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.
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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.
- Andueza, Luis., Davies, Archie., Loftus, Alex., & Schling, Hannah. (2021). The body as infrastructure. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 4(3), 799-817.
- Behuria, Pritish. 2021. Ban the (plastic) bag? Explaining variation in the implementation of plastic bag bans in Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. Keywords: plastic bag, plastic ban, environmental policy, business power, East Africa
- Cairns, Kate. 2021. Feeling environmental justice: Pedagogies of slow violence. Curriculum Inquiry, 1-20. Keywords: Environmental education, environmental justice, slow violence, affect, youth.
- Claire, Theo, and Kevin Surprise. 2021. Moving the Rain: Settler Colonialism, the Capitalist State, and the Hydrologic Rift in California’s Central Valley. Antipode, 6 September.
- Cowan, Thomas. (2021). The village as urban infrastructure: social reproduction, agrarian repair and uneven urbanisation. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 2514848619868106.
- Creager, Angela. N. (2021). To Test or Not to Test: Tools, Rules, and Corporate Data in US Chemicals Regulation. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 01622439211013373.
- Dey, Tridibesh and Mike Michael. 2021. Plastic Possibilities: Contrasting the Uses of Plastic ‘Waste’ in India. Anthropology Today 37(3):11-15.
- Doherty, Jacob. 2021. Waste Worlds: Inhabiting Kampala’s Infrastructures of Disposability. University of California Press.
- Duncan, Elizabeth. (2021). Invisible. A-Z of Shadow Places.
- Einarsson, Árni Már. 2021. Crafting, connecting, and commoning in everyday maker projects. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 156. Keywords: maker projects, makerspaces, crafting, everyday life
- Ford, Andrea., de Togni, Giulia., & Miller, Livia. (2021). Hormonal Health: Period Tracking Apps, Wellness, and Self-Management in the Era of Surveillance Capitalism. Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, 7(1), 48-66. Keywords: hormones; menstrual health; periods; period tracking; surveillance capitalism
- Giles, David Boarder. 2021. A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: Food Not Bombs and the World-Class Waste of Global Cities. Duke University Press.
- Henry, Emmanuel., Thomas, Valentin., Aguiton, Sara. A., Déplaude, Marc Olivier., & Jas, Nathalie. (2021). Introduction: Beyond the Production of Ignorance: The Pervasiveness of Industry Influence through the Tools of Chemical Regulation. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 46(5), 911-924.
- Henry, Emmanuel. (2021). Governing Occupational Exposure Using Thresholds: A Policy Biased Toward Industry. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 01622439211015300.
- Higuchi, Toshihiro. 2021. Political Fallout: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Making of a Global Environmental Crisis. H-Environment Roundtable 11(5):1-27.
- Johansson, Nils. 2021. Why is biogas production and not food donation the Swedish political priority for food waste management? Environmental Science & Policy, 126, 60-64. Keywords: food waste, waste policy, circular economy, renewable energy, donation, biogas, food insecurity, food banks
- Lanier-Christensen, Colleen. (2021). Creating Regulatory Harmony: The Participatory Politics of OECD Chemical Testing Standards in the Making. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 46(5), 925-952.
- Lynas, Mark, Benjamin Houlton, and Simon Perry. 2021. Greater than 99% consensus on human caused climate change in peer-reviewed literature. Environmental Research Letters 16:114005. Keywords: global warming, climate change, scientific consensus
- Mohácsi, Gergely. (2021). Toxic Remedies: On the Cultivation of Medicinal Plants and Urban Ecologies. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 15(2), 192-210.
- Pollans, Lily Baum. 2021. Resisting Garbage: The Politics of Waste Management in American Cities. University of Texas Press.
- Polleri, Maxime. 2021. Radioactive Performances: Teaching about Radiation after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Anthropological Quarterly 94(1):93-123.
- Sangkhamanee, Jakkrit. (2021). Bangkok Precipitated: Cloudbursts, Sentient Urbanity, and Emergent Atmospheres. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 15(2), 153-172.
- Schoot, Ignace., & Mather, Charles. (2021). Opening Up Containment. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 01622439211039013.
- Thomas, Valentin. (2021). Defects in Doubt Manufacturing: The Trajectory of a Pro-industrial Argument in the Struggle for the Definition of Carcinogenic Substances. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 46(5), 998-1020.
- Waller, Laurie., Rayner, Tim., & Chilvers, Jason. (2021). Searching for a Public in Controversies over Carbon Dioxide Removal: An Issue Mapping Study on BECCS and Afforestation. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 01622439211043568.
- Wahby, Noura M. (2021). Urban informality and the state: Repairing Cairo’s waters through Gehood Zateya. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 25148486211025262.
Theses & Dissertations
- Berry, Brieanne. 2021. Discards & Diverse Economies: Reuse in Rural Maine. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maine.
- Kuyvenhoven, Cassandra. 2021. Moving waste around: Unpacking how socio-political decisions are made about municipal solid waste and its transportation. Doctoral dissertation, Queen’s University.
- Pollution is Colonialism; Max Liboiron, Duke University Press // Reviewed by Anna Stanley
- Climate Urbanism: Toward a Critical Research Agenda; Vanesa Castán Broto, Enora Robin, and Aidan While Cham, eds., Palgrave MacMillan // Reviewed by Ankit Bhardwaj
- Adventures in Sustainable Urbanism; Robert Krueger, Tim Freytag, Samuel Mössner, eds., SUNY Press // Reviewed by Pollyanna Rhee
- Yancong zhi dao: Women yu shihua gongcun de liangwan ge rizi 煙囪之島:我們與石化共存的兩萬個日子 [A Smoking Island: Petrochemical Industry, Our Dangerous Companion for more than Fifty Years] Edited by Hui-Chen Fang, Jung-Shin Ho, Yu-Yo Lin, Yi-Ying Chiang, eds., Taipei: Spring Hill Publishing// Reviewed by Wen-Ling Tu
- Beyond the Production of Ignorance, Science, Technology, and Human Values 46(5), 2021
- Decay and Repair, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space 4(3), 2021.
- Ocean Acidification, Coastal Management 49(5), 2021
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
- Intervention Symposium: Critical Restoration Geographies, Antipode Online
- Oral History & Digital Humanities Academy, Global Institute for Research, Education & Scholarship
- 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
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