Alum Alenda Chang at ASLE 2019

05 Aug, 2019

Alum Alenda Chang at ASLE 2019

Alum Alenda Chang presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment's Thirteenth Biennial Conference at UC Davis June 23rd to 26th.

Alenda chaired "Perishing Twice: Elemental Tensions of Fire and Water in Games," which included papers on "Oil Oceans: Playing Stories of Waste and Contamination," by Kyle Bohunicky, "Shark versus Fiery Apocalypse: Play as Shark in Maneater and The World of Darkness," by Lauren Woolbright, "Adrift Upon a New ARK: SOMA, Dark Ecology, and Impossible Digital Paradises," by Jordan Youngblood, and Alenda's own paper, "Some Say the World Will End in Fire, Some Say in Ice."

More information on this fantastic program can be found here.

Alenda Y. Chang is an Associate Professor in Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. With a multidisciplinary background in biology, literature, and film, she specializes in merging ecocritical theory with the analysis of contemporary media. Her writing has been featured in Ant Spider Bee, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, Qui Parle, the Journal of Gaming & Virtual Worlds, and Ecozon@, and her first book Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games (forthcoming University of Minnesota Press), develops ecological frameworks for understanding and designing digital games.