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 November 2019.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- Myths of the Circular Economy by Gay Hawkins, David Boarder Giles, & Catherine Phillips with Alex Zahara
- Placing discard studies in Australia by Catherine Phillips, David Boarder Giles, & Gay Hawkins with Alex Zahara
- The power (& disempowerment) of Menstrual Hygiene Management by Shobita Parthasarathy
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.
- Ahmann, Chloe. (2019). Waste to energy: Garbage prospects and subjunctive politics in late‐industrial Baltimore. American Ethnologist, 46(3), 328-342.
- Barandiaran, Javiera (2019). Documenting rubble to shift baselines: Environmental assessments and damaged glaciers in Chile. Environment and Planning E. DOI: 10.1177/2514848619873317.
- Chailleux, Sébastien. (2019). Making the subsurface political: How enhanced oil recovery techniques reshaped the energy transition. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2399654419884077.
- Chlala, Robert. (2019). Misfit medicine and queer geographies: The diverse economy and politics of cannabis in carceral Los Angeles. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2399654419884074.
- Duncan, Elizabeth. (2019). Industrial Signatures: Sydney’s Gasworks. Infrastructural Inequalities 1.
- Eddison-Cogan, Karma., & Allen, Fiona. (2019). Devil’s Dust on Nauru: Disposal and its Futures. Infrastructural Inequalities 1.
- Fabian, Nele, Tak Lou, Loretta leng. (2019). The Struggle for Sustainable Waste Management in Hong Kong: 1950s–2010s. Worldwide Waste 2(1): 10.
- Greco, Angelica., & Yamamoto, Daisaku. (2019). Geographical political economy of nuclear power plant closures. Geoforum, 106, 234-243.
- Neale, Timothy., & Macdonald, Jennifer Mairi (2019). Permits to burn: weeds, slow violence, and the extractive future of northern Australia. Australian Geographer, 1-17.
- Shapiro, Nicholas (2019). Manufacturing home. Journal for Anthropology of North America, 22(2), 121-124.
- Simmons, Kristen. (2019). Expanse. Journal for Anthropology of North America, 22(2), 103-105.
- Spackman, Christy. (2019). Just noticeable: Erasing place in municipal water treatment in the US during the interwar period. Journal of Historical Geography. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhg.2019.10.014
- Van Bemmel, Alexis & Parizeau, Kate. (2019). Is it food or is it waste? The materiality and relational agency of food waste across the value chain. Journal of Cultural Economy DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2019.1684339
- Vorbrugg, Alexander. (2019). Ethnographies of slow violence: Epistemological alliances in fieldwork and narrating ruins. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2399654419881660.
Special Issues and Collections
- Encountering naturecultures in the urban Anthropocene (2019). Geoforum. Special issue edited by Louise Johnson, Michele Lobo and David Kelly
- How collections end (2019). BJHS Themes. Edited collection by Boris Jardine, Emma Kowal and Jenny Bangham.
- Toxic News, New issue
- de Araújo, Vanbasten Noronha (2019). Shimmery waste: A queer critique of the narratives on glitter pollution. (Doctoral dissertation, Central European University).
- Papadaki Anastasopoulou, Artemis Anna. (2019). Plastic matters : material politics of plastic at the Environment Agency Austria. (MA thesis, University of Vienna)
- Does Chernobyl still matter? Multiple book/ show review by Gabrielle Hecht
- Geontologies: A Requiem for Late Liberalism by Elizabeth Povinelli, reviewer forum with Elizabeth R Johnson, Garnet Kindervater, Zoe Todd, Kathryn Yusoff, & Keith Woodward
- Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure, and Expertise ed. by Brinda Sarathy, Vivien Hamilton, and Janet Farrell Brodie, review by Ellen Griffith Spears
Calls for Proposals & Participation
- Call for Manuscripts: Environmental History and Studies in Failure with Concordia University Press
- Call for Papers: Apocalyptic Waste: Studies in Environmental Threat and Nightmare Spaces, Special issue of Revenant
- Call for Papers, Special Collection: ‘Waste and Development – Waste as Development’, Special issue of Worldwide Waste. Articles due: 31 January 2020.
- Call for paper presentations, International Arctic Social Sciences meeting, multiple sessions, 15-19 June 2020, Arkhangelsk, Russia. Abstracts due: 31 December 2019.
- Call for paper presentations, Petrocultures 2020: transformations, 26-29 August 2020, Stavanger, Norway. Abstracts due: 20 January 2020
- Call for paper presentations, POLLEN 2020, Multiple sessions, 24-26 June 2020, Brighton, UK. Various deadlines
- Call for paper presentations, World Weary: Cultures of Exhaustion, 21-22 May 2010, University of York, UK. Abstracts due: 10 January 2020.
- Call for applications: Australian STS Graduate Workshop, 7-10 July 2020, Charles Darwin University. Applications due: 30 December 2019.
Networks and Libraries
Positions and Opportunities
- Lecturer/senior lecturer in Environmental Social Science, University of Melbourne
- Assistant Professor, Indigenous Scholar in Human-Environment Relationships, Geography, University of Victoria
- Sustainability Coordinator, Sewanee, The University of the South
- Assistant Professor of Human Geography, George Washington University
- Assistant or Associate Professor, Feminist Bioethics, Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University
- Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies/Black Queer Studies, Spelman College
- Editorial Associate, Book Acquisitions, Duke University Press
- Postdoctoral and senior fellows, Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society
- Doctoral Research Fellowship, Environmental History, University of Oslo
- MA and Doctoral positions (fully funded), Geography, University of Guelph
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