Call for entries: INSPIRE and ASLE-UKI Public Lecture Competition - Literature and Sustainability. Closing date 15 February 2013

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Public Lecture Competition:
INSPIRE (Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness, University of Wales Trinity Saint David) PRESENTS
The 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability
SUPPORTED BY ASLE-UKI (Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK & Ireland).
Winning lecture to be delivered at: the 2013 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye.

The Institute of Sustainable Practice and Resource Effectiveness at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK & Ireland) invite entries to a public lecture competition on the subject of literature and sustainability. The winning lecture will be delivered at the 2013 Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye.

The Brundtland Report (1987) defined sustainable development as 'development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.' Since then, the concept of 'sustainability' has entered a wide range of spheres within socio-politico-cultural life as an idea that aims to recalibrate models of living, that is focused around interrelations between economy, society and environment, and that has the general aim of safeguarding human and non-human life as well as the planetary home. Notionally a catalyst for change, 'sustainability' can also be a buzzword, a smokescreen, a tick in a box, a fundraiser. In seeking out action in the present that functions to ensure a future, 'sustainability' poses fundamental questions for both environmental and socio-cultural practice.

This competition invites entrants to submit the text of a half-hour public lecture that considers the potential relationship between literary study and the sustainability debate. A wide range of approaches to this issue is welcome. However, entrants should bear in mind that the primary aim of the lecture should be to investigate literary-critical practice within the context of issues raised by questions about sustainability.

The competition seeks to further scholarly activity in the field of environmentally-informed literary criticism. As such, entries will be judged according to the highest academic standards. However, material submitted must also strive to be accessible to an audience that may range from interested lay-people to professional literary critics and sustainability practitioners.

The winner of the competition will be invited to deliver her/his submission as 'The 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability' at the 2013 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 23 May–2 June 2013). Delivery of the lecture itself will be followed by a public discussion between the competition winner and Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE and former Welsh Minister of Sustainability. (For the Hay Festivals website, see:

The competition will be judged by Dr Adeline Johns-Putra (Chair of ASLE-UKI), Dr Matthew Jarvis (Anthony Dyson Fellow in Poetry, TSD), and Dr Paul Wright (Head of the School of Cultural Studies, TSD). The winner will be announced at the ASLE-UKI one-day symposium on literature and sustainability, which will be held on the Lampeter campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David on 15 March 2013. For details of the symposium, including how to register for the event, see:

Entry to the competition is free, but must be accompanied by an official entry form. Only one entry per person is permitted. The closing date for receipt of entries is 15 February 2013. For an entry form, as well as full terms and conditions, see the competition web page: