CFP: Trash Postgraduate Symposium (Vienna)

Trash: Postgraduate Symposium.
28/29 January 2017.
Chair ao. Univ. Prof. Dr. Monika Seidl.
Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna.

Trash is everywhere: the superfluous, the unwanted, that which is too much, that which remains. Although there has been some interest in this subject particularly in recent years, artefacts, discourses, and practices on trash / rubbish / waste / garbage / junk / detritus have not yet been systematically approached on an academic level.

The 2017 symposium – which anticipates an international conference to take place in 2018 – seeks to explore the range of themes covered under the heading of ‘trash’ and the multiplicity of theoretical perspectives and methodological tools that can be applied in its analysis.

All theoretical and methodological approaches from the Arts and Humanities are welcome. Potential themes may include but are not limited to: cultures of trash and trashy culture(s) · social trash
· political trash
· material trash
· histories of trash
· language(s) of trash
· trashy genders and sexualities
· bodily trash

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a short bionote by 15 October 2016 to or