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:

Core Concepts
Abjection
Camp
“Cottage-Industrial” Pollution
E-waste
Environmentality
Garbage Patch
Hoarding
Humans-as-Waste
Legal issues in waste
Neoliberalism
Nuclear Wastelands
Nutrient rifts
Sacred waste
Segregation
Solid waste management
Waste flows
Waste-to-energy

 

Methodologies
Actor-Network Theory
Follow-the-thing” Approach
Media Archaeology
science and technology studies

 

Critical Histories
Incinerators
Wastelands

Go to the online Discard Studies Compendium.

If you would like to contribute terms to the online or print version of the Compendium, please email Max Liboiron at mliboiron@mun.ca.