Grounding Story Conference

7th Biennial Association for the Study of Literature, Environment and Culture Conference

Hosted by English Literary Studies (Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education).


Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 February 2019
University of New England, Armidale NSW, AUSTRALIA

Early-bird registrations

Early-bird registrations close 24 December 2018.


Dr Jennifer Mae Hamilton (UNE)
Dr Alexis Harley (La Trobe)
Dr Stephen Harris (UNE)
Dr Grace Moore (Otago)
Dr Kate Wright (UNE)

About this conference

Grounding Story is a meeting of scholars, artists, writers and activists who critically explore the relationship between – storytelling  across literary, non-fiction, visual and performative forms – and environmental change.

The conference will explore how the stuff of the world weaves itself into story, and how story can materially transform the world. It also asks: what do we want these stories to do?

Overall, the presentations will critique the notion that storytelling is inherently good or useful and, at the same time, seek to affirm its vital role in movements for social and environmental change.

More information about the conference.

Keynote events 

Daytime events (on campus)

A daytime program will be drafted by the end of November 2018 and will include:

  • A plenary panel with scholars, activists and Elders from the Anaiwan Language Revival Program.
  • Keynotes: Prof. Greta Gaard, A/Prof Thom van Dooren, Dr Daniel Hikuroa and Alison Whittaker.

Evening events (in town)

  • Wednesday 13 February
    TBC evening exhibition event.
  • Thursday 14 February
    An afternoon 'walkshop' between three local garden projects and conference dinner.
  • Friday 15 February
    A special screening of soda_jerk's controversial and critically acclaimed film Terror Nullius and closing drinks.

Program information will be available at the end of November. Please check back.

Travel / Accommodation

Travel to Armidale

Armidale is Anaiwan Country, and the Anaiwan share custodianship of these lands with the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti and Kamilaroi nations. 

We pay our respect to all of their Elders: past, present and emerging.

Welcome to Anaiwan Country

Daŋgana ndaga? Nyaŋa ndaga waŋan?

[How are you? What brings you here?]

Find out more about the Anaiwan Language Revival Program. If you would like to explore the region, visit the Armidale Tourism website.

Conference venue: Arts Building (E11) and Oorala Aboriginal Centre at the University of New England (Armidale campus), Armidale NSW 2351, AUSTRALIA.

Travel information: for travel to and around Armidale please consult: Travelling To Armidale

UNE's Armidale campus

For more information about the Armidale Campus and Facilities browse the information provided at Campus Life.

Getting around Armidale — travel options to the campus

Taxis — Armidale Cabs offers a taxi service throughout Armidale and Uralla. The phone number is 131 008. A fare from the airport to the CBD or to the University is approximately $25 (estimate only).

Buses — a bus service runs from Armidale town to the UNE campus at $2 per trip. View the timetable. The conference will also be providing a complimentary shuttle bus service for some of the travel. Details and timetables TBC in January 2019.

Car — major car hire companies operate in Armidale from Armidale airport or in town. You'll need to pay for parking on the Armidale campus. Casual parking is $8 per day or $15 per week.

Cycling — there are bike hire options in town and fairly easy cycling along the creek to the university. Try contacting Armidale Bicycle Centre or Bicycle Central on Marsh.

Walking — Google suggests it is a 55-minute walk from town to the campus along the creek path or nearby roads. Reliable walking maps will be available closer to the time.


Accommodation is available in Armidale or on campus. The campus is approximately 5km from the central bus stop in Armidale. There is a wide range of accommodation in Armidale to suit all budgets. Please consult the Armidale Tourist Information Centre for more information.

Note: All evening events will be held  in town. We'll provide transport from the university to town at the end of each day. For this reason, we recommend staying in town. There are more food options and more things to do in the evenings in town than on campus.

In Armidale town

City Centre Motel Inn in central Armidale has offered a 25% discount up to $100 for ASLEC-ANZ delegates. Use the code ASLEC13-15

Rural Stay (B&B and self-contained accommodation options in Armidale)

Cotswold Gardens, 34 Marsh St,  +612 6772 8222

Quality Hotel Powerhouse, 31 Marsh St,  +612 6772 7788

Lindsay House, 128 Faulkner St, +612 6771 4554

Sandstock Motor Inn, 101 Dumaresq St,  +612 6772 9988

Abbotsleigh Inn, 76 Barney St,  +612 6772 9488

Near the airport (private transport recommended)

Moore Park Inn, 63 Moore Park Lane, +612 6772 2358

There is a wide range of accommodation in Armidale to suit all budgets. Please consult the Armidale Tourist Information Centre for more information.


Conference registration period and costs






Early bird
(until 24 December)

($135 reg. + $25 ASLEC-ANZ fee)

($220 reg. + $40 ASLEC-ANZ fee)


Normal rate
(December 25 until conference)

($165 reg. + $25 ASLEC-ANZ fee)

($270 reg. + $40 ASLEC-ANZ fee)


Day rate
(non-presenters only)




Concessions are available for:

  • casual and fractionally appointed academics
  • students (undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • secondary school teachers
  • high school students accompanied by a teacher, parent, or guardian
  • retirees.

The conference registration fee covers:

  • conference attendance from 13-15 February 2019
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • a conference pack
  • entry to a screening of Terror Nullius
  • 'walkshop' event on the 14th and the Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden event on 15th.

Excluded from the conference price:

Conference dinner: $50


Non-conference participants can join us for the screening of Terror Nullius. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for concessions.

Student subsidies for travel

There are 3 x $200 bursaries for overland travel to the conference for students or casual/fractional ECRs. Email prior to 25 January 2019 for details.