALECC Conference
The 2012 ALECC Conference will be focused on â€œplaceâ€ as an embodied, embedded, troubling, elusive, contested, personal, political, and ecological site in which space + memory = place, in an astonishingly complex range of ways.
The Okanagan was chosen as the location for this conference as it contains one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada and it is home to a vital indigenous culture, the Syilx or Okanagan Nation. Place is acknowledged through the co-hosting of the conference by Okanagan College and the University of British Columbiaâ€™s Okanagan campus. The conference (August 9 â€“ 12) will take place in the largest community in the Okanaganâ€”Kelownaâ€”with workshops and events in Penticton at Okanagan Collegeâ€™s internationally acclaimed zero-carbon footprint building and at the post-secondary indigenous educational institution, the Enâ€™owkin Centre
The ALECC publishes twice a year an online journal, The Goose, with diverse sections, reflecting the contributions and suggestions they receive:
- EditorÂ´s Notebook
- Reviews and Lists of New/Upcoming Publications
- Edge Effects
- Canadian Regional Feature
- The Graduate Network:
If you want to know more about The Goose, contribute or read their previous issues, visit http://www.alecc.ca/goose.php
Cultura21â€²s international network, launched in April 2007, offers the online and offline platform for exchanges and mutual learning among its members.
– Sacha Kagan (based in LÃ¼neburg, Germany) and Rana Ã–ztÃ¼rk (based in Berlin, Germany)
– Oleg Koefoed and Kajsa Paludan (both based in Copenhagen, Denmark)
– Hans Dieleman (based in Mexico-City, Mexico)
– Francesca Cozzolino and David Knaute (both based in Paris, France)