Discard studies is an emerging field that takes waste and wasting as its topic of study. To keep practitioners up-to-date, Discard Studies publishes The Dirt, a monthly compilation of recent publications, positions, opportunities, and calls for proposals in the field. Here is The Dirt for February 2019.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- When your research is attacked
- Not all marine fish eat plastics
- Does recycling actually conserve or preserve things?
Publications (articles & books)
- Adkins, Sasha. (2018). From Disposable Culture to Disposable People: The Unintended Consequences of Plastics. Wipf and Stock Publishers.
- Arefin, Mohammed. (2019). The State, Sewers, and Security: How Does the Egyptian State Reframe Environmental Disasters as Terrorist Threats? Annals of the American Association of Geographers. DOI: 10.1080/24694452.2018.1497474
- Cushman, Gregory T. (2018). Los señores del guano: Una historia ecológica global del Pacífico. Rev. ed. Translated by Juan Rodríguez Piñeiro. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.
- Davies, Thomas. (2018). Toxic Space and Time: Slow Violence, Necropolitics, and Petrochemical Pollution. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-17.
- DeLorenzo, Amy, Parizeau, Kate, & von Massow, Mike (2018). Regulating Ontario’s Circular Economy Through Food Waste Legislation. Society and Business Review.
- Dempsey, Jessica, and Patrick Bigger. “Intimate Mediations of For-Profit Conservation Finance: Waste, Improvement, and Accumulation.” Antipode 0, no. 0. Accessed January 21, 2019.
- Fraser, Carly, & Parizeau, Kate. (2018). Waste management as foodwork: A feminist food studies approach to household food waste. Canadian Food Studies, 5(1), 39-62.
- Gross, Sky Edith, Lavi, Shai, & Boas, Hagai. (2018). Medicine, Technology, and Religion Reconsidered: The Case of Brain Death Definition in Israel. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 0162243918783477.
- Hepler-Smith, Evan. (2019). Molecular Bureaucracy: Toxicological Information and Environmental Protection. Environmental History.
- Isenhour, Cindy, & Reno, Joshua. (2019). On Materiality and Meaning: Ethnographic Engagements with Reuse, Repair & Care. Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(1).
- Joronen, Mikko, Griffiths, Mark. (2019). The affective politics of precarity: Home demolitions in occupied Palestine. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Preprint.
- Kirchhof, Astrid Mignon. (2018). East-West German Transborder Entanglements through the Nuclear Waste Sites in Gorleben and Morsleben. Journal for the History of Environment and Society, 3, 145-173.
- Kole de Peralta, Kathleen. (2019). Mal Olor and Colonial Latin American History: Smellscapes in Lima, Peru, 1535–1614. Hispanic American Historical Review, 99(1), 1-30.
- Lipman, Caron. (2018). Living with the past at home: The afterlife of inherited domestic objects. Journal of Material Culture
- Martin, Sarah. J. (2019). The political economy of distillers’ grains and the frictions of consumption. Environmental Politics, 1-20.
- Micieli-Voutsinas, Jacque, & Cavicchi, Julia. (2019). Toxic landfills, survivor trees, and dust cloud memories: More-than-human ecologies of 9/11 memory. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
- Niblett, Michael. (2019). “Time’s carcase”: Waste, labour, and finance capital in the Atlantic world-ecology. Atlantic Studies, 16(1), 72-89.
Oberg, Angela. Problematizing Urban Shit(Ting): Representing Human Waste as a Problem. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
- Salvaire, Côme. (2019). Recovering Sociology from the Trash Heap: Of Waste Politics and the Spatialization of Local Representation in Lagos. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, preprint.
- Shaw, Wendy S. (2019). Trashion treasure: A longitudinal view of the allure and re-functioning of discarded objects. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 37(1), 122-141.
Sisavath, Davorn. (2019). The US Secret War in Laos: Constructing an Archive from Military Waste. Radical History Review, 133, 103–16.
- Vasudevan, Pavithra. (2019). An Intimate Inventory of Race and Waste. Antipode.
- Vergès, Françoise. (2017). “Racial Capitalocene. Is the Anthropocene Racial?“, in: Futures of Black Radicalism, Edited by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin, Verso Books.
- Wakefield-Rann, Rachael, Fam, Dena, & Stewart, Susan. (2018). “It’s Just a Never-Ending Battle”: The Role of Modern Hygiene Ideals and the Dynamics of Everyday Life in Constructing Indoor Ecologies. Research and Theory in Human Ecology, 24(2), 61.
- Wittmer, Josie., & Parizeau, Kate. (2018). Informal recyclers’ health inequities in Vancouver, BC. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 28, 2, 321-343.
Special Issues & Collections
- Addressing the Great Indoors. (2019). Human Ecology, 24(2). Edited by Rachael Wakefield-Rann and Dena Fam.
- Landfill of Advice (2018). Oasis (4).
- Reuse and Repair (2019). Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 2(1). Edited by Isenhour, Cindy and Josh Reno.
- Siting Nuclear Installations at the Border (2018). Journal for the History of Environment and Society. Edited by Arne Kaijser and Jan-Henrik Meyer
- Urban food sharing: Emerging geographies of production, consumption and exchange (2019). Geoforum. Edited by Anna Davies and David Evans.
- Videos of Heritage in Reverse: Material Values, Waste and Deconstruction.
Calls for Proposals
- The Anthropocene, Call for papers. Special issue of Annals of the American Association of Geographers. Deadline for Paper Abstracts: 31 March 2019.
- Atomic Heritage: Assembling Atomic Cultures, Communities and Knowledge, Call for papers. Paper session, Society for History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting, 24-27 October 2019, Milan, Italy. Deadline for paper abstracts: 25 March 2019.
- AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop, Call for applications. Paper workshop and symposium, 3-5 July 2019, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2019.
- Governing risks beyond the “here” and “now”|Gouverner les risques par-delà le temps et les frontières. Call for papers, 3rd International AGORAS Conference, 23-25 October 2019, Nantes, France. Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2019
- Heritage and Waste, Call for papers. Special issue of Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development. Deadline for paper abstracts: April 1, 2019.
- Literature and Extraction. Call for papers. Special issue of Modern Fiction Studies. Deadline for paper abstracts: 1 May 2019.
- Political Ecologies of the Far Right, Call for contributions. Academic-Activist conference, 15-17 November 2019, Lund University, Sweden. Deadline for contributions: 16 May 2019.
- Southern Exposure: Documenting the Struggle and Successes for Environmental Protection in Alabama, documentary film fellowship. Deadline for applications: 1 March 2019.
- Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin, Review by Thom Davies
- Social Ecology in the Digital Age: Solving Complex Problems in a Globalized World by Daniel Stokols, Review by Robert Dyball
- THE LONG TERM YOU CANNOT AFFORD.ON THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE TOXIC, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin.
- Indefinity, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth.
- Southern Exposures, short films, Alabama Rivers Alliance.
- Hacking the Anthropocene, Melbourne, July 8, 2019.
Positions and Opportunities
- Traveling Faculty, IHP Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy, IHP Climate Change program, World Learning/SIT
- Director, Miller Worley Center for the Environment, Mount Holyoke College
- Post-doctoral Research Associate in Population-Environment Interactions,
Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder
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