A Safety Case Expert’s Office Desk.

When Deep Time Becomes Shallow: Knowing Nuclear Waste Risk Ethnographically

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Experimental Cuisine Collective on Food Waste 5/21 in Philadelphia

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CFP: What Will an Anthropology of Maintenance and Repair Look Like? April 15

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Special issue of Green Letters on junk and composting

Treatment of municipal solid waste in EU27 (2008). Used with permission from Profu.

Misleading waste statistics

“The Era of Antibiotics” by Robert A. Thom, 1950s.

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Photo by Staten Isand Advance/Steve White. January 4, 2013.

Commissioner of NYC’s Department of Sanitation on Hurricane Sandy

Nuclear power plant  in Olkiluoto.

New Article- Tale taming radioactive fears: Linking nuclear waste disposal to the “continuum of the good”

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Waste-Wilderness: A Conversation between Peter Galison and Smudge Studio

Edward Burtynsky, SOCAR Oil Fields #4, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2006

CFP: The Politics of Underground Extraction and Contamination

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CFP: Socialities of Waste: Producing Vibrant Life, Matter, and Value in “Free” Spaces

Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsunami that struck Sendai airport in northern Japan on Friday March 11, 2011. Image by By Kansan Staff.

Where Are We Now? Tsunami Debris Three Years Later

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New Book! Home Sweat Home: Perspectives on Housework and Modern Relationships

E-waste flows, 2012. Image from Lepawsky 2014.

Myopic spatial politics in dominant narratives of e-waste

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Archive Alert! Chicago Recycling Coalition

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Crowdsourcing light pollution data: A means of infrastructure awareness?

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Article Alert- The Sydney Metropolitan Strategy as a zoning technology: analyzing the spatial and temporal dimensions of obsolescence

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Calling All Readers: Discard Studies Fiction?

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Article Alert-Becoming Pure: The Civil Sphere, Media Practices and Constructing Civil Purification

Paris Underground. Photo: Hugo Clément.

Questions arising from discards and ‘An Inquiry into Modes of Existence’

Screenshot of interactive data visualization from the Guardian. Graphic by Duncan Clark and Kiln, drawing on work by Mike Bostock and Jason Davies.

Solutions to waste and the problem of scalar mismatches

Single Stream, by Pawel Wojtasik, Toby Lee & Ernst Karel

Waste, and Other Forms of Management @ NYC Anthology Film Archives

Nimbus II, 2012. By Berndnaut Smilde.

A Taxonomy of Unformed Objects

iWitness Pollution Map

It Doesn’t Take a Fireman to Spot a Fire: Fighting Pollution with Citizen Science

Awareness campaign on food waste.

Against Awareness, For Scale: Garbage is Infrastructure, Not Behavior

Tailing ponds from Alberta tar sands.

CFP: Anthropocenic Discards and the Hydrocarbon Economy

Methylmercury in liquid form.

CFP: Ecologies and Material Politics of the Inorganic @ 4S/ESOCITE 2014

1982, Warren County PCB march. From ncpcbarchives.com

CFP: Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom-up

Guernica, Pablo Picasso, 1937.

Special issue of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Destruction, Art, and the Doomsday Clock

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San Francisco’s Famous 80% Waste Diversion Rate: Anatomy of an Exemplar

Image from The Funambulist by Léopold Lambert.

A Review of Infrapolitics: The Social Life of Water in Mumbai

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Article alert- Undocumented migration, use wear, and the materiality of habitual suffering in the Sonoran Desert

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Book Alert- Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste

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CFP: Sustainable Waste Management Systems @ AAG

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Discard Studies at the American Association of Anthropologists (AAA): Nov 20-24th

From the "Remnants After the Storm" series by Wyatt Gallery. http://www.wyattgallery.com

The visual culture of post-disaster high water marks

People wait on line to collect food and water at a distribution point in Coney Island in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on November 3, 2012. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Hoarding Discourse in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

A sanitation worker teams up with members of the National Guard to clear debris in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

Sanitation Workers: Hurricane Sandy’s First Responders

Post-Sandy "short dump" at Jacob Riis Park. November 13, 2012. Photo by Michael Anton, DSNY.

Trash, debris, or neither? The Nature of Waste During Disaster

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Article Alert- The ruins of Erskine Beveridge

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Bibliography on Noise Pollution

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Installation @ AAA: Urban Infrastructure: Obsolescence and Futurity Walking Tour

Image from photo-narrative project "Chasing Sanitation"

Tales from Our Trash: Sanitation Workers, Sustainable Cities, and the Value of Knowledge

California Air Resources Board Laboratory, Los Angeles, in 1973.

Discard Studies as Science and Technology Studies (STS)

"Dust" by Michael Marder. "No matter how much you fight against it, dust pervades everything. It gathers in even layers, adapting to the contours of things and marking the passage of time. In itself, it is also a gathering place, a random community of what has been and what is yet to be, a catalog of traces and a set of promises: dead skin cells and plant pollen, hair and paper fibers, not to mention dust mites who make it their home. And so, dust blurs the boundaries between the living and the dead, plant and animal matter, the inside and the outside, you and the world (“for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return”). This book treats one of the most mundane and familiar phenomena, showing how it can provide a key to thinking about existence, community, and justice today."

Object Lessons

Fresh Kills, 1973. Photo by Chester Higgins

A history of New York City’s solid waste management in photographs

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CFP: Global Garbage: Excess, Waste, and Abandonment in the Contemporary City

"Bodie Ghost Town" by artist Ben Pacificar.

Arrested Decay: The Exorcism of an American Ghost Town

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CFP: Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference

Jeff Wall, The Destroyed Room, 1978. Glenstone.

Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 @ The Hirshhorn Museum

Remembrance Code from Funeral Innovations.

CFP: Corpses, Technologies, and Cultures

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CFP: After 400 ppm: Science, Politics, and Social Natures in the Anthropocene

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Global Garbage Conference

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New Edited Volume on Imperial Debris: On Ruins and Ruination

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CFP AAG: Waste Regimes: The Material and Political Waste Which We Live by in Different Localities- Oct 12

Rag cart. (1896). Photo: Alice Austen. NYPL.

Waste Studies at SHOT 2013, October 2013

Photo from last year's 4S conference in Copenhagen.

Discard Studies at Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) 2013

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Fixers Collective in Boston October 5!

Kississing Lake, northern Manitoba, Canada. Polluted by mine tailings. Photo by Jon Gerrard.

Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program

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lo Squaderno special edition on Garbage & Wastes

Piles of shaved bricks in Red Army Camp. March 2010. Photo by Shih-yang Kao.

Review: The City Recycled: The Afterlives of Demolished Buildings in Post-war Beijing

Research team sniffs the mulch. Different ages of compost smell very differently.

The Decompository at the Arnold Arboretum

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Body Burdens, Biomonitoring, and Biocitizenship

A view of the Perungudi dump yard in Chennai. File photo from The Hindu.

Chennai Waste, Part 3: Perungudi: A fortress of trash

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Chennai Waste, Part 2: The rural urban divide and caste politics

Photograph by Ashwini Srinivasamohan.

Chennai Waste, Part 1: Informally tracking the trash in Mylapore

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Ruin Memories Portfolio online

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CFP: Urban Sanitation Before the Sanitary Revolution

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Plastic Bag Ban Report Call for Papers

Edward Burtynsky. Silver Lake Operations #2, Lake Lefroy, Western Australia, 2007.

Article Alert- Zombie Mines and the (Over)burden of History

Photograph by icaryn.

Reminder- CFP: Discard Studies Handybook – August 31

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Research Fellowship: ‘The Skin of Commerce: the role of plastic packaging in the construction of food security, waste and consumer activism in Australia.’

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Twenty-first century nuisance law and the continued entanglement of race, gender, property, and violence

Thai Buddha amulet, c.1920. "This small pottery amulet has an image in relief of Somdej, a Buddhist monk and son to King Rama II, meditating on a coiled snake, and was found in a temple in Siam (Modern Thailand) in the first part of the 19th century. These are typically found snugly fitted into tiny metal frames, allowing the amulet to be worn by a worshiper. In this case, the metal frame broke off and the owner or a tinker came up with a fast and economical remedy by encasing the amulet in what looks like small scale chicken wire."

Inventive repair, or, the aesthetics of material hacks

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Waste & Indeterminacy at the Canadian Association of Geographers Conference

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Article Alert- Reckoning with ruins

Marianne Holm Hansen, For the Record, ongoing

Discard Studies guest authors

J. Campbell Cory, The Cartoonist’s Art, 1911.

A review of The Perfect Food and the Filth Disease: Milk, Typhoid Fever, and the Science of State Medicine in Victorian Britain, 1850-1900

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Litterati: A Digital Landfill of Good-Looking Trash

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Institute for Figuring: Workshop creating sea creatures from plastic trash Aug 3, LA

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Article Alert- Mountaintop Removal as a Case Study: The Possibilities for Public Advocacy through Virtual Toxic Tours

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Call for short papers: The Discard Studies Handybook

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CFP: The Urban Economy: Networks, Flows and Place

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The Plastisphere and other 21st century waste ecosystems

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Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic

Photo by Matthew Christopher. www.abandonedamerica.us

The Atemporality of “Ruin Porn”: The Carcass & the Ghost by Sarah Wanenchak

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Paradoxurus, or the best cup of joe

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E-waste Academy for Scientists and Social Scientists (deadline July 31)

Portion of ceramic. Photograph by Max Liboiron.

Detritus from Historic Deadhorse Bay: Trash Meant to be Left Behind

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Waste as Profit & Alternative Economies

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IDEAS City: Waste

Photograph by icaryn.

CFP: Garbage & Wastes: lo Squaderno

Michigan Theatre, Detroit, MI. 2008. Photo by Sean Hemmerle. http://seanhemmerle.com/

Call for NCPH Roundtable Participants: Innovative Reuse in the Post-Industrial City

Illustration: Carin Goldberg, from Wired Magazine's "We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement."

We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement By Clive Thompson

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Surveillance and Waste: the art, the history, the law

Brownfield in City of Vancouver, Canada.

CFP: Urban “wastelands”: patterns of emergence and appropriation

1918 flu epidemic. Photographer unknown.

CFP: Ethics and Aesthetics of Epidemiological Photography

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Call for Contributions: Cultures of Repair (June 30)

Collapsed Chimney, Abandoned Farm Sand Island, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (William Cronon)

Methodologies: How to Read a Landscape

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CFP: Body Burdens, Biomonitoring, and Biocitizenship

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ASEH 2014 CFP: Body Burdens, Biomonitoring, and Biocitizenship

Chair at the bottom of Monterey Canyon, nearly 10,500 feet down. Image copyright 2003, MBARI.

Ocean Floor Trash: The Study

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Wall Dogs

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Not scrap metal

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Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks

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Don’t save the contradictory seals

With over 200 billion CDs and over 1 billion DVD players in the world, it's unlikely that we'll ever run out of hardware.

‘Detritivore’ Design: How to Use Trash to Create Scalable Tech Solutions- Mathew Lippincott

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Cooper Union Student Protest: Cleaning Up their School

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R-RIPARABILE? How should we design for repairability – May 31

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Shifting the Burden of Recycling: Yale Journal Explores the State of Extended Producer Responsibility

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CFP: The Aesthetics of Dislocation – May 15

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Trash Dance

Gallery of Lost Art, Tate Modern online.

Gallery of Lost Art: A Treasure Trove of Discard Techniques

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Workshop: “Out of culture: Society through its wastes”

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Article Alert! Drinking Wastewater: Public Trust in Potable Reuse

This graph from environmentalleader.com shows how population, waste generated and per capita waste relate, but still implies that individuals in a population are the originators of waste.

The Politics of Measurement: Per Capita Waste and Previous Sewage Contamination

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Article Alert! Race, Waste, and Space: Brownfield Redevelopment and Environmental Justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard

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Book Launch! PICKING UP: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

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Race, Class, and Disaster Gentrification

Photo from http://basurama.org

How to picture two tons of waste? Trashy theaters of proof.

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Connecting knowledge about discards to life-saving solutions

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New York City settles with Occupy Wall Street for unconstitutional trashing

Victorian PearsÃÂÃâÂÃâ Soap advertisement circa 1890

CFP: Beyond purity and pollution? Hygiene, cleanliness, and urban futures

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CFP: Media Archaeology and Technological Debris

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Tsunami Debris and the Hope of Return

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New Book- Trash Animals: How We Live with Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species

Photo from: Hollywood Autograph News

Critical Development in the History of Hoarding

Plan of a medieval manor, where “common pastures” were also referred to as wastelands. From William R. Shepherd, Historical Atlas, New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1923.

Article Alert- Terra Economica: Waste and the Production of Enclosed Nature

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CFP: Ethnographies of Exposure: Rethinking the Body-Environment Relation AAA

The Landfill. Photo by Loren McCarthy, presenting at TRASH.

An Atlas of Urban Waste- New Syllabus

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CFP: Pipes, People, and Politics: Dis/Unconnected Urban Infrastructure and Community Responses

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Everyday xenogarbology: Space Dust

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A cornucopia of waste at the Association of American Geographer’s Conference, April 2013

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New listserv for toxics in the humanities and social sciences

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The Recycling of Building Materials in Late Antiquity: Practice and Ideology 3/9/13

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Three calls for papers about the indeterminacy of waste and pollution 3/1/13

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Open it up and look inside

Image from “Maternal Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution and Engineered Nanoparticles: Reproductive and Developmental Effects” By Petra Jackson, Ulla Vogel, Håkan Wallin and Karin Sørig Hougaard 2011.

CFP: Making Environmental Harm Manifest

A DIY kit from Public Lab helps analyze materials and contaminants.

Call for Practitioners for the Workshop “Experiments Monitoring the Everyday: Art, Design, and DIY Methods for Environmental Health Research in STS”

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Upcoming Conference- Beyond Production and Consumption: Refining Material Culture Studies

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Scientists Call to Classify Plastic Waste as Hazardous Waste

The enclaves in India and Bangladesh. Image from article.

Article Alert- Abandoned spaces and bare life in the enclaves of the India–Bangladesh border

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Article Alert- Environmental Justice Storytelling: Angels and Isotopes at Yucca Mountain, Nevada

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CFP: The Theory and Practice of the Six Non-Naturals (c.1400-1700)

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The space/time of modern waste: disaster trash

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CFP: Picking Through the Trash

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Global Food Report: 30–50% global food produced is discarded

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Dumpster Diving

Remains of long-drop lavatories built for the "closer settlement camp" of Frankfort, Eastern Cape. The 5,000 members of the black farming community of Mgwali were to have been forcibly removed and resettled here after their land was declared a "black spot" by the apartheid government in 1983. However, the people of Mgwali resisted strongly and in 1986 the removal scheme was dropped. The lavatories were gradually stripped of their usable building materials by people in the area and all that is left now are concrete bases over some 1500 anatomically shaped holes in the veld. 22 February 2006. Photo and text by David Goldblatt

CFP: Excretion: Cognition, Perception and Behaviour in Rapidly Transitioning Cities of the Global South

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One million years of isolation: an interview with Abraham Van Luik

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New syllabi: “Wastelands”

Succulus by Robert Pepperell

CFP: Waste and indeterminacy

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CFP: Landscape Across the Disciplines

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CFP: Purity

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Trash Dance: Screening and Conversation

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CFP: Slum Clearance, Progressive Era (deadline 1 Feb.)

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The unspeakable matter

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Article Alert- Dispossession by Accumulation

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Garbage City

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Article Alert- Binning, gifting and recovery: the conduits of disposal in household food consumption

Debris in Long Branch, NJ, following Hurricane Sandy. (Allison Joyce, Getty Images)

Trash is a Wicked Problem

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Recycled Artist in Residency campaign coming to a close, but residencies to kick off in earnest

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CFP: Flows of Waste: Linking Rural and Urban Societies and Ecologies through the Creation, Movement, and Use of “Waste”

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Article Alert- Symbolic Violence and the Politics of Environmental Pollution Science

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New Book: Contract & Contagion

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Article Alert- Garbage matters: Concepts in new geographies of waste

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CFP: Perceptions, Costs and the Governance of Lighting and Light Pollution

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This Friday in NYC: Fixer’s Collective

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Webinar: Plastics Cycling

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Use and value: Looking for colleagues for recycling research in San Francisco –

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CFP: Re-cycling, or The Afterlives of Processes, Policies and Artifacts Past

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Relics and ruins from our industrial past

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Discard Studies and the Nonhuman

Plan of a medieval manor, where “common pastures” were also referred to as wastelands. From William R. Shepherd, Historical Atlas, New York, Henry Holt and Company, 1923.

Waste and Capitalism

Protest sign at OWS. October 13, 2011. Photo by Neil Girlling.

Tactics of Waste, Dirt and Discard in the Occupy Movement: A Photo Essay

Recycle. California Department of Conservation, 2004.

Recycling as a Crisis of Meaning

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Surveying Waste and Capital @ Trade School, NYC

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George Constanza defines a “bum”

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CFP: Essays on Housework and Popular Culture

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Second Hand Clothing at Material World Blog

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New Book- Economies of Recycling

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Article Alert- Nuisance Talk and the Propriety of Property: Middle Class Discourses of a Slum-Free Delhi

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Registration open for TRASH Postgraduate Conference at the University of Sussex

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Reclaiming places

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CFP: History and Cultural Representations of Human Remains

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Designing a Reuse Symbol and the Challenge of Recycling’s Legacy

A tiny sign in one of Liberty Park's three flower gardens. October 18, 2011. Photo by Brian Gilbreath.

Article Alert-Tactics of Waste, Dirt and Discard in the Occupy Movement

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A Companion for Sewer Catastrophes

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CFP: Re-Cycle Architecture

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Philosophia, “No Impact Man,” and the reader of Discard Studies

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Communicating Eternity: A Typological Guide to America’s Ephemeral Nuclear Infrastructure

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CFP: Trash @ Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies

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New Book: Histories of the Dustheap (October 2012)

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Article Alert- An integrated review of concepts and initiatives for mining the technosphere: towards a new taxonomy

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Audio Alert: Archives, Storage of the Dead, Storing Waste & Self-storage

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Opportunities for Graduate Study: rubbish electronics and recycling @ Memorial University

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Article alert- Landscapes of the dead? Natural burial and the materialization of absence

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OWS vs. City of New York: Leveraging Discard Politics

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Article Alert- Terra Economica: Waste and the Production of Enclosed Nature

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Article Alert: Justice, community knowledge, and waste facility siting in Taiwan

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