We are pleased to announce the launch of the Discard Studies Compendium, a list of critical key terms. It is critical in the sense that it comes out of methods in the humanities and social sciences that contextualize the problems and systems that are not readily apparent to the invested but casual observer. The task of each author, and the wider field of discard studies, is to trouble the assumptions, premises and popular mythologies of waste. Waste and pollution are the material externalities of complex cultural, economic, and political systems; analysis and solutions need to address these wider systems rather than fall to technological or moral fixes that deal with symptoms rather than origins of problems.
This online version of the Compendium is the initial step of a longer term project that aims to create a print version with a comprehensive list of terms.
Currently, terms include:
|Legal issues in waste|
|Solid waste management|
|science and technology studies|
If you would like to contribute terms to the online or print version of the Compendium, please email Max Liboiron at firstname.lastname@example.org.