When reflecting on these intertwined day-to-day, multi-decade, centurial, and multi-millennial horizons of nuclear waste risk all at the same time, a different set of sensibilities emerges. Namely, it becomes evident how relatively short-term events like unanticipated deaths, retirements of key experts, obsolescence of information storage technologies, and surprise career-changes can potentially shake nuclear waste management projects’ stabilities.
This session of the ECC will focus on the pressing problem of food waste. Using the thinking around the coming of age of experimental cuisine—that traditional and experimental techniques should be understood and learned with the same importance so that the best tool/technique/solution can be used to solve a problem most appropriately—we will explore how both traditional and experimental methods can be employed to mitigate food waste.
This panel seeks to explore the possibilities for an anthropology of the “repair worlds” that are “growing at the margins, breakpoints, and interstices of complex sociotechnical systems as they creak, flex, and bend their way through time.”
Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism is a journal that explores the relationship between literary, artistic and popular culture and concepts of the environment. They are concerned with aesthetics, metaphors, representations and rhetorics of waste in their newest special issue dedicated to “junk and composting.”
A comparison of national waste statistics shows undeniable differences between countries. However, such statistics are in many ways misleading and highlights differences that may actually not be there.
The petri dish was made for separation. As part of its ability to make separations between the contaminated world outside and the uncontaminated world inside, the dish also assisted in separating individuals from disease. These days, it’s getting harder for petri dishes to maintain these separations.
Many of the points made in the article can be made about contamination concerns for other types of waste, and particularly how industrial narratives complicate what “the commons” is, what it is for, and how it works. Here, wastelands become productive lands undergirding development of what is already valued at a local level.
Galison argues that the categories of wastelands and wilderness are far from dichotomous; that their relation is far more intriguing (and disturbing) than a binary of purity and corruption. Removing parts of the earth in perpetuity – for reasons of sanctification or despoilment – alters a central feature of the human self, presenting us in a different relation to the physical world, and raising irreducible questions about who we are when land can be classified, forever, as not for us humans
We invite submissions that explore some of the following questions: what different temporalities are evoked by underground extraction and contamination? How do states, corporations, communities, and scholars deal with underground contamination when potential problems will only become known and seeable at some unpredictable point in the future? How is the underground made visible through different representative practices, discourses of expertise, and novel scientific techniques? In situations of sometimes radical unknowability and uncertainty, how do parties to controversies about underground contamination stake out their positions? How is risk conceptualized, highlighted, mitigated, and dismissed?
As the excesses, effluents, and excreta of larger social spheres are discounted, discarded, and denigrated, what happens at those margins where they recirculate? This panel explores how the materialities of waste, rubbish, debris, refuse, castoffs, and pollution enable new forms of sociality in these “free” spaces, marked by radical politics of belonging, adaptation, and survival.
What we perhaps did not realize, as we geared up our initial response, was how deep the partnerships between all stakeholders would become. As months went by and debris washed up piece by piece, the scenarios and plans turned to real action. The action became more routine and the coordination more efficient. What has happened, in the three years we have worked on this issue, is that we now have a solid network of marine debris responders in our Pacific states.