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 August 2021.
Recent Discard Studies Posts
- Copyright on the Farm by MC Forelle
- Reading Lists: Residential Schools
- Miss Tampon Liberty 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 25% percent women-authored based on the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool.
- Baumann, Franz. (2021) The Next Frontier—Human Development and the Anthropocene: UNDP Human Development Report 2020. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 63(3):34-40.
- Checker, Melissa. (2021). Environmental Justice and Gentrification in New York City. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development 63(2):16-27.
- Downey, Gary Lee and Teun Zuiderent-Jerak. (2021). Making & Doing: Activating STS through Knowledge Expression and Travel. MIT Press Open Access.
- Dybas, Cheryl Lyn. (2020). Silent Scourge: Microplastics in Water, Food, and Air. BioScience 70(12):1048-1055.
- Gisclair, Becca R., Nicholas Mallos, Michael LeVine and Henry Huntington. (2020). Reducing Plastics and Other Waste in the Arctic Ocean. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development (62)5:27-30
- Hallinan, Blake and James Gilmore. (2021). Infrastructural Politics Amidst the Coils of Control. Cultural Studies 35(4-5):617-640. Keywords: control, imaginary, platform, sts, technology
- Humphris, Imogen and Ward Rauws. (2021). Edgelands of practice: post-industrial landscapes and the conditions of informal spatial appropriation. Landscape Research 46(5):589-604. Keywords: spatial appropriation, DIY urbanism, post-industrial ruins, Scotland
- Kanyama, Annika, Jonas Nässén, and René Benders. (2021). Shifting expenditure on food, holidays, and furnishings could lower greenhouse gas emissions by almost 40%. Journal of Industrial Ecology 1-15. Keywords: carbon footprint, consumption based greenhouse gas emissions, GHG, food, gender, holiday, mitigation
- Köstem, Burç. (2021). ‘The World is Sinking’: Sand, Urban Infrastructure, and World-Cities. Cultural Studies 35(4-5):684-706. Keywords: antiproduction, Dubai, molecular, infrastructure
- Liebman, Adam. (2021). Waste Politics in Asia and Global Repercussions. Education About Asia 26(1): 35-40.
- Millar, Kathleen. (2020). Garbage as Racialization. Anthropology and Humanism 45(1):4-24.
- Oeverman, Heike, and Harald A. Mieg. (2021). Urban development planning and world cultural heritage: two perspectives of planning practice dealing with industrial heritage. Planning Practice & Research 36(4):430-441. Keywords: urban development, industrial heritage, heritage management, Germany, synchronous discourse analysis
- Poznic, Michael and Rafaela Hillebrand. (2021). Scenarios as Tools of the Scientific Imagination: The Case of Climate Projections. Perspectives on Science 29(1):36–61
- Ripple, William, et al. (2021). World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency 2021. BioScience, biab079.
- Routray, Sanjeev. (2021). ‘Timepass’ and ‘Setting’: The Meanings, Relationships and Politics of Urban Informal Work in Delhi. Urban Studies 1-17. Keywords: commission economy, Delhi, hegemonic meaning-construction, hyper-flexibilisation, production and social reproduction, ‘setting’
- Schickore, Jutta. (2020). Mess in Science and Wicked Problems. Perspectives on Science 28(4):482-504
- Singh, Shailender, Mani Sankar Dasgupta, and Srikanta Routroy. (2021). Evaluation of Sustainable E-Waste Collection Method for Urband and Rural Region of India. Waste Management & Research 1-11. Keywords: e-waste collection methods, decision-makers, stakeholders, FAHP, FVIKOR
- Smith, Jen Rose. (2021). “Exceeding Beringia”: Upending Universal Human Events and Wayward Transits in Arctic Spaces. EPD: Society and Space 39(1):158-175.
- South, Eugenia, John MacDonald and Vincent Reina. (2021). Association Between Structural Housing Repairs for Low-Income Homeowners and Neighborhood Crime. JAMA Network Open 4(7).
- Tushnet, Mark. (2021). Introduction: the pasts and futures of the administrative state. Daedalus 150(3):5-16.
- Uitto, Juha. 2021. Surviving the Anthropocene: How Evaluation Can Contribute to Knowledge and Better Policy Making. Evaluation 1-17. Keywords: environment, human-natural systems, sustainable development, transformational change
- Willow, Anna. (2020). The World We (Re)Build: An Ethnography of the Future. Anthropology and Humanism 46(1):4-20.
- Yoneyama, Shoko. 2021. Miyazaki Hayao’s Animism and the Anthropocene. Theory, Culture & Society, Aug 10. Keywords: animism, climate change, human-nature relationship.
- Infrastructural Politics, in Cultural Studies 35(4-5)
- Convenience as a Driver of Social Economies, in Economic Anthropology 8(2)
- Review of Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now; Vincent Ialenti, 2020 // Fred Phillips
- Bring Your Own Brigade — documentary; Lucy Walker, director
- Percy vs Goliath — drama; Clark Johnson, director
Calls for papers/submissions
- Culture and the Impending Ecocatastrophe — University of Turku, Finland, October 20; abstract deadline September 15
- Competing Sovereignties: Intertwinement, Contestation, Evolution — 2nd Graduate Workshop at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg, Germany, December 3 & 4; abstract deadline September 19
Conferences & Symposia
- Society for the Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, October 6-9. Online.
- SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Digital Conference, October 25-29
- Freshkills: a Solo Exhibition by Jade Doskow — Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC; September 17-October 30
- PhD opportunities — Histories of Science, Medicine, and the Global South, University of California-Santa Cruz
- Residential Fellowships on the theme of Repair, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; deadline September 21
- Two tenure-track positions (Assistant Professors) in African American or Black Diasporic Literature and Performance, Department of English, New York University; deadline October 1
- Tenure-track position (Assistant or Associate Professor) in the History of Modern Life Sciences, Harvard University; deadline October 15
- Tenure-track position (Assistant Professor) in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Tufts University; review of applications begins October 15
- Graduate Student Research Funding, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona; deadline September 7
- Research Associate in Social Science, Arctic Research Center, University of Virginia: review of applications begins September 15
- Tenure-track position (Assistant Professor), Asian American and/or Asian Diaspora Studies, Gallatin School, New York University; review of applications begins October 22
- Tenure-track position (Advanced Assistant) and tenured position (Associate Professor), History of Consciousness, University of California-Santa Cruz; next review date November 1
- Postdoctoral Scholar, Salish Sea Research Center, Northwest Indian College; review date September 16
- Executive Director, NWIC Foundation, Northwest Indian College
- Several Faculty Positions, Northwest Indian College
- Tenure-track/tenured position (open rank) in Race, Racism, and/or Black Experiences, Department of Sociology, McGill University; deadline September 20
- Tenure-track position (Assistant Professor), Native American and Indigenous Studies, Yale University; review of applications begins November 1
- Multiple tenure-track/tenured positions (open ranks), Indigenous Studies, SUNY-Buffalo; review of applications begins October 18
- Curator of Indigenous Studies, Royal Saskatchewan Museum
- Tenure-track position (Assistant Professor), English/Environmental Studies, University of Oregon; deadline October 15
- Multiple tenure-track/tenured positions (all ranks), Indigenous and Native American Studies, Princeton University; deadline October 1
- Multiple tenure-track/tenured positions in multiple fields, seeking 10 Black and 10 Indigenous scholars, University of Waterloo
- Graduate Research Assistant, Hawaiian Language Research and Translation, University of Hawaii-Manoa
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