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 November 2020.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- There’s no such thing as “We” by Max Liboiron
- Discard Studies Twitter Conference: All threads are now linked to the schedule!
- How to Twitter Conference (#Discard2020)
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 is 47.5 percent women authors, based on Dr. Jane Summer’s Gender Balance Assessment Tool.
- Ahmann, Chloe. (2020). Atmospheric Coalitions: Shifting the Middle in Late Industrial Baltimore. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6: 462-485.
- Ahmann, Chloe and Alison Kenner. (2020). Breathing Late Industrialism. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6: 416-438.
- Alexander, Catherine, & Reno, Josh. (2020). Global Entanglements of Recycling Policy and Practice. The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology.
- Allon, Fiona, Barcan, Ruth, & Eddison-Cogan, Karma. (Eds.). (2020). The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time. Routledge.
- Avery, Dwayne. (2020). Death by a thousand spills: How corporate branding and media strategies downplay the risk of offshore oil spills in Canada. Journal of Environmental Media, 1(2), 225-244.
- Borowy, Iris. (2020). Medical waste: the dark side of healthcare. História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos, 27, 231-251.
Choy, Timothy. (2020). A Commentary: Breathing Together Now. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 6, 586-590.
- De Almeida, Catherine. (2020).Landscape Lifecycles as a Speculative Design Research Practice for Transforming Waste Conditions, THE PLAN Journal (TPJ) 5(1).
- Falcone, Pasquale M., & De Rosa, Salvatore P. (2020). Use of fuzzy cognitive maps to develop policy strategies for the optimization of municipal waste management: A case study of the land of fires (Italy). Land Use Policy, 96, 104680.
- Grandia, Liza (2020). Toxic Gaslighting: On the Ins and Outs of Pollution. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6: 486-513.
- Grant, Sonia. (2020). Aggregate Airs: Atmospheres of Oil and Gas in the Greater Chaco. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6: 534-554.
- Holmes, Helen, Wieser, Harald, & Kasmire, Julia. Critical Approaches to Circular Economy Research: Time, Space and Evolution. In Sustainable Consumption and Production, Volume II (pp. 55-74). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
- Hepp, Constanza. (2020). Chapter 14 Food waste or surplus? Reading between the lines of discourse and action. In Nelson, Anitra, and Ferne Edwards, (eds.) Food for Degrowth: Perspectives and Practices. Routledge.
- Hook, Leslie. (2020). The Vine and the Fish. The Believer 132. (On invasive species and xenophobia)
- Johansson, Nils, & Henriksson, Malin. (2020). Circular economy running in circles? A discourse analysis of shifts in ideas of circularity in Swedish environmental policy. Sustainable Production and Consumption, 23, 148-156.
- Kheraj, Sean. (2020). A History of Oil Spills on Long-Distance Pipelines in Canada. Canadian Historical Review, 101(2), 161-191.
- Mansfield, Becky. (2020). Deregulatory science: Chemical risk analysis in Trump’s EPA. Social Studies of Science, 0306312720970284.
- Mehrabi, Tara. (2020). Queer Ecologies of Death in the Lab: Rethinking Waste, Decomposition and Death through a Queerfeminist Lens. Australian Feminist Studies, 1-17.
- Müller, Ruth, & Schönbauer, Sarah M. (2020). Zero Waste––Zero Justice?. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 6, 416-420.
- Nguyen, Victoria. (2020). Breathless in Beijing: Aerial Attunements and China’s New Respiratory Publics, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society 6: 439-461.
- Paolo De Rosa, Salvatore, Lucio Righetti and Annamaria Martuscelli. (2020). “A Case Study on Grassroots Environmentalism for Health and Sustainability in the Land of Fires (Italy),” in Gabriella Marfe and Carla Di Stefano (Eds), Risks and Challenges of Hazardous Waste Management: Reviews and Case Studies. Bentham Books: 143-156.
- Radomska, Marietta, Mehrabi, Tara, & Lykke, Nina. (2020). Queer Death Studies: Death, Dying and Mourning from a Queerfeminist Perspective. Australian Feminist Studies, 35(104), 81-100.
- Richter, Laruren, Cordner, Alissa, & Brown, Phil. (2020). Producing Ignorance Through Regulatory Structure: The Case of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Sociological Perspectives, 0731121420964827.
- Senanayake, Nari. (2019). Tasting toxicity: bodies, perplexity, and the fraught witnessing of environmental risk in Sri Lanka’s dry zone. Gender, Place & Culture, 1-25.
- Sseviiri, Hakimu, Lwasa, Shuaib, Lawhon, Mary, & Ernstson, Henrik. (2020). Claiming value in a heterogeneous solid waste configuration in Kampala. Urban geography, 1-22.
- Tsing, Anna L., Jennifer Deger, Alder Keleman Saxena and Feifei Zhou (Eds.) Feral Atlas: The More-Than-Human Anthropocene. Standford Univeristy Press.
- Zahara, Alex. (2020). Breathing Fire into Landscapes that Burn: Wildfire Management in a Time of Alterlife. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 6, 555-585.
Special Issues and Collections
- An Indigenous abolitionist study guide
- Breathing Late Industrialism (2020). Special issue of Engaging Science, Technology and Society. Edited by Chloe Ahmann and Alison Kenner.
- The Nuclear North: Histories of Canada in the Atomic Age (2020). Edited by Susan Colbourn and Timothy Andrews Sayle. UBC Press.
- Queer Death Studies, Australian Feminist Studies 35(104)
- New issue of Toxic News, Nov 17, 2020
Dissertations & Theses
- Mujezinovic, Davor. (2020). The global industrial metabolism of e-waste trade: A Marxian ecological economics approach (Doctoral dissertation, Lancaster University).
- J.L. Granatstein, “A Farewell to Arms Where did all the junk go?”, Review of Alex Souchen’s War Junk: Munitions Disposal and Postwar Reconstruction in Canada
- Thieme, T. A. (2020). Rethinking the Affirmative Value, Politics and Materiality of Waste on the Urban Periphery. Development and Change. Review of: Kathleen M. Millar, Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump & Rosalind Fredericks, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal.
- Hamling, Jacob. (2020). Lessons from nuclear waste management could help us move beyond shortsighted climate thinking. Reivew of Vincent
Ialenti’s Deep Time Reckoning
Calls for Proposals & Participation
- Ongoing: COVID-19 Waste Colloquium
Conferences & Symposia
- DOPE (Dimensions of Political Ecology), Feb 18-20, 2020
PCM #17 – The role of urban landscape design in circular economy transitions (Dr. Julie Marin). Circular Metabolism Podcast.
- Open Faculty Position on Race and Ethnicity, Washington University in St Louis: McKelvey School of Engineering: Computer Science & Engineering
- The Global Asian Studies Program “Bridge to the Faculty” Postdoctoral Fellowship in Critical Refugee Studies, The University of Illinois at Chicago
- Assistant professors (tenure track), Land Systems Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- PhD position, Multispecies justice, University of Sydney
- PhD position, Voices from Bushfire-Affected Communities, University of Sydney
- Environmental Fellows Program (EFP), University of Michigan (U of M) School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). For graduate students.
- 1 Assistant professor and 1 Associate professor, Social & Environmental Challenges in Latin America & Digital Scholarship, University of Texas, San Antonio
- Asbestos in Canada: Graduate Study Opportunities, Memorial University
- Assistant Professors: Cluster hire focused on Sustainability and Equity (Environmental Justice and Equity, Indigenous Geographies in the Americas, Geospatial Data Science, Geographies of Health and Environmental Change) University of Oklahoma Norman Campus: Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences: Geography and Environmental Sustainability
- Tenure stream Assistant Professor position in Race and Inequality in Black Communities in the United States (Department of Africana Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh
- Assistant/Associate professor, Native American Community Health, School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley
- (Unpaid) Call for Contributing Editors, Platypus, CASTAC blog
- Research Associates (3 positions), “Plastic Packaging in Peoples’ Lives (PPiPL): Bridging the consumer attitude behaviour gap,” Lancaster University
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