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.
Call for a new Managing Editor, Discard Studies
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
- TRASH/TREASURE in Labocine (launches July 1)
- 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
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- Alison Stowell. So generous!
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