Swamphen: a Journal of Cultural Ecology (ASLEC–ANZ)

Journal History

Swamphen came into being in 2019, following the biennial conference "Grounding Story", under the expanded editorship of  Kate Middleton, Alanna Myers, Christine Owen, Robyn Maree Pickens, Susan Pyke and Hayley Singer. Our refreshed name refers to the Australasian swamphen (Porphyrio melanotus), known as the pūkeko in Māori language and the kwilom in Noongar language. Under its previous name, AJE: the Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, the founding editors were CA. Cranston, with Barbara Holloway, and Lorraine Shannon. CA. Cranston also took on the Journal Manager role. The contents of that first issue of AJE (2011) were papers from the 'Sounding the Earth' Conference, Launceston, Tasmania (2010). Prior to April 2016, AJE was hosted by the National Library of Australia. It now resides at the University of Sydney Library.