Discard studies is an emerging field that takes systems of waste and wasting as its topic of study, including but beyond conventional notions of trash and garbage. 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 October 2019.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- The power (& disempowerment) of Menstrual Hygiene Management by Shobita Parthasarathy
- No insides on the outsides by Josh Lepawsky
- Waste is not “Matter out of place” by Max Liboiron
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.
- Blair, James. JA. (2019). Tracking penguins, sensing petroleum:“Data gaps” and the politics of marine ecology in the South Atlantic. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848619882938.
- Collins, Rebecca. (2019). Excessive… but not wasteful? Youth cultures of everyday waste (avoidance). Cultural Geographies, 1474474019871637.
- Garmany, Jeff, Richmond, Matthew. Hygienisation, Gentrification, and Urban Displacement in Brazil. Antipode. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12584
- Jenner, Mark. (2018). Sawney’s seat: The social imaginary of the London bog-house c. 1660–c. 1800. In Bellies, bowels and entrails in the eighteenth century. Manchester University Press.
- Kinchy, Abby. (2019). Contentious baselining: The politics of “pre-drilling” environmental measures in shale gas territory. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848619877585.
- Landecker, Hannah. (2019). A metabolic history of manufacturing waste: food commodities and their outsides. Food, Culture & Society, 22(5), 530-547.
- Liebman, Adam. (2019). Reconfiguring Chinese natures: frugality and waste reutilization in Mao era urban China. Critical Asian Studies, 1-21.
Lewis, T., and F. Rauturier. “Gleaning around the Globe: Reframing Urban Thrift via Practices and Economies of Hard Rubbish Reuse.” Journal of Consumer Culture 19, no. 4 (2019): 493–512.
- Sandlos, John, Arn Keeling, Caitlynn Beckett, and Rosanna Nicol. (2019). There is a Monster Under the Ground: Commemorating the History of Arsenic Contamination at Giant Mine as a Warning to Future Generations. NiCHE papers.
- Thylstrup, Nanna Bonde. (2019). Data out of place: Toxic traces and the politics of recycling. Big Data & Society, 6(2), 2053951719875479.
- Tracy, Sarah E., & Vaughn, Rachel. (2019). Guest editors’ introduction: on the creative destruction of food as science. Food, Culture, and Society 22(5): 514-529.
- Burch, Karly A. (2018). Eating a nuclear disaster: A vital institutional ethnography of everyday eating in the aftermath of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster (Doctoral dissertation, University of Otago).
- Pfeifer, Patrick F. (2013). Dynamic decomposition: A creative rearrangement of ” waste” (Doctoral dissertation, Northern Arizona University).
- Zhang, Amy. (2019). Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India. By Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2018. xv, 393 pp. ISBN: 9780674980600 (cloth). The Journal of Asian Studies, 78(3), 705-706.
Calls for Proposals & Participation
- Call for Papers, Special Collection: ‘Waste and Development – Waste as Development‘, deadline 31 January 2020
- Call for Papers, Plantations and their Afterlives: Materialities, Durabilities, Struggles, University of Lisbon, deadline 31 October 2019
- Special Issue: “Collaboration for Sustainability”
- The Long Term you Cannot Afford: On the Distribution of the Toxic, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany. Exhibition opening 18 October 2019, Artist performance and workshop 8-9 November 2019.
- WasteInLit, a network for scholars, writers, and activists who like to talk trash: literarywaste.com
- Coffee and a Mike: Episode 87: Christy Spackman, Food Studies
- Nature’s Past: Episode 66, Communicating Toxic Legacies, with Caitlynn Beckett and John Sandlos
Positions and Opportunities
- Open Level Faculty Position- Environmental Ethics, Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara
- Assistant Professor – (Sociology department) Urban Sustainability, CUNY
- Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Environmental Social Science, Arizona State University
- Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Equity, Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) at the University of California, Berkeley Group/Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
- Assistant Professor in health, medicine, and public policy, Department of Sociology, Vassar College
- Assistant Professor – Urban Design and Adaptive Urban Transformation, Department of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies-Sustainabili
ty, Health and Wellness, The Liberal Studies Department in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
- Assistant or Associate Professor in Medical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, or Philosophy of Science broadly construed, Cal Poly Pomona
- Assistant Professor of Integrative Studies, Kennesaw State University
- Assistant Professor in Environmental Social Science, School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC) at Arizona State University (ASU)
- Founding Director for Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center, University of Notre Dame
- Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney
- Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellowship in Science and Technology Studies, Harvey Mudd College
- Postdoc Fellowship Openings, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) at the University of Michigan
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Community Health and PreventionDrexel University
Doctoral Candidate Position, Environing Infrastructure: Communities, Ecologies and China’s “Green” Development in Contemporary Southeast Asia, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC)
- PhD studentship, Galapagos Marine Plastics, Department of Archeology, University of York
- PhD studentship, The development of Anthropocene biodiversity, Department of Archeology, University of York
If you have an item to add to The Dirt, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We are especially interested in non-English language submissions, and those from outside North America and Europe.