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 January 2022.
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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. According to the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool, the bibliography for The Dirt in January 2022 is approximately 36.91% percent women-authored.
- Abrahms-Kavunenko, Saskia. 2021. Toward an Anthropology of Plastics. Journal of Material Culture, December. Keywords: anthropocene, materiality, plastic, pollution, toxicity, waste
- Alexander, Chloe, and Anna Stanley. 2021. The Colonialism of Carbon Capture and Storage in Alberta’s Tar Sands. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, December. Keywords: carbon capture and storage, settler colonialism, harm, criminalisation, Indigenous jurisdiction, Alberta Tar Sands
- Angus, Charlie. 2022. Cobalt: Cradle of the Demon Metals, Birth of a Mining Superpower. House of Anansi Press.
- Aschemann-Witzel, Jessica, Ilona de Hooge, and Valérie Almli. 2021. My Style, My Food, My Waste! Consumer Food Waste-Related Lifestyle Segments. Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services 59.
- Brox, Trine, and Elizabeth Williams-Oerberg, eds. 2022. Buddhism and Waste: The Excess, Discard, and Afterlife of Buddhist Consumption. Bloomsbury.
- Burgman, Linus Ekman. 2022. What Sewage Sludge Is and Conflicts in Swedish Circular Economy Policymaking. Environmental Sociology. Keywords: sewage sludge; waste to resource; nutrient recycling; policymaking; circular economy; multiplicity
- Carver, Louise. 2021. Seeing No Net Loss: Making Nature Offset-Able. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space December; p1-21. Keywords: net principle, biodiversity offsetting, diagram, England, valuation
- Chitra, V. 2021. Waste’s Translations: Estuaries, Marine Life, and the Chemistry of Mumbai’s Dumping Grounds. American Ethnologist 48:337-356
- de Vries, Alex, and Christian Stoll. 2021. Bitcoin’s Growing E-Waste Problem. Resources, Conservation and Recycling 175 (December). Keywords: Bitcoin, electronic waste, semiconductor supply chain, sustainability, proof of work
- Doherty, Jacob. 2022. Waste Worlds: Inhabiting Kampala’s Infrastructures of Disposability. University of California Press.
- Doron, Assa. 2021. Stench and Sensibilities: On Living with Waste, Animals and Microbes in India. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 32:23-41. Keywords: India, multispecies, olfaction, superbugs, waste, zoonoses
- Eitel, Kathrin. 2021. Oozing Matters: Infracycles of “Waste Management” and Emergent Naturecultures in Phnom Penh. East Asian Science Technology and Society 15(2):135-152.
- Fredericks, Rosalind. 2021. Anthropocenic Discards: Embodied Infrastructures and Uncanny Exposures at Dakar’s Dump. Antipode, December; p1-22. Keywords: waste, Anthropocene, infrastructure, commons, Senegal
- Gille, Zsuzsa, and Josh Lepawsky, eds. 2021. Routledge Handbook of Waste Studies. London.
- Gottlieb, Hiroko Muraki. 2021. Filling the Gaps in the Global Governance of Marine Plastic Pollution. Natural Resources and Environment 35(4):4-8.
- Healy, Alice. 2021. Transporting Waste Under EU Waste Shipment Rules. Natural Resources and Environment 35(4):57-58.
- Jensen, Casper Bruun. 2021. Material Itineraries: Southeast Asian Urban Transformations. East Asian Science Technology and Society 15(2):124-134.
- Liboiron, Max. 2021. Decolonizing Geoscience Requires More than Equity and Inclusion. Nature Geoscience 14, 876-877.
- Mouton, Morgan and Ryan Burns. 2021. (Digital) Neo-Colonialism in the Smart City. Regional Studies 55(12):1980-1901. Keywords: smart cities; digital neo-colonialism; digital geographies; digital political economy
- Newton, Robert. 2021. Insidious Pollen’: Toxicity and the Post-Pastoral in J.A. Baker’s The Peregrine. Ecocene 2(2):145-162. Keywords: toxicity, post-pastoral, activism, nonfiction, slow violence, peregrine
- Ntapanta, Samwel Moses. 2021. ‘Lifescaping’ Toxicants: Locating and Living with E-Waste in Tanzania. Anthropology Today 37(4):7-10.
- Otsuki, Grant Jun. 2021. Shit’s Getting Real: A Cultural Analysis of Toilet Paper. Anthropology Now 20(3):15-23.
- Principato, Ludovica, Giovanni Mattia, Alessio Di Leo, and Carlo Alberto Pratesi. 2021. The Household Wasteful Behaviour Framework: A Systematic Review of Consumer Food Waste. Industrial Marketing Management, 29 (February), p641-649.
- Tubridy, Fiadh, Mark Scott, and Mick Lennon. 2021. Managed Retreat in Response to Flooding: Lessons from the Past for Contemporary Climate Change Adaptation. Planning Perspectives 36(6):1297-1304. Keywords: resilience, vulnerability, managed retreat, flood risk, River Shannon, Irish Land Commission, climate change
- Xu, Yi and Xuewei Dou. 2021. From Empowerment to Encapsulation: Sanitation Workers’ Struggles and Sources of Power in South China. Labor History 62(4):413-433. Keywords: sanitation workers, labour power, empowerment, encapsulation, China
- Fire & Water: Stories from the Anthropocene; Mary Fitfield and Kristen Thiel, eds., Black Lawrence Press // Reviewed by Krista Hiser
- Managing the River Commons: Fishing and New England’s Rural Economy; Eric Reardon, University of Massachusetts Press // Reviewed by Zachary Bennett
- Scorched Earth: Environmental Warfare as a Crime against Humanity and Nature; Emmanuel Kreike, Princeton University Press // Reviewed by Dagomar Degroot
- Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters; Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold, Columbia University Press // Reviewed by Angela Cope
- Visualizing Posthuman Conservation in the Age of the Anthropocene; Amy Propen, Ohio State University Press // Reviewed by Lauren Judge
- The Whites Are Enemies of Heaven: Climate Caucasianism and Asian Ecological Protection; Mark Driscoll, Duke University Press // Reviewed by Kenneth Kai-chung Yung
- Materializing difference: consumer culture, politics, and ethnicity among Romanian Roma; Péter Berta, University of Toronto Press // Reviewed by Yulia Karpova
- What’s Indigenous Science? with Dr. Jessica Hernandez — Getting Curious with Jonathan Ness (podcast)
- Building Feminist and Anticolonial Technologies in Compromised Spaces — Max Liboiron; talk on 20 January with Feminist and Accessible Publishing and Communications Technologies
- Darshikà: Journal of Integrative and Innovative Humanities — open access; from Chiang Mai University, Thailand
- Forma Civitatis, International Journal of Urban and Territorial Morphological Studies — Grünberg Verlag
- History During the Anthropocene — Rethinking History, 25(4)
Calls for Papers/Proposals/Submissions
- Mapping Bodies — International Association for the Study of Environment, Space and Place 17th Annual Conference, Loyola University, Chicago; April 22-24; Jason Hayob-Matzke (email@example.com), contact; CFP deadline 15 February
- Understanding the Injury and Fatality Risks Associate with Solid Waste Collection using Lagging Indicators — Environmental Research and Education Foundation; deadline 11 February
- archipelagos: a journal of Caribbean digital praxis: open call for papers, proposals, projects; CFP deadline 15 February
- Watersheds — Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Symposium, University of Delaware; June 22-24; CFP deadline 28 February
- Right to the Discipline Grants 2022 — Antipode Foundation; application deadline 28 February
- The Environment of History — Diacronie: Studi di Storia Contemporanea; abstract deadline 28 February
- The Climate Crisis: Early Americanists Respond — McNeil Center for Early American Studies hybrid workshop in Philadelphia, PA, June 16-17; proposal deadline 1 March
- Making Peach with the Earth — In-person interdisciplinary symposium at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory, NC, April 7-9; proposal deadline 1 March
- Climate Change and International Order Essay Prize 2022 — Centre for Grand Strategy, King’s College London & the Royal United Services Institute; deadline 1 March
- Pervasive Petrocultures: Histories, Ideas, and Practices of Fossil Fuels — for a special issue of the Journal of Energy History; abstracts deadline 15 March
- Environmental History Seminar — Massachusetts Historical Society; proposal deadline 20 March
- Anthropology News Online — American Anthropological Association; rolling deadlines on or around 1 January, 1 April, 1 July, 1 October
- Urban Indigeneities and Settler Colonial Cities / Autochtonités et colonialisme de peuplement en milieu urbain — for a special issue of Urban History Review / Revue d’histoire urbaine; proposals due 30 April
Conferences & Symposia
- Oral History & Digital Humanities Academy, Global Institute for Research, Education & Scholarship; various dates
- Postdoctoral Research Scholar/Scientist, Center for Science and Society, Columbia University; deadline 31 January; Indigenous and First Nations candidates especially encouraged
- 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
- Field Training School and Research Seminar on Urban Ethnography and Theory, International Urban Symposium; in Montecatini Terme, Tuscany, Italy, 18-26 July; application deadline 21 March
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