06/29/08: DelVal Hosts International Conference: “Keyboard in the Garden”

May 22, 2008

Delaware Valley College will host an international literary conference, titled "The Keyboard in the Garden: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Literature and Mediated Nature," June 27 through June 29 on the Doylestown campus.

The event is an off-year symposium of The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) and will include over 30 presenters from around the world, including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Annie Merrill Ingram, associate professor of English at Davidson College and former director of Davidson's Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, will give a keynote address Friday, June 27. Paper sessions will run throughout Saturday on topics such as nature and design, city and national parks, formal, informal and vegetable gardens, landscape design and designers, botanical gardens, gardens as archetypes, as metaphors, gardens of earthly delights, and creative writing including fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Saturday wraps up with a banquet, followed by musical performances by the Bucks County Folk Music Society. The conference will conclude Sunday with a field trip to Bartram's Gardens and Chanticleer Gardens in Philadelphia.

Founded in 1992, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) promotes the exchange of ideas and information about literature and other cultural representations that consider human relationships with the natural world. ASLE encourages and seeks to facilitate both traditional and innovative scholarly approaches to environmental literature and eco-critical approaches to all cultural representations of nature and interdisciplinary environmental research, including discussions among literary scholars, environmental historians, economists, journalists, philosophers, psychologists, art historians, scientists and scholars in other relevant disciplines.

For more information or to register, contact conference organizer, Dr. Richard Hunt, assistant professor in the English Department at Delaware Valley College, at