We have regular authors who contribute to the Discard Studies blog, but we are also seeking guest contributors from various academic disciplines. Posts might summarize current research, analyze current events, review works of art, summarize a panel discussion, criticize recent literature, or offer theoretical insights in plain language. We may edit contributions and cannot guarantee running all submissions. Feel free to pitch us an idea before you start.
Submissions can be various lengths depending on the scope, but always should be written for a general audience. This can include everything from the more academic to the personal to photo essays. Have a look at some of the most read posts by our authors to get a sense of what goes over well with our audience:
- “Tactics of Waste, Dirt and Discard in the Occupy Movement: A Photo Essay” by Max Liboiron
- “Singapore is a gold mine”: Re-Orienting global trade flows of secondhand electronics by Creighton Connolly
- “Dumpsters, Muffins, Waste and Law” by Sebastian Abrahamsson and Katja de Vries
- “In Colonial Shoes: Notes on the Material Afterlife in Post-Oslo Palestine” by Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
- “Garbage strikes and the imposed categories of modernity” by Eric Friedman
- Our most popular image collections are “Visual Culture of Food Waste Data: Theaters of Proof” and “Ocean waste: The absurdity of matter out of place“
Send your guest post as an MS Word document with hyperlinks inserted so that we can easily review it and provide comments / suggest edits. At the end of the text, please include a one-sentence, third-person bio in italics. (We suggest that authors include a link to their personal website). Finally, place bracketed links inside the document to indicate the location of any pictures or video we might include in the post, and attach the images separately or provide links to them.
Please email the document, or an idea for a guest post, to robin.nagle [at] nyu.edu