The Dirt

Blades of an orange-peel grapple at a waste-to-energy facility

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 March 2022.

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. According to the Summers Gender Balance Assessment Tool, the bibliography for The Dirt in March 2022 is approximately 27.43% percent women-authored.


Special Issues

Calls for Papers/Proposals/Submissions

Conferences & Symposia


  • Post-doc | Indigenous Politics | University of Toronto | Review beings 1 April
  • The Dept. of Sociology at Queen’s University is seeking to fill a tenure-track position in Digital Justice starting July 1, 2022. Preferred areas of scholarship and teaching are environmental justice, racial justice, and immigration/migration. PhD in Sociology or cognate discipline is required. Application deadline: 31 March, 2022. More details here.
  • Princeton University — High Meadows Environmental Institute: Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities.
  • Permanent Research Fellow | Interdisciplinary Social Sciences for Sustainability | Anglia Ruskin | deadline 28 March
  • Research Assistants — part-time; must be Inuit from or in Nunavut; College North by North Research Program, Newfoundland

New Patrons

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

  • Shosha Capps. Thank you!
  • MYGray. Thank you!
  • Lily Baum Pollans. Thank you!

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