This special issue aims to present the best of ongoing interdisciplinary scholarship on historical and contemporary processes involved in the flow of secondhand objects and materials, their transformations and revaluations, and the persons, policies, and markets involved with them.
Refusal is a method whereby researchers and research participants together decide not to make particular information available for use within the academy. Here are some strategies for identifying and collaborating with research refusals.
Since discard studies doesn’t (yet!) have its own journal, conference, or department, Discard Studies publishes a regular table of contents alerts for articles, reports, and books in the field. These are the most recent publications for June and July, 2016:
by Amy McIntyre Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Twelfth Biennial Conference June 20 – 24, 2017, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan Conference Website (work in progress): http://asle2017.clas.wayne.edu Call for Papers In Rust: The Longest War, Jonathan Waldman claims that, for those who …
Mines typically follow a set path from prospecting, to development, to extraction and finally closure as the finite resources are exhausted. But does that really need to be the end of the mine’s productive life?
The purpose of this two-day transdisciplinary workshop is to gather scholars from the social sciences and the humanities together with a few practitioners to critically discuss the places, roles and trajectories as well as the meanings, practices, and vocabularies of waste in culture and society.
Submission of abstract: December 1st, 2016
By Alex V. Barnard “Seeing all the waste exposes very clearly the priorities in our society, that making a profit is more important than feeding people, than preserving the environment, than making use of resources, than honoring peoples’ time, labor, love, and effort. What we see with waste is that once …
Since discard studies doesn’t have its own journal, conference, or department, Discard Studies publishes a monthly table of contents alert for articles, reports, and books in the field. There are the most recent publications as of the end of May, 2016.
The technosphere refers to a new layer on the planet made up of “the interlinked set of communication, transportation, bureaucratic and other systems that act to metabolize fossil fuels and other energy resources.” We write this post to share some lingering thoughts on this theme, including what we think critical discard studies (CDS) might contribute to the technosphere discussion.
This bibliography is designed for professors who want to “teach Flint” in their classrooms. The Flint, Michigan water crisis is an extreme but quintessential case study that shows the intersections of environmental health, governance, the built environment, systemic racism, and social inequity.