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 May, 2021.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- Reading Lists: Waste Colonialism and Palestine
- A Moral Politics of Blame by Sneha Sharma
- Waste and Recycling in Cold War Eastern Europe: The Case of the “Bee” Waste Collection Trust in Hungary by Viktor Pál
- Taboos around menstruation are leading to a growing environmental crisis in India by Mariana Lopez
- On Wishcycling by Rebecca Altman
- Firsting in Research by Max Liboiron
Peer-reviewed 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 about 38.5% percent women-authored based on the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool.
- Ahamed, Ashiq, Andrei Veksha, Apostolos Giannis, and Grzegorz Lisak. (2021). Flexible Packaging Plastic Waste – Environmental Implications, Management Solutions, and the Way Forward. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering 32.
- Allon, Fiona, Ruth Barcan, and Karma Eddison-Cogan. (Eds.). (2020). The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time. Routledge.
- Barlas, Pınar, Styliani Kleanthous, Kyriakos Kyriakou, and Jahna Otterbacher. (2021). Person, Human, Neither: The Dehumanization Potential of Automated Image Tagging. In Proceedings of the 2021 AAAI/ACM Conference on AI, Ethics, and Society (AIES ’21), 11.
- Blue, S., E. Shove, and M.P. Kelly. (2021). Obese Societies: Reconceptualising the Challenge for Public Health. Sociology of Health and Illness.
- Bruns, Charlotte, and Matthias Sommer. (2021). Problematising Plastic: A Visual Analysis of the ‘Jute not Plastic’Campaign, 1976–1979 (Switzerland, Germany, Austria). Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(1). Keywords: visual sociology, social movements, framing plastic
- Cameron, Fiona. (2021). The Future of Digital Data, Heritage and Curation: In a More-than-Human World. Routledge.
- Calkins, Sandra. (2021). Toxic remains: Infrastructural failure in a Ugandan molecular biology lab. Social Studies of Science, 03063127211011531. Keywords: toxicity, infrastructure, postcolonial technoscience, molecular biology, Uganda
Falkoff, Rebecca R. (2021). Possessed: A Cultural History of Hoarding. Cornell University Press.
- Harrington, Elise, and Anne Wacera Wambugu. (2021) Beyond Technical Standards: Creating an Ecosystem for Quality and Repair in Kenya’s off-Grid Solar Sector. Energy Research & Social Science 77 (July 1, 2021): 102101.
- Holmberg, Tora, and Malin Ideland. (2021). The Circular Economy of Food Waste: Transforming Waste to Energy through ‘Make-up’ Work. Journal of Material Culture.
- Hood, Kate Lewis. (2021). In the ‘Fissures of Infrastructure’: Poetry and Toxicity in ‘Garbage Arcadia.’ Environmental Humanities 13, no. 1: 136–58. Keywords: poetics, toxic infrastructures, waste, transcorporeality, settler colonialism
- Ialenti, Vincent. (2021). Drum breach: Operational temporalities, error politics and WIPP’s kitty litter nuclear waste accident. Social Studies of Science, 0306312720986609. Keywords: nuclear waste, accidents, temporality, regulation, subcontracting
- Iheka, Cajetan. (2021). The Media Turn in African Environmentalism: The Niger Delta and Oil’s Network Forms. Journal of Visual Culture 20, no. 1: 60–84.
- Inverardi-Ferri, Carlo. (2021). Towards a Cultural Political Economy of the Illicit. Progress in Human Geography.
- O’Hare, Patrick. (2021). Cambridge, Carnaval, and the ‘Actually Existing Circularity’ of Plastics. Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 4(1):4. Keywords: plastic, waste, Uruguay, re-use, recycling, circular economy
- Obringer, Renee, Benjamin Rachunok, Debora Maia-Silva, Maryam Arbabzadeh, Roshanak Nateghi, and Kaveh Madani. (2021). The Overlooked Environmental Footprint of Increasing Internet Use. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 167 (April 2021): 105389.
- Pasek, Anne. (2021). Carbon Vitalism: Life and the Body in Climate Denial. Environmental Humanities 13, no. 1: 1–20.
- Privitera, Elisa, Marco Armiero, and Filippo Gravagno. (2021). Seeking justice in risk landscapes. Small data and toxic autobiographies from an Italian petrochemical town (Gela, Sicily). Local Environment, 1-25. Keywords: Environmental injustice, industrial contamination, Sicily, small data, toxic autobiographies
- Rengel-Gonçalves, Ana Paula, & Aydos, Elena. (2021). No Time to Waste: Payment for Urban Environmental Services as a Tool to Support Invisible Recyclers in Brazil. Oregon Law Review.
- Salmon, D., C.W. Babbitt, G.A. Babbitt, and C.E. Wilmer. (2021). A Framework for Modeling Fraud in E-Waste Management. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 171.
- Stanes, Elyse. (2020). Lingering matter: Materialities, temporalities and waste in clothes. In The Temporalities of Waste (pp. 122-135). Routledge.
- Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Sophia. Off the Grid: Prepaid Power and the Political Economy of Waste in Palestine. In Political Economy of Palestine : Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives, edited by Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana, and Timothy Seidel, 297–319. Middle East Today. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
- Steger, Brigitte, Patrick O’Hare, and Teresa Sandra Perez. (2021). Introduction to special collection: social science and the social life of plastics. Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Turner, Andrew, Tracey Williams, and Tom Pitchford. (2021). Transport, Weathering and Pollution of Plastic from Container Losses at Sea: Observations from a Spillage of Inkjet Cartridges in the North Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Pollution 284.
- Wang, Kun, Junxi Qian, and Shenjing He. (2021). Contested Worldings of E-Waste Environmental Justice: Nonhuman Agency and E-Waste Scalvaging in Guiyu, China. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1–20.
- Wang, Tong, Peter Berrill, Julie B. Zimmerman, and Edgar G. Hertwich. (2021). Copper Recycling Flow Model for the United States Economy: Impact of Scrap Quality on Potential Energy Benefit. Environmental Science and Technology 55, no. 8: 5485–95.
- Werner, Marion, Christian Berndt, and Becky Mansfield. (2021). The Glyphosate Assemblage: Herbicides, Uneven Development, and Chemical Geographies of Ubiquity. Annals of the American Association of Geographers, 1–17.
Reports and other publications
- Wang, Xiaowei and Josh Lepawsky. (2021). Where is Repair? Computer repair in the European Union. The WIRE Journal.
Theses and Dissertations
Satyawan, Akshata. (2021). Critical Assessment of Circular Economy Regarding Waste Reduction and Optimal Use of Resources. Private University of Applied Sciences.
Conferences & Symposia
- Waste Now! Histories and Contemporalities of Discards Online Conference Program, 4 & 8-10 June, 2021.
- Intimate Toxicities, 2021 MaGrann Conference, Rutgers University, 6-7 May, online
- Re-opening the bin – Waste, economy, culture and society, University of Gothenburg, June 10-12. Online.
- Sixth Biennial Conference of East Asian Environmental History on theme Human and Nature in East Asia: Exploring New Directions in Environmental History, September 7-10 (Tuesday-Friday), 2021. Online.
- STREAMS – Transformative Environmental Humanities, 3–7 August 2021. Online.
- Professor of Racial Justice in Science and Technology Policy — University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Deadline: July 1, 2021
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