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 May 2019.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
Publications (articles & books)
- Appelgren, Staffan. (2019). Building Castles out of Debris: Reuse Interior Design as a ‘Design of the Concrete’. Worldwide Waste Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Appelgren, Staffan. (2018). History as Business: Changing Dynamics of Retailing in Gothenburg’s Second-hand Market. Business History 61(2), 172-186.
- Appelgren Staffan & Anna Bohlin. (2017). Second-hand as ‘Living’ Heritage: Intangible Dimensions of Things with History in Peter Davis & Michelle L. Stefano (eds.) Routledge Companion to Intangible Cultural Heritage. London: Routledge.
Black, M. (2018). The global interior: Mineral frontiers and American power. Harvard University Press.
- Blake, Megan. (2019). The Multiple Ontologies of Surplus Food. EuropeNow.
- Bohlin, Anna. (2019). ‘It will Keep Circulating’: Loving and Letting Go of Things in Swedish Second-hand Markets. Worldwide Waste Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Cielemęcka, Olga and Cecilia Åsberg (2019). Toxic Embodiment and Feminist Environmental Humanities, Environmental Humanities, 11(1), 101–107.
- Dickinson, Adam (2019). Outside Inside. Environmental Humanities 11(1), 174–179.
- Elmore, Bartow J. (2019). Roundup from the Ground Up: A Supply-Side Story of the World’s Most Widely Used Herbicide. Agricultural History, 93(1), 102-138.
- Freeman, Lindsey. (2019). The Atom Bomb in Me. Stanford University Press.
- Haas, Willi. (2019). From Throwaway Society to Circular Econmy or Comforting Illusion? EuropeNow.
- Hajek, Isabelle. (1989). Brokers in the Fight Against Waste. EuropeNow.
- Kasperski, Tatiana. (2019). Radioactive Waste Challenge for European Integration and Enlargement: Soviet Nuclear Legacy in Central and Eastern Europe After 1989. EuropeNow.
- Lepawsky, Josh. (2019). Europe Has E-waste Problems: Exporting to Africa Isn’t One of Them. EuropeNow.
- Litvintseva, Sasha (2019). Asbestos: Inside and Outside, Toxic and Haptic. Environmental Humanities 11 (1), 152-173.
- Lykke, Nina (2019). Making Live and Letting Die: Cancerous Bodies between Anthropocene Necropolitics and Chthulucene Kinship. Environmental Humanities 11(1), 108–136
- MacKendrick, Norah. (2018). Better Safe Than Sorry: How Consumers Navigate Exposure to Everyday Toxics. University of California Press.
- Marder, Michael. (2019). Being Dumped. Environmental Humanities 11 (1): 180-193.
- 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, 0263775818820325.
- Morrison, Susan Signe. (2019). Dynamic Dirt: Medieval Holy Dust, Ritual Erosion, and Pilgrimage Ecopoetics. Open Library of Humanities [Waste: Papers on Disposability, Decay and Depletion]. 5(1): 1-30.
- Morrison, Susan Signe. (2019). Waste in Literature and Culture: Aesthetics, Form, and Ethics. EuropeNow.
- Polleri, Maxime. (2019). Conflictual collaboration: Citizen science and the governance of radioactive contamination after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. American Ethnologist, 46(2), 214-226.
- Reinert, H. (2019). The Midwife and the Poet: Bioaccumulation and Retroactive Shock. Environmental Humanities, 11 (1), 137–151.
- Reinert, H. (2012). The disposable surplus: Notes on waste, reindeer, and biopolitics. Laboratorium. Журнал социальных исследований, (3), 67-83.
- Richardson, Rashida, Jason Schultz, and Kate Crawford. (2019). Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice. SSRN Scholarly Paper. Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network.
- 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), 122–41.
- Straube, Wibke (2019). Toxic Bodies: Ticks, Trans Bodies, and the Ethics of Response-Ability in Art and Activist Writing. Environmental Humanities,11 (1), 216–238.
- Tola, Miriam (2019). The Archive and the Lake: Labor, Toxicity, and the Making of Cosmopolitical Commons in Rome, Italy. Environmental Humanities 11 (1): 194–215
- Vera, Lourdes A., Dawn Walker, Michelle Murphy, Becky Mansfield, Ladan Mohamed Siad, Jessica Ogden, and EDGI. (2019). When Data Justice and Environmental Justice Meet: Formulating a Response to Extractive Logic through Environmental Data Justice. Information, Communication & Society 22(7): 1012–28.
- Wiles, James and Myra J. Hird (2019). Colonial Ideologies of Waste: Implications for Land and Life. EuropeNow.
Special Issues & Collections
- Confronting Waste (2019). EuropeNow. Edited by Hélène B. Ducros.
- Toxic Embodiment (2019). Environmental Humanities 11 (1). Edited by Olga Cielemęcka and Cecilia Åsberg.
- Circulating Stuff through Second-hand, Vintage and Retro Markets (2015). Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, 7(1), 3-11. Edited by Staffan Appelgren & Anna Bohlin.
Calls for Proposals
- Dying at the Margins: A critical exploration of Material-Discursive Perspectives to Death and Dying, Call for workshop participants. 26-27 September 2019, KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Stockholm, Sweden. Deadline for Abstracts: 5 June 2019.
- Letting Go: Economies of Detachment, Journal of Consumption Markets & Culture, call for papers, June 30 2019.
- Network in Canadian History & Environment, Call for contributions: blog posts, audio/video media, and events (rolling deadline)
- Political Ecologies of the Far Right (Deadline Extended), Call for contributions. Academic-Activist conference, 15-17 November 2019, Lund University, Sweden. Deadline for contributions: 31 May 2019.
- Ruins in Digital Games Workshop, Call for participants, Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Annual Meeting, 6-10 August 2019, Kyoto, Japan. Deadline for Abstracts: 20 May 2019.
- Seventh Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference, Call for contributions. November 13-16, 2019. New Orleans, LA. Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and Texas Southern University. Deadline for contributions: 15 July 2019.
- Anthropology@Deakin: Episode #20 Rosalind Fredericks and Anand Pandian.
- Canadaland Commons: Orphan Wells: Citizen Con.
- New Books Network: Norah MacKendrick.
- 99 Percent Invisible: Weeding is Fundamental.
- 99 Percent Invisible: Sound and Health: Cities.
Positions and Opportunities
- Co-Editors, Environmental Humanities journal. Deadline June 1.
U.S. Zero Waste Coordinator, GAIA. Deadline May 31.
If you have an item to add to The Dirt, please contact email@example.com. We are especially interested in non-English language submissions, and those from outside North America.
If you find The Dirt helpful, please support Discard Studies by becoming a Patreon subscriber.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.