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Watershed, lit., fig.: Online ALECC Conference

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“Watershed, lit., fig.” is the theme of the 2020 Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada (ALECC) conference.

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“Watershed, lit., fig.” is an interdisciplinary conference of environmental humanities and literary scholars, creative writers, artists, and environmental activists. As watersheds refer to crucial periods or turning points, as well as to drainage basins for water and the land situated immediately between rivers, “Watershed, lit., fig.” provides a compelling opportunity to discuss physical watersheds in terms of the crucial period we are living through, marked by climate, extinction, and migration emergencies, new political formations, and shifting forms of writing, media, mediation, and data.

This online conference will feature a keynote by poet Rita Wong with live discussion, and a headline event with writers Trevor Herriot, Louise Halfe, and Candace Savage. The conference will also feature "Word Splash," a celebration of Métis and First Nations Writing organized by the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers' Circle. Our art, film and literary events, keynotes, and asynchronous panels, as well as attendant discussion forums, will be available to audiences and presenters for the duration of the conference, July 8-22, 2020.

See our conference website for the full program: https://conferences.usask.ca/alecc2020/

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors and funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, and Lakehead University.

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