“When All That Is High-Tech Turns Into Waste” Researching e-waste Seminar

“When All That Is High-Tech Turns Into Waste”

Researching e-waste Seminar
Lancaster University

The connection between progress, innovation and technology is strongly established in our collective imaginaries about what desirable futures should be. Technological devices are seen as promising solutions for our everyday lives, social problems and public issues. The global market of electrical and electronic equipment then, “has grown exponentially, while the lifespan of these products has become increasingly shorter” (Khurrum, Bhutta, Omar and Yang, 2011).

We are facing the progressive material fallout from these apparently immaterial and yet ubiquitous electronic technologies. Electronic waste (or e-waste) challenges the ethereal aspects of digital media and gives shape, weight and matter to our patterns of electronic production and consumption. E-waste is an entangled and controversial object and a still emergent topic that deserves much more attention through interdisciplinary approaches, critical and empowering analysis, and inventive methods.

This is a two-day meeting to collectively discuss the limits and possibilities of our conceptual and methodological tools for understanding and addressing e-waste.

Questions to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

How do we interrogate and research e-waste, whether through fieldwork, analysis of technologies or the study of waste flows?
What does e-waste tell us about contemporary societies and material cultures?
What inventive methods, practices and approaches might be developed to address e-waste that go beyond the usual waste management discourses?

When & Where?
Wednesday the 26th of February, 2014. 10.30 am – 5.30 pm, LICA 27
Thursday the 27th of February, 2014. 9 am – 3 pm, FASS Meeting Room 2

Program:

* 26th February (LICA 27): E-WASTE SEMINAR

10.30-11h: Welcome & introduction.
11-12.30h: MEDIA AND MARKETS
Jon Raundalen – Norges tekniske-naturvitenskaplige universitet (NTNU)
Daniel Neyland – Goldsmiths, University of London
Anna Maria Jönsson – Södertön University
12.30-13.15h: LUNCH TIME
13.15-14.45h.: MAKE AND REMAKE
Åsa Ståhl & Kristina Lindström – Malmö University
Blanca Callén – Lancaster University
Lara Houston – Lancaster University
14.45-15h: BREAK
15-16h: MATERIALITY
Jennifer Gabrys – Goldsmiths, University of London
Jennie Olofsson – HUMlab, Umeå University
16-16.15h: BREAK
16.15-17.15h: METHODS AND KNOWLEDGE
Josh Lepawsky – Memorial University of Newfoundland
Freyja Knapp – Berkeley University
17.15-17.30h: Wrap up of the day.

* 27th February (FASS Meeting Room 2): INTERNAL WORKSHOP

Working session to debate about e-waste as area of knowledge and discussion for planning an international e-Waste Conference in 2015.

Free entrance. Please registrer on http://bit.ly/1ezTPbp
Questions, please contact: ewatse.seminar2014@gmail.com

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