CFP: The Wastes of Governance (AAG 2016)


The Power Behind Disposability: Why New York City’s ban on polystyrene was vilified, sued, and reversed


CFP: Who will queer political ecology? or Cute goners, (in)human thinkers, and queer wastoids. Oct 2 deadline


The Time of Landfills

Image 1: One busy corner of the Sham Shui Po second-hand night market (photo courtesy of author).

Trading on Obsolescence on the Streets of Hong Kong

Figure 3. Inside one of the storage facility’s sea containers reside labeled bags of povidone iodine solution, used to prevent infection in wounds and to prepare the skin for a surgical procedure. Photo by the author.

The Value of Time and the Temporality of Value in Socialities of Waste

Food Not Bombs diner and-or volunteer, Tompkins Square Park, New York City, 1996. Photograph courtesy Vikki Law.

Dumpsters, difference, and illiberal embodiment

Image 1: One busy corner of the Sham Shui Po second-hand night market (photo courtesy of author).

Emergent Socialities of Waste

Bigger, better, faster, more?


Bigger, Better, Faster, More? Breaking the taboo of production

Anglers of the harbor basins near Fos-sur-mer steel factory, Arcelor-Mittal, (photo IECP)

Toxic Politics: A Collection of Research Projects

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Refugees: Humans-as-Waste?

Press photographing damaged books at the conference announcing a lawsuit against the City of New York (Photo: M. Oman-Reagan)

“The Dregs of the Library”: Trashing the Occupy Wall Street Library

Network analysis of academic articles on degrowth and their keywords. By Josh Lepawsky.

Special Issue on Discards, Diverse Economies, and Degrowth

black balls hitting the water

LA’s Shade Balls: The ecological costs of plastics in water

The dog owned by the McFeelys at the time of the author’s visit to the site of Nancy’s seizure. Hastings, Nebraska, April 2011. Photo by Nicholas Shapiro.

Article Alert! Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime

Payatas Dumpsite, Metro Manila. By Kounosu.

PhD position: Turning Livelihoods to Rubbish (Aug 20 deadline)

plastic ingest

Funded MA & PhD positions in Participatory Citizen Science, Marine Plastics, and Action-based Research

Concept of one Dettah Yourth: keep the site ugly so everyone knows something bad has happened here.

Designing for the Future at Giant Mine

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Jay Hilgert.
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Article Alert! Place and Defilement Signposts Toward a New Theory of Purity in Sibley’s Geographies of Exclusion


Students for Zero Waste: Post-Landfill Action Network Conference (Oct 9-10)


Canada’s Waste Network Launched!

Photo by Greg Vojtko.

Food Banks: Canned Justice or Fuel For activism?

An image of what we catch in a trawl before we strain it. Photo by Max Liboiron.

Plastic Smog and Horizontal Smoke Stacks: Representations of Pollution as Knowledge

UNEP Waste Crime report

Criminal Negligence?

Police and military at Old Fadam/Agbogbloshie, 20 June 2015. Source:

Sweeping Away Agbogbloshie. Again.


CFP: Dirty business: economies of the used, the used up, and the useless // SES 2015

A sweeper with his "bag-carrier" and tools. (1897). From McClure's magazine. NYPL

CFP: Envirotechnical Histories of Waste Management — ASEH 2016, Seattle

Images of microplastic ingestion by plankton. From Cole, Matthew, et al. "Microplastic ingestion by zooplankton." Environmental science & technology (2013).

How the Ocean Cleanup Array Fundamentally Misunderstands Marine Plastics and Causes Harm

Image produced with a Thermal Flashlight by the Firelog Collective. Hotter areas are red, and colder areas are blue. Green indicates the mid-range of temperature.

Wasted Heat as Northern Commons: Hot Spots in the Square

Historic Doukhobor 1895 Arms burning sketch by William Perehudoff, artist from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

An ethics of surplus and the right to waste?: Discards and Degrowth


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


Trash’s Competing Utopias

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


CFP: Special issue on Depollution

"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


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