The Dirt

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 October 2021.

Recent Discard Studies Posts

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 28.07% percent women-authored based on the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool.

Theses & Dissertations


Audio/Visual/Mixed Media

New E-Journal

Special Issues

Calls for Papers/Submissions

  • Pandemics and Cities; Urban Studies Foundation, Glasgow, Scotland; deadline 1 November
  • Heidelberg Center for American Studies 19th Annual Spring Academy Conference, Germany; deadline 15 November
  • Atlantic Canada Studies Conference, May 25-28, 2022; CFP deadline 15 November
  • Spectator Special Issue: “Waste” — publication by the University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts, Division of Cinema & Media Studies; deadline 20 November
  • BHC Doctoral Colloquium on Business History, April 6-7, 2022; location to be confirmed. Application deadline 10 December.
  • Change and Continuity in America’s Estuary — Chesapeake Studies 2022 Conference, Salisbury University, Maryland; June 1-3, 2022; CFP deadline 16 December
  • Mapping Bodies — International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place 17th Annual Conference, Loyola University, Chicago; April 22-24, 2022; Jason Hayob-Matzke (, contact; CFP deadline 15 February 2022
  • Watersheds — Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Symposium, University of Delaware; June 22-24, 2022; CFP deadline 28 February 2022
  • Right to the Discipline Grants 2022 — Antipode Foundation; application deadline 28 February 2022

Conferences & Symposia


  • Lead Bioarchaeologist; Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS; deadline 1 November
  • Associate Lecturer, Digital Archaeology; University of York, UK; deadline 4 November
  • Assistant Professor, Native American and/or Indigenous Anthropology; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; review of applications starts 10 November
  • Two Postdoctoral Positions, STS focus; Department of Anthropology, Rice University, Houston, TX; review of applications starts 15 November
  • Assistant Professor, Public Humanities; New School, New York City; review of applications starts 16 November
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Science & Technology Studies; Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, & the Arts, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA; deadline 30 November
  • Founders Fellowships for public administrators, doctoral students, and early-career researchers, American Society for Public Administration; deadline 30 November
  • Assistant Professor, History of Science/Technology/Medicine; University of Pennsylvania; deadline 20 December
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Planning; Department of Environmental and Urban Change, York University, Toronto, Ontario
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Rapid Response Misinformation Mitigation Efforts; Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Computational Social Science; Information School, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Associate Communications Officer, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University
  • PhD Student Fellows, ELEVATE Program (Elevating Equity Values in the Transition of the Energy System), University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • Multiple Tenure-Track openings, University of Toronto

New Patrons

Discard Studies is funded, in part, by the generous patronage of our readers, via Patreon. New patrons include:

  • Caroline Anna Salling. Thank you!

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