Discard Studies Compendium
The Discard Studies Compendium is a list of critical key terms. In the past few years there has been both a resurgence of approaches to studying waste and wasting as well as an interest in the potential of waste to build interdisciplinary bridges of relevance to pressing questions of our time.
This list is critical in the sense that it comes out of methods in the humanities and social sciences that contextualize the problems and systems that are not readily apparent to the invested but casual observer. Our task is to trouble the assumptions, premises and popular mythologies of waste. Waste and pollution are the material externalities of complex cultural, economic, and political systems, and solutions need to address these wider systems rather than fall to technological or moral fixes that deal with symptoms rather than origins of problems.
This online version of the Compendium is the initial step of a larger project that aims to create a print version with a comprehensive list of terms. The greyed out terms in the chart are a small sample of an expanded future list. If you would like to contribute terms to the online or print version of the Compendium, please email Max Liboiron at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Core Concepts||Methodologies||Critical Histories|
|Abjection||Humans-as-waste||Solid waste management||Materiality||Actor-Network Theory||Disposables|
|Camp||Legal issues in waste||Waste flows||Nuisance||Follow-the-thing||Incinerators|
|Cottage-Industrial pollution||Neoliberalism||Waste-to-energy||Ruins||Life-cycle Analysis||Landfills|
|E-waste||Nuclear wastelands||Body burden||Sacrifice zones||Media Archaeology||Pollution|
|Environmentality||Nutrient rifts||Dirt||Sinks||Political Economy||Recycling|
|Garbage Patch||Sacred waste||Freeganism||Throwaway society||Science and Technology Studies||Scrapyards|
|Hoarding||Segregation||Industrial ecosystem||Waste regime||Visual Art||Wastelands|