Discard studies is a young field of research 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 2020.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- There’s no such thing as “We” by Max Liboiron
- Roundup: Waste & COVID-19 by Max Liboiron
- Agbogbloshie: Dumping no more by Dagna Rams
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.
We have begun posting the gender parity of The Dirt, especially given evidence that COVID-19 is increasing the skew in knowledge production to be ever more male, white, and childless. This bibliography has 37.9 percent women authors, based on Dr. Jane Summer’s Gender Balance Assessment Tool.
- Akese, Grace Abena (2020). Researching Agbogbloshie: A reflection on refusals in fieldwork encounters. Feministische Geo-RundMail, 12(5), 52.
Althaf, Shahana, Callie W. Babbitt, and Roger Chen. The Evolution of Consumer Electronic Waste in the United States. Journal of Industrial Ecology.
- Bakan, Joel. The New Corporation: How “Good” Corporations Are Bad for Democracy. Penguin, 2020.
Banoub, Daniel., Bridge, Gavin., Bustos, Beatriz., Ertör, Irmak., González-Hidalgo, Marien., & de los Reyes, Julie. (2020). Industrial dynamics on the commodity frontier: managing time, space and form in mining, tree plantations and intensive aquaculture. Environment and planning E: nature and space.
- Barlow, Matt, and Georgina Drew. (2020). Slow Infrastructures in Times of Crisis: Unworking Speed and Convenience. Postcolonial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13688790.2020.1804105.
- Buck, Holly Jean. (2020). Should Carbon Removal Be Treated as Waste Management? Lessons from the Cultural History of Waste. Interface Focus 10(5). Doi: 10.1098/rsfs.2020.0010.
- Denis, Jérôme, and David Pontille. (2020) Maintenance Epistemology and Public Order: Removing Graffiti in Paris. Social Studies of Science, September 10, 2020, 030631272095672.
- Environment and Climate Change Canada (2020). ‘Science Assessment of Plastic Pollution
- Evans, David M., Rorie Parsons, Peter Jackson, Sarah Greenwood, and Anthony Ryan (2020). Understanding Plastic Packaging: The Co-Evolution of Materials and Society. Global Environmental Change 65: 102166.
- Goldstein, Joshua (2020). Remains of the Everyday: A Century of Recycling in Beijing. University of California Press
- Hardon, Anita (2021). Chemical Youth: Navigating Uncertainty in Search of the Good Life. Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
- Harrison, Kathryn (2020). Political Institutions and Supply-Side Climate Politics: Lessons from Coal Ports in Canada and the United States. Global Environmental Politics 20(4): 51–72.
- Heller, Martin C, Michael H Mazor, and Gregory A Keoleian (2020). Plastics in the US: Toward a Material Flow Characterization of Production, Markets and End of Life. Environmental Research Letters 15(9). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab9e1e.
Henke, Christopher R., and Benjamin Sims (2020). Repairing Infrastructures: The Maintenance of Materiality and Power. The MIT Press.
- Hurley, Jessica. (2020). Infrastructures of Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nuclear Complex. University of Minnesota Press.
Jeanjean, Agnes (2021) “‘Management’ and Its Refuse.” In The Material Subject | Rethinking Bodies and Objects in Motion, edited by Urmila Mohan and Laurence Douny, 47–60.
Knowles, S.G. (2020). Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene: A Historian Witnesses Climate Change on the Korean Peninsula. Daedalus 149(4): 192–206.
- Kohl, Ellen. (2020). ‘Some we’s weren’t part of we’: intersectional politics of belonging in U.S. environmental justice activism. Gender, Place & Culture: 1-21
Laser, Stefan (2020) High Tech at the End: On the global recycling of electronic waste ad the creation of new values. Springer.
- Laser, Stefan, and Alison Stowell (2020) ‘Thinking like Apple’s Recycling Robots: Toward the Activation of Responsibility in a Postenvironmentalist World‘ Ephemera: Theory & Politics in Organziation.
- Madi, Matteo, and Olga Sokolova (2020). Space Debris Peril: Pathways to Opportunities. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
- Monosky, Miranda., & Keeling, Arn. (2020) Planning for social and community-engaged closure: A comparison of mine closure plans from Canada’s territorial and provincial North. Journal of Environmental Management, 277, 111324.
- Mooney, Annabelle. (2020). Rituals about the skin: comments on pimple popping videos. Social Semiotics, 1-19.
- Munro, Kristin. (2020). Solid waste management practices and their meanings in ecologically conscious households. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848620960410.
- Neimanis, Astrida. (2020). ‘The chemists’ war’ in Sydney’s seas: Water, time, and everyday militarisms. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848620904276.
- Owusu-Sekyere, Ebenezer. (2020). Altered Urban Landscape: Shedding Light on Conflicts in a Landfill Community in Ghana. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2020.1811928.
- Robinson, Claire, Christopher J. Portier, Aleksandra Čavoški, Robin Mesnage, Apolline Roger, Peter Clausing, Paul Whaley, Hans Muilerman, and Angeliki Lyssimachou.(2020). Achieving a High Level of Protection from Pesticides in Europe: Problems with the Current Risk Assessment Procedure and Solutions. European Journal of Risk Regulation 11(3): 450–80. DOI: 10.1017/err.2020.18.
Sanchez, Andrew. Transformation and the Satisfaction of Work. Social Analysis 64, no. 3 (2020): 68–94.
Senko, J, S Nelms, J Reavis, B Witherington, B Godley, and B Wallace (2020) Understanding Individual and Population-Level Effects of Plastic Pollution on Marine Megafauna.” Endangered Species Research 43: 234–52.
Wang, Xiaowei.(2020) Blockchain Chicken Farm: And Other Stories of Tech in China’s Countryside (Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Zhang, Amy (2020). “The Black Soldier Fly: An Indigenous Innovation for Waste Management in Guangzhou.” In Can Science and Technology Save China?, edited by Susan Greenhalgh and Li Zhang, 163–83. Cornell University Press.
Special Issues and Collections
- Indeterminacy: Waste, Value, and the Imagination. (2018). Edited by Catherine Alexanderand Andrew Sanchez. New York: Berghahn Books, 2018.
- “Lutter contre le gaspillage : réforme ou révolution ?” (2020). Écologie & Politique 1 (60).
Dissertations & Theses
- Peterson, Jesse (2020). Excessive Seas: Waste Ecologies of Eutrophication. Doctoral Dissertation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
- Power, Ellen. (2019). Memories of Mistrust and Contamination: The Legacies of Cosmos 954 and Operation Morning Light in Denendeh. MA Thesis, University of Toronto.
- Singer, Gideon A. (2020). An Applied Anthropology of Electronic Waste in Central Australia. Doctoral dissertation, Purdue University Graduate School.
- Blockchain Chicken Farm and other stories of tech in China’s countryside by Xiaowei Wang. Review by Arti Garg.
- ‘Redefining Waste to Create Action: The Economic Considerations and Cultural Politics of Global Waste’ Review of Reassembling Rubbish by Josh Lepawsky and Waste by Kate O’Neil. Review by Ellen E. Moore.
- Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India by Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey. Review by Amy Zhang
Calls for Proposals & Participation
- Call for Chapters: Among white coats: Politics and practices of ethnographies of biomedicine and STEM. Due: 30 October 2020
- Call for papers. Waste management and research: Healthcare waste and COVID-19- Open access supplement. Deadline: 31 October 2020.
- Call for papers: The Domesticatioin of War, special issue of Catalyst. Due 15 January 2021.
- Call for Chapters: Spontaneous Generations Vol. 11, Expertise and Uncertainty, Due: 20 December 2020
- Call for Participants: Environmental Racism is Garbage! virtual research-creation and art symposium. Due: 30 November 2020.
Conferences & Symposia
- Discard Studies Twitter Conference, November 16-17, 2020. Follow #Discard2020
- DOPE (Dimensions of Political Ecology), Feb 18-20, 2020
- Dr. Helen Caldicott on Nuclear Narcissism, for the wild podcast
- Dr. Natasha Myers on Growing the Planthroposcene, for the wild podcast
- The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020) film by Joel Bakan, and Jennifer Abbott.
- More Broken Windows. Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything.
- The Police, new season of Canadaland Commons
- For the Love of Peat, 99% Invisible
- Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Racism and Digital Media, Carleton University
- Faculty Positions, Cornell Information Science
- Open rank, Feminist Science and Technology Studies and Public Health, Emory University
- Engaging Science, Technology, and Society: Call for Managing Editor position
- Postdoc in Circulatory Entanglements: Marine Biomaterials and Paradoxes in Ocean Governance, Department of Geography at Durham University
- Postdoctoral Researcher and lecturer in adaptive organisatons & reflective practices for inclusive innovation—Vrije Universiteit
- International Climate Protection Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
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