Waste and indeterminacy: a curated archive.
Potential participants responded to the following call for papers:
Waste foments a lively conversation in geography, the social sciences, engineering, and the humanities. Specific topics proliferate – plastic bags and bottles, ocean waste, shipbreaking, e-waste, (in)formal economization, household recycling, landfilling, and sewage to name only a few – but a recurrent theme in what might be called waste- or discard studies is the indeterminacy of waste. It seems impossible to definitively ascertain, calculate, or identify waste once and for all or always and everywhere. Yet, this very indeterminacy also seems to be positive in a sense: it is a potent place from which to engage fundamental questions about epistemology, ontology, ethics, and justice for example. It generates exciting theoretical and practical interventions of many different kinds inside and outside the academy. This special session seeks papers that work with waste, understood broadly, and its indeterminacy. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- art, literature, media, and waste
- economization/ecologization of waste
- ethics, morals, justice
- inhuman and/or nonhuman agency
- methods for doing waste/discard studies
- politics of waste/politics from waste
- scale(s) and scaling(s) of waste and wasting
- sites and -scapes
- waste and decolonial thinking/doing
- waste and human exceptionalism
- waste and/as speculative fabulation
What follows are the full abstracts of participants and selected videos of presenters.