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 June 2019.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- Rethinking Remediation by Caitlynn Beckett and Arn Keeling
- Yes, Genocide (a primer on the term) #MMIWG by Ned Richardson-Little
- Disposability by Gay Hawkins
Publications (articles & books)
Note: If an article is behind a paywall, email the author. They are almost always authorized by copyright to distribute their own work.
- Behrsin, Ingrid. (2019). Rendering Renewable: Technoscience and the Political Economy of Waste-to-Energy Regulation in the European Union. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1-17.
- Bell, Shannon Elizabeth, Fitzgerald, Jenrose., & York, Richard. (2019). Protecting the power to pollute: Identity co-optation, gender, and the public relations strategies of fossil fuel industries in the United States. Environmental Sociology, 1-16.
- Beller, Thomas. (2019). Wearing the lead glasses: Lead contamination in New Orleans and beyond. Places Journal, May.
- Benko, Keli. (2019). People need to know! Notification and the regulation of pesticide use near public schools in California. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848619851102.
- Bergmann, Sven. (2019). Die Sorge um verwickelte Dinge von Belang. Plastik im Ozean und im Alltag. in Beate Binder et al. (eds). Care: Praktiken und Politiken der Fürsorge: Ethnographische und geschlechtertheoretische Perspektiven. Budrich. p. 247-261.
- Blanchette, Alex. (2019). Living Waste and the Labor of Toxic Health on American Factory Farms. Medical anthropology quarterly.
- Dini, Rachele. (2019). “What We Excrete Comes back to Consume Us”: Waste and Reclamation in Don DeLillo’s Underworld. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 26(1), 165-188.
- Fan, Fa-Ti, Chen, Shun-Ling, Kao, Chia-Liang., Murphy, Michelle., Price, Matt., & Barry, Liz. (2019). Citizens, Politics, and Civic Technology: A Conversation with g0v and EDGI. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 13(2), 279-297.
- Fox, Sarah E., Kiley Sobel, and Daniela K. Rosner. (2019). Managerial Visions: Stories of Upgrading and Maintaining the Public Restroom with IoT. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (p. 493). ACM.
- Guthman, Julie. (2019) Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Strawberry Industry. University of California Press.
Kirby, Peter Wynn (2019). Materialities meet the mangle: Electronic waste scavenging in Japan and China. Geoforum, 102, 48-56.
- Loh, Shi Lin, & Amir, Sulfikar. (2019). Healing Fukushima: Radiation hazards and disaster medicine in post-3.11 Japan. Social Studies of Science, 49(3), 333-354.
- Mattern, Shannon. (2018). Community Plumbing: How the hardware store orders things, neighborhoods, and material worlds. Places Journal, July.
- Mattern, Shannon. (2018). Maintenance and Care. Places Journal, November.
- Nguyen, Minh T. N. (2018). Waste and Wealth: Labor, Value, and Morality in a Vietnamese Recycling Economy. Oxford University Press.
- Pathak, Gauri., & Nichter, Mark. (2019). The Anthropology of Plastics: An Agenda for Local Studies of a Global Matter of Concern. Medical anthropology quarterly.
- Pauli, Benjamin J. (2019). Flint Fights Back: Environmental Justice and Democracy in the Flint Water Crisis. MIT Press.
- Polson, Michael. (2019). Making marijuana an environmental issue: Prohibition, pollution, and policy. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848619834847.
- Randolph, Ned. (2018). License to Extract: How Louisiana’s Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast is Sinking It. Lateral 7.2 Doi: 10.25158/L7.2.8
- Tu, Wen Ling (2019). Combating Air Pollution through Data Generation and Reinterpretation: Community Air Monitoring in Taiwan. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 13(2), 235-255.
- Turkkan, Candan. (2019). Clean foods, motherhood and alternative food networks in contemporary Istanbul. Gender, Place & Culture, 1-22.
- Waters, Hillary. (2019). The biopower of ignorance: Individualizing blame for lead poisoning in Kabwe, Zambia. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2(2), 390-408.
- Wu, Ka-Ming., & Zhang, Jieying. (2019). Living with waste: Becoming “free” as waste pickers in Chinese cities . China Perspectives, (2), 67-74.
Special Issues & Collections
- Residues of Death: Disposal Refigured. (2019) Edited by Tamara Kohn, Martin Gibbs, Bjorn Nansen, and Luke van Ryn. New York: Routledge.
Dissertations & Theses
- Cahill, Collin William. (2017). Feral Natures and Excremental Commodities: Purity, Scale, and the More-than-Human in Indonesia. Doctoral dissertation, UC Irvine.
- Corwin, Julia. (2018). Circuits of capital: India’s electronic waste in the informal global economy. PhD dissertation, University of Minnesota.
- Gerola, Alessio. (2018). Globalizing human-technology relations: an examination of the technosphere through the concept of waste. MA Thesis, University of Twente.
- Persaud, Donny. (2018). Behind breakdown: the case of the MV Veteran. MA Thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Calls for Proposals & Participation
- 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)
- Re-Opening the Bin: Waste, economy, culture and society, Call for abstracts and special sessions. June 11-13 2020. University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Deadline for contributions: 15 January 2020
- 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.
- The Corporation: State of Power 2020, Call for Contributions. Report, The Transnational Institute. Deadline for contributions: 10 July 2019.
- Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality 2019, Froebel College, London, UK. 1 July 2019.
- Rivers in the Anthropocene: Global Challenges and Local Responses, Duke Kunshan University, Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. 6-7 July 2019. This workshop is free to the public.
- The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice by Stephanie A. Malin, Review by Jeffrey T. Manuel
- Canadaland Crude: The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
- Cultures of Energy: Episode 180, Dr. Max Liboiron
- Does Recycling Matter? The Revolutionary Lab That’s Changing Science, The Atlantic (‘Guts’ by Taylor Hess and Noah Hutton)
Positions and Opportunities
- Assistant Professor in Political Science, Aarhus University Department of Political Science
- Professor of China Studies in a Global Perspective, Aarhus University Department of Global Studies
- Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor position in Governing Resilience of integrated RURBAN areas, University of Twente, Netherlands
- Associate Professor(s) in Public Administration, University of Southern Denmark Department of Political Science and Public Management
- Ph.D. Scholarship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Programme – Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, The World Maritime University
- Post-doctoral Fellow (6 posts) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Social Sciences
- Assistant professor Environmental Geography and International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
- Post-doctor in Environmental Economics, University of Gothenburg Department of Economics
- Lecturer in Global Health , Queen Mary University of London School of Politics & International Relations
- 2019 Science, Technology and Medicine Graduate Student Paper Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology
- Undergraduate Dissertation Prize, Historical Geography Study Group
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