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 June 2021.
Starting in the early fall of 2021, we are looking for a new Managing Editor to oversee and carry out regular operations of Discard Studies and to create a new vision for the platform. Deadline: July 15. Details are here.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- Miss Tampon Liberty by by Camilla Mørk Røstvik
- 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
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 62.5% percent women-authored based on the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool.
- Blue, Gwendolyn, Kelly Bronson, and Alana Lajoie-O’Malley. (2021). Beyond distribution and participation: A scoping review to advance a comprehensive environmental justice framework for impact assessment. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 90, 106607. Keywords: Environmental justice, Impact assessment, Recognition, Distribution, Representation
- Corvellec, Hervé. (2019). Waste as scats: For an organizational engagement with waste. Organization, 26(2), 217-235. Keywords: Anthropocene, biosemiotics, circular economy, Leonia, material responsibility, value, waste
- Davies, Thom. (2021). “Geography, time, and toxic pollution: slow observation in Louisiana” in A Research Agenda for Geographies of Slow violence. Eds. O’Lear, S.
- Dini, Rachele. (2021). “Resurrected from its Own Sewers”: Waste, Landscape, and the Environment in JG Ballard’s 1960s Climate Fiction. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 28(1), 207-229.
- Rentetzi, Maria, and Kenji Ito. (2021). The material culture and politics of artifacts in nuclear diplomacy. Centaurus.
Reports and other publications
- Altman, Rebecca. (2021). Upriver: A researcher traces the legacy of plastics. Orion.
- Miller, D. (2021). Orphan Wells. Places.
- IPEN. (2021). Plastic Waste Poisoning Food and Threatening Communities in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Latin America
- Review of A Billion Black Anthropocenes or None by Kathryn Yussof, Cooper Weissman
- Review of Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare by DAMILOLA ADEBAYO
- Review of Materielle Kultur und Konsum in der Frühen Neuzeit [Material culture and consumption in the early modern era] edited by Julia A. Schmidt-Funke | REINHOLD REITH
- Review of The Anthropocene and the Humanities: From Climate Change to a New Age of Sustainability by Carolyn Merchant | HARRY LINTSEN
- Review of Recycling and Reuse in the Roman Economy edited by Chloë N. Duckworth and Andrew Wilson | ALLISON L. C. EMMERSON
- Review of A Modern Contagion: Imperialism and Public Health in Iran’s Age of Cholera by Amir A. Afkhami | KIM CLARK
- Review of Sulphuric Utopias: A History of Maritime Fumigation by Lukas Engelmann and Christos Lynteris | BRAD BOLMAN
- The violence and promise of infrastructural discards, a review of Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Sophia, 2019. Waste siege: The life of infrastructure in Palestine. By R. Fredvericks.
- Capitalist Discard, Durability, and Romani Racialized Labor in the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Elana Resnick, Mergers & Acquisitions podcast, Society for Economic Anthropology
- Life and Livability at the Dump: A Conversation with Kathleen Millar, Mergers & Acquisitions podcast, Society for Economic Anthropology
- Dumpster Diving, a Food Sharing Revolution, and Economies of Abjection: A Conversation with David Giles, Mergers & Acquisitions podcast, Society for Economic Anthropology
- Pollution is Colonialism: Part 1. Media Indigena, Episode 258.
- Pollution is Colonialism: Part 2 Media Indigena, Episode 259.
- “The People of Waste. Living Plastics” (2019). Dir. Rémi de Bercegol, Grant Davis and Shankare Gowda
Calls for papers/submissions
- ENERGY ETHICS 2021: ENERGY TRANSITIONS & PLANETARY FUTURES. Due 30th of July
- Join the Waste, Pollution, and Toxicities working group with the Royal Geographical Society
- Modernities in the Contact Zone: Translating across Unfamiliar Objects. 9th Postcolonial Narrations Postgraduate Forum of GAPS hosted by the University of Potsdam from October 21-23 2021. Due July 18
- Defining the Human in Environmental Humanities, Venice International University, June 9-11, 2022. Deadline: Oct 1, 2021
Conferences & Symposia
- 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 Sociology of Science and Technology, Technical University of Munich. Due July 18
- Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Associate Professor), Anti-racism by design, Univeristy of Michigan. Deadline: Aug 15
- PhD-position: Buddhist pilgrimage in the Anthropocene, The Center for Contemporary Buddhist Studies at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen
- Lecturer in Social Anthropology, UCL. Deadline: July 4
- Academic Fellows (multiple positions), University of Sydney. Deadline July 5.
- Managing Editor, Discard Studies. Remote. Deadline: July 15
Discard Studies is funded, in part, by the generous patronage of our readers, via Patreon. New patrons this month include:
- Alison Stowell. So generous!
- Tim Kastelle. Thank you!
If you have an item to add to The Dirt, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.