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    Waste: disposability, decay, and depletion

    Halden, Grace and Burks, A. Waste: disposability, decay, and depletion. [Editorial/Introduction]

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    Waste, whether municipal, hazardous, biomedical, or contaminate, is receiving increasing attention both academically and politically. A drive for improved education around waste management is visible at national and community levels, while the media is brimfull of reports that shed light onto the complex global challenges of pollution, toxicity, and ongoing environmental damage. ‘Disposable populations’ also frequent the news, with anti-refugee, anti-immigration, and anti-globalization sentiments increasingly visible across Europe and America. Within academia, meanwhile, there is a growing and nuanced study of what waste can mean. Moving away from waste studies at resource and value level, academia now considers waste in its various representations as engaging with the temporal, moral, geographic, economic, and artistic. This Special Collection will make visible the untold story of waste by exploring its representations, both material and metaphorical, within contemporary culture. Calling on related discourses from the arts, social sciences, medical humanities and beyond, Waste: Disposability, Decay, and Depletion will bring together a diverse collection of quality articles on a (waste) matter that impacts and implicates us all.


    Item Type: Editorial/Introduction
    Additional Information: This Special Collection is guest edited by Dr Grace Halden (Birkbeck, University of London) and Alice Burks (Birkbeck, University of London).
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Grace Halden
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2023 14:16
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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