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Welcome to the conference Re-opening the bin!

The conference Re-opening the bin – Waste, economy, culture and society took place as an online conference 10-12 June 2021.

The conference aims to bring together to scholars interrogating waste from a myriad of disciplines within social sciences and humanities. These disciplines come across the many faces and dimensions of waste. The conference also aims to bring together experiences from global South and global North communities, as well as practitioners, to critically discuss the places, roles and trajectories as well as the materialities, meanings, practices and vocabularies of waste in culture, economy and society.

Together we would like to continue the dialog between disciplines, geographies and professions to discuss how to prompt new ways to imagine, conceptualize, design and theorize waste as a complex socio-material phenomenon.

Next conference will be held in Lancaster University in 2023.

 

Keynotes

The keynotes on the Re-opening the bin conference was Zsuzsa Gille, Gay Hawkins and Hervé Corvellec.

Hunt your junk! What about a waste safari?

A picture of the bin-man when she collects your waste, videotaping the travel of your empty wine bottle/s after a Friday night, or a selfie when you go hamster diving at your waste container. These are some of the activities that could be part of your waste safari.

The Swahili word safari means journey. Waste safari was a voluntary activity during the conference. John Chweya (waste picker and waste communicator) and Marta Ferri (waste researcher) provided guidelines  how to conduct and organize the waste safari and to produce the videos.

Call for papers

First announcement for the international conference:
Re-opening the bin - Waste, economy, culture and society
Online Conference June 10-12, 2021

In April 2017 more than 80 scholars from the social sciences and the humanities from all over the world met at Lund University to discuss waste, culture and society during the Opening the bin workshop in Helsingborg. Today, social scientific and humanistic research on waste is growing, yet still needs further encounters as well as a major engagement in the economies, livelihoods, life-styles, consumption patterns, natures, infrastructures and materialities that shape and are shaped by the organizing of waste.

It is time to Re-open the bin. This call is an open invitation to scholars interrogating waste from a myriad of disciplines within social sciences and humanities, such as anthropology, cultural studies, history, development studies, gender studies, geography, household and consumption studies, organization and management, philosophy, public administration or governance, sociology, urban studies, to mention a few. These disciplines come across the many faces and dimensions of waste, such as waste history; green development narratives such as circular economy, zero waste or inclusive recycling; waste prevention; alternative practices of waste management; critical assessments of waste policies and governance; social movements engagement, waste technologies and infrastructure; de-growth, repair and maintenance; working conditions and the types of occupations; skills and industrial relations; creative waste economies; social and grassroots innovations; or sustainable consumption and throwaway cultures.

The conference also aims to bring together experiences from global South and global North communities, as well as practitioners, to critically discuss the places, roles and trajectories as well as the materialities, meanings, practices and vocabularies of waste in culture, economy and society.

Together we would like to continue the dialog between disciplines, geographies and professions to discuss how to prompt new ways to imagine, conceptualize, design and theorize waste as a complex socio-material phenomenon. Small is beautiful and we are aiming at gathering around 70 papers to facilitate interaction and dialog.

Organizing Committee

Sebastián Carenzo, University of Quilmes
Hervé Corvellec, Lund University
Marta Ferri, Lancaster University
Jutta Gutberlet, University of Victoria
Ulrika Holmberg, University of Gothenburg
Caroline Petersson, Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development
Sandra Samuelsson, University of Gothenburg
Allison Stowell, Lancaster University
Patrik Zapata, University of Gothenburg
María José Zapata Campos, University of Gothenburg