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Dear Discard Studies Readers,

I have been posting on this blog every week for the past seven years. It has been a pleasure. I began as a PhD student under Robin Nagle, who founded this blog in 2010, and am now in my third year as an assistant professor. The blog began with a model for weekly postings that detailed critical insights and questioned the commonly held premises of waste and wasting that the blog became known for– posts like “Against Awareness” and “Municipal vs. Industrial waste“– but this rate and quality is no longer possible. It’s simply too much (volunteer!) labour. To keep up the pace, I began been soliciting more and more guest posts and reblogging stories. I am grateful to guest authors for their work and insights over the past two years in particular. But editing labour has also reached a breaking point.

So some changes are going to happen to ensure that Discard Studies can continue to be a hub for the waste research community, and to question the premises, assumptions, and popular mythologies of waste from a research perspective, with all the care, nuance, and expertise such an endeavour deserves.

We’re going to go dark for a few months starting today. We will be back in mid-2018, with a new format and team member:

  • Article Alerts will continue to be published once a month, so the community can see what is happening in our field;
  • Rather than posting calls for papers, conferences, and positions as they come in, these will be bundled into Announcement Alerts and published once a month;
  • One, and maybe two, blog posts with new content from a critical discard studies perspective will be published every month. This means that there will be three to four posts a month, rather than six to eight;
  • Alex Zahara, a PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland, will join me as Assistant Editor. Zahara is already responsible for some of our most popular posts, including “Refusal as Research Method in Discard Studies.” 

We look forward to seeing you again in 2018!

Best regards,
Dr. Max Liboiron
Managing Editor and Contributing Author, Discard Studies