This summer was a busy one for members of VitA, with three of our members participating in the 2019 Conference of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) at the University of California, Davis.
Preeti Singh delivered her paper, "An Upside-Down Humanism for the Anthropocene: Three Scholar-Activists from India."
Mercedes Chavez delivered an excerpt from her dissertation, "Bugs, Birds, and Trains: Sound, Kelly Reichardt, and the Anthropocene Western," a discussion of how the use of cinematic sound allows space for posthuman interpretation. Mercedes also took part in the Affective Ecocriticism Workshop, exploring affective relationships toward nature, environment, and humanity.
Jordan Lovejoy participated in a workshop that looks to be the future of visual storytelling: "Using Maps in Scholarship and Creative Projects: Integrating ArcGIS Online, Story Map Apps, and Story Map Journals." Using digital technology to represent data, the workshop presented a novel approach to the challenge of imparting data to the public.
More to come on the wonderful experience that was ASLE '19!