Article Alert! Collection of Recent Articles on Discard Studies from E-waste to Shoddy

Debris plot by NASA. A computer-generated image of objects in Earth orbit that are currently being tracked. Approximately 95% of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites. The dots represent the current location of each item. The orbital debris dots are scaled according to the image size of the graphic to optimize their visibility and are not scaled to Earth. Public domain image by NASA.

Bibliography on Space Trash & Orbital Debris


Conference on waste and pollution in healthcare

Images from "baloon mapping" of an oil spill in the Chandeleur Islands, May 9, 2010. Images captured via balloon by Mariko Toyoji, Stewart Long and Shannon Dosemagen. Images stitched by Stewart Long.

CfP: Toxic Politics // Science as Culture


Temporality and Waste: Slow Violence

Scaffolding set up so workers can clean inside one of the pieces of flue gas cleaning equipment, produced, Georg thinks, in Taiwan. Author’s photo.

A Visit to a Waste-to-Energy Facility: Notes from central Austria’s industrial fields

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Visually Representing Slow Disasters

Photograph by Andrew Moore.

The Perils of Ruin Porn: Slow Violence and the Ethics of Representation


Discard Studies at the Association of American Geographers Conference (April 2015)

Deteriorating section of the MIC plant, decades after the gas leak. Autore: Luca Frediani. Utilizzo in Wikipedia autorizzato dall'autore. CC BY-SA 2.0.

Sizing Up ‘Slow Violence’


Introduction to Rob Nixon’s Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor

One of the prepared questions in the Write2Know campaign is about the effect of the oil sands on water quality.

Researcher Activism: The Gutting of Discard Science in Canada and the Write2Know Campaign


CFP: Geographies of waste: Space, scale and geopolitics (Due March 13)

Toilet Glitter. Photo by author.

Queering Waste Through Camp

Art by Loren Crabbe, from the series “Purging Abjection.”

Abjection: A definition for discard studies

Satellite Landscapes by Jenny Odell

Event: Producing Waste/Producing Space (3/6-7, Princeton University)

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The Chinese Logistical Sublime and Its Wasted Remains


CFP: Special issue on Depollution


Waste and Science, Technology & Environment Hub at Memorial University

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New Book! Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870–1950

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CFP: Depollution (Feb 28)


CFP: Living in a Toxic World. European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization

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CFP: Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments (Due Jan 10)

Graffiti in NYC subway in honor of Akai Gurley & Eric Garner. Photo by Lauren Giaccone  (CC BY 2.0)

Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Discard Studies


CFP: Material Culture Symposium on Very Bad Things for Emerging Scholars (Dec 15)


New Report Examines High-Tech Trash & E-Waste Ahead of Black Friday

Not having been warned about the known hazards, Dene men even slept on burlap bags containing uranium and radium. Image from Beyond Nuclear.

Article Alert! Wasted Life: Labour, Liveliness, and the Production of Value

This team felt it was important to secure the perimeter of the site.

Students create concept models for Giant Mine markers: Communicating contamination in perpetuity

Postcard: Trail, BC, 1955. Recycling facility in the background.

A Methodology for Investigating Cityness through Waste

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FIXING THE WORLD: Workshop on Excess, leftover and innovation (Nov 21, Fort Saint-Jean-Marseille)

Edward Burtynsky, Nickel Tailings No. 32, 1996.

CFP: The political ecology of industrial waste


CFP: Reuse in an Accelerated World: Mining the Past to Reshape the Future (edited volume)

Sarah Sze, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Installation view, Malmö Konsthall, 2007.

Call for Designers: ‘Unmaking Waste through Re-Use’ (Nov 30)


CFP: Unmaking Waste (extended deadline Nov 30)


CFP: Cultures of Mending: A collaborative workshop


The Dirty Details: A Response to “Tales of the Trash”


Special Issue on International Chemicals Regulation Following the Minamata Convention


Review of Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice

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A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene

losquaderno garbage and wastes edition

CFP: So-called waste': Forms of Excess in Post-1960 Art, Film, and Literature


Special edition on pharmaceuticals in the environment

Blackwell zinc smelter.

New Article Alert! Power, Quiescence, and Pollution: The Suppression of Environmental Grievances


Grassroots Mappping: Waste


New Article! Toward a New Theory of Waste: From ‘Matter out of Place’ to Signs of Life


Top Ten Discard Studies posts


New Article! The Politics of Open Defecation


CFP: “Faking It:” Counterfeits, Copies, and Uncertain Truths in Science, Technology, and Medicine

"The map shows some of the most representative environmental justice conflicts in the United States. In an effort to choose landmark cases we elicited feedback from more than 200 environmental justice leaders, activists, and scholars in identifying these case studies. These cases represent a range of time periods, geographic regions, communities, and environmental challenges. However, they are only a very small subset of the many influential case studies that have contributed to the U.S. environmental justice movement past and present."

Map of 40 most influential environmental justice conflicts in the US

Seismic lines and well pad for exploratory drilling through the boreal forest at the Suncor Firebag Oil Sands Project. Alberta, Canada.
Photo by Alex McLean. "Oilsands 10 Seismic lines and well pad   Pad140406-0573"

CFP: Governing the Inorganic: Materials, Infrastructures and Care

Yucca Mtn with artist's rendition of warning monument for future generations.

Article Alert! Adjudicating Deep Time: Revisiting the United States’ High-Level Nuclear Waste Repository Project at Yucca Mountain


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