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 March 2019.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- Does recycling actually conserve or preserve things?
- Mapping USA electronics manufacturing pollution
Publications (articles & books)
- Bell, Lucy. (2019). Place, people and processes in waste theory: a global South critique. Cultural Studies, 33(1), 98-121.
- Bridgens, Ben, Kersty Hobson, Debra Lilley, Jacquetta Lee, Janet L. Scott, and Garrath T. Wilson. (2017). Closing the Loop on E‐waste: A Multidisciplinary Perspective. Journal of Industrial Ecology. Doi: 10.1111/jiec.12645
- Callén Moreu, Blanca, & Daniel López Gómez. (2019). Intimate with your junk! A waste management experiment for a material world. The Sociological Review, 67(2), 318-339.
- Fredericks, Rosalind. (2018) Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal. Duke University Press.
- Haines, Monamie Bhadra. (2019). Contested credibility economies of nuclear power in India. Social Studies of Science, 49(1), 29-51.
- Harriss-White, Barbara. (2019). Waste, Social Order, and Physical Disorder in
Small-Town India, The Journal of Development Studies. 54 (12).
- Harriss-White, Barbara. (2017). Formality and informality in an Indian urban waste-economy. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 37(7/8), 417–434.
- Harriss-White, Barbara. (2017). Matter in motion: Work and livelihoods in India’s economy of waste. In Ernesto Noronha & Premilla D’Cruz (Eds.), Critical perspectives on work and employment in globalizing India. Springer. P. 95–111.
- Hecht, Gabrielle. (2019). Air in the Time of Oil. LA Review of Books.
- Hecht, Gabrielle. (2018) The African Anthropocene, Aeon.
- Larsen, Frederik. (2019). Valuation in action: Ethnography of an American thrift store. Business History, 61(1), 155-171.
- Logan, Drake. (2019). Toxic violence: The politics of militarized toxicity in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cultural Dynamics, DOI: 0921374018821209.
- MacFarlane, Key. (2019). Time, Waste, and the City: The Rise of the Environmental Industry. Antipode, 51(1), 225-247.
- Olofsson, Jennie. (2019). ‘It is all about getting the volumes down’. Organizational framings of risk in relation to waste, waste management and temporality. Journal of Risk Research, 1-13.
- Saraswati, L. Ayu. (2017). The Gender Politics of Human Waste and Human‐as‐Waste: Indonesian Migrant Workers and Elderly Care in Japan. Gender, Work & Organization, 24(6), 594-609.
- Waldron, Ingrid. (2018). Re-thinking waste: mapping racial geographies of violence on the colonial landscape. Environmental Sociology, 4(1), 36-53.
Special Issues & Collections
- The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa, Part 1: Putting Dirt in its Place, (2018) Social Dynamics: A Journal of South African Studies, 44 (1). Edited by Louise Green and Stephanie Newell.
- The Cultural Politics of Dirt in Africa, Part 2: Dirt Redeployed, (2018) Social Dynamics: A Journal of South African Studies, 44 (2). Edited by Louise Green and Stephanie Newell.
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.
- The Atomic Business: Structures and Strategies, Call for papers. Special issue of Business History. Deadline for Submissions: 1 October 2019.
- Global STS: Science, Technology and Society. Call for papers, academic Conference. 24-27 July 2019, Makassar, Indonesia. Deadline for abstracts: 30 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.
- Maintainers III: Practice, Policy, Care. Call for contributions. Academic conference, 6-9 October 2019, Washington DC. Deadline for contributions: 13 May 2019.
- Pollution/Toxicity: Political Ecologies of Matter Out of Place. Call for papers. Special session American Association of Anthropologists. 20-24 November 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Deadline for abstracts: 1 April 2019
- Practices of Health in Unruly Environments. Call for papers. Special issue of Projections: MIT Journal of Planning. Deadline for paper abstracts: 29 March 2019.
- Taking Care: A Conference for Engaging the Politics, Processes and Ethics of Care Work. Call for papers. Academic conference, 3-4 May 2019, Seattle, Washington. Deadline 1 April 2019.
- Christian Lund (University of Copenhagen) on Erik Harms’s Luxury and Rubble: Civility and Dispossession in the New Saigon
- Macarena Gómez-Barris (Pratt Institute) on Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s M Archive: After the End of the World, Anna Tsing et al.’s Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, and Kathryn Yusoff’s A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None
- Pierpaolo Mudu (University of Washington Tacoma) on Amy Starecheski’s Ours to Lose: When Squatters Became Homeowners in New York City
- Katy Jenkins (Northumbria University) on Anna Lora-Wainwright’s Resigned Activism: Living with Pollution in Rural China
- Matt Hooley (Clemson University) on Macarena Gómez-Barris’s The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives
- Anthro@Deakin #16: Alison Kenner and Siad Darwish on pollution, asthma and disaster
- CENHS #166: Kyle Powys Whyte on decolonizing the Anthropocene and climate change
- Hacking the Anthropocene, Melbourne, July 8, 2019.
Sessions at American Association of Geographers Meeting
- Anthropocene Anxieties: Post-humanist and psychoanalytic approaches in dialogue with political ecology, April 5
- Author Meets Comrades: Rosalind Fredericks’ Garbage Citizenship, April 6
- Beyond policy: The political economy of artisanal and small-scale mining, April 4
- Cities Exposed: Exposure and Contamination in Dense Urban Worlds, April 5
- Dispose and Dispossess: Waste, Time, and the City, April 7
- Geographies of waste: dispositions, transformations, contradictions I & II, April 4
- Nuclear Geographies: Between the spectacular and the banal I & II April 4
- Placing Maintenance and Repair in Economic, Labor and Feminist Geographies, April 5
- (Re)assembling the Politics of the Everyday: Things and Materials in Geographical Analysis, April 7
- Settler colonial fabrications/Fabricating settler colonialism: Dispossession, Resource Extraction, and Environmental Governance, April 3
Positions and Opportunities
Lecturer, Human Geography, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia
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