CFP AAG: Waste Regimes: The Material and Political Waste Which We Live by in Different Localities- Oct 12

Fascinating discussion of waste coming very soon; I’ve always wondered what waste infrastructure and wasteful infrastructure might add to this discussion (but from an STS perspective, which would add to the political ecology, resource geography, and environmental justice approaches).

Discard Studies

Combining political ecology, resource geography, and environmental justice approaches, this panel on “waste regime” seeks to understand the economic, political, and material dynamics through which waste is produced, conceptualized, and politicized (Gille 2007, 9). Grounded by concrete ethnographic research on garbage, everyday experiences of ordinary people, governmental and non-governmental actors, development projects tactics, and so on, we ask what values are embedded in these roles played by many institutions and actors who locate and position themselves differentially in the local and global processes of treating, sorting, trading, and recycling waste. We also ask how certain value prevails whereas others are undermined and further how “value regime” (Appadurai 1986) operates in different ontological, cultural, material, and political settings. Geographically and geopolitically, the panel is open to all varieties, including but not limited to Europe, Nepal, Tibet, the U.S. and transnational organizations, as well as capitalist, (post)socialist, and tribal regimes. We aim…

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Associate Professor of Sociology, Environmental Studies, and Science and Technology Studies at Penn State, Nicholas mainly writes about understanding the scientific study of states and, thus, it is namely about state theory. Given his training in sociology and STS, he takes a decidedly STS-oriented approach to state theory and issues of governance.

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