Discard Studies

Opening the Bin – New perspectives on waste, culture and society from the humanities and the social sciences
– Lund University, Helsingborg Campus, Sweden, April 27-28, 2017
The production and management of waste comprise a vast array of socio-material practices that together shape many aspects of contemporary culture and society. Simultaneously, the challenges of climate and environmental change and the contribution of society’s consumption to global warming and natural resource depletion make the issue of waste management crucial for contemporary societies and for their wider ecological footprints. Yet, despite its eminently social and cultural nature, waste often remains merely positioned in theoretical and practical discourses as a technical and natural scientific issue. Social scientific and humanist research on waste is alive and well, but splintered, and with a limited impact on what ends up in bins and dumpsters.
The purpose of this two-day transdisciplinary workshop is to gather scholars from the social…

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