The Dirt

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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 November 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 44.34% percent women-authored based on the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool.


Audio/Visual/Mixed Media

New Waste Network

New Climate Collaborative

Special Issue

Calls for Papers/Submissions

Conferences & Symposia


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Science & Technology Studies; Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, & the Arts, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA; deadline 30 November
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Critical Digital Humanities (focus on Labour); Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto; deadline 30 November
  • Various Positions, Zero Waste Europe; application deadlines vary
  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria; applicant must be an Indigenous person; deadline 7 January.
  • Assistant Professor, Climate Justice; University of California-San Diego. Next application review: 15 December. Final deadline: 31 January.
  • Assistant Professor, History of Science/Technology/Medicine; University of Pennsylvania; deadline 20 December
  • Associate Professor, Human Geography; Norwegian University of Science and Technology; deadline 9 January
  • Distinguished Professor, Political Science & Public Administration; University of North Carolina; application review starts 15 January
  • Associate or Full Professor, Design; University of Texas at Austin; deadline 22 January
  • PhD Scholarships in Philosophy, Social Anthropology, and Film Studies; University of St. Andrews, Scotland; deadline 31 January
  • PhD Scholarships, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment; Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK; for the project “Buildings, Waste Networks, and the Circular Economy” — deadline 18 February
  • Assistant Professor, Political Science; Texas A&M University; application review begins mid-February
  • 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

New Patrons

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

  • Lily Baum Pollans. Thank you!

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