Opening the Bin 3

We are excited to share the call for papers for Opening the Bin 3 – Waste, economy, culture and society: ‘One World, one Bin?’.


Opening the Bin 3 invites contributions that explore the organizing and re-organizing of waste as representative of the ‘new normal’ (Li, 2020). As events in recent years increasingly show, the world is moving deeper into a permanent state of crisis, at sanitary, social, economic and environmental levels, which confronts us with the construction of a ‘new normal’, in which waste, in all of its diversity, plays a central, inescapable role. This is not only about the fact that inherently wasteful regimes of production, consumption and discard are behind the reproduction of these interconnected crises at a global scale (Nelson, 2020). It is also about the fact that resilience-procuring agents, in organizational and governmental spheres, cannot help but generate waste in their efforts to absorb strain, repair and prevent further damages (Adyel, 2020; Sarkodie and Owusu, 2020, Zapata Campos et al., 2020). Considering such a scenario, we seek to offer a space for open, creative, transdisciplinary academic exchange around waste that is at the same time unapologetically normative; wasting ought to be debated, for it must be curbed, if our earthly society-in-crisis is to have a chance to endure.

We welcome papers that open new spaces of reflection, understanding and critique, regardless of their theoretical sources of inspiration and methodological approaches. Innovation in writing and composing style are also welcome. In addition to scholars working in organization and management studies, we welcome contributions from – inter alia – anthropology, sociology, psychosocial studies, geography, philosophy, politics, art history, communication, film, gender and cultural studies, among other fields.

Visit our website ( see attachment for full details of the call for papers.  

Keynote Speakers ( ).

  • Josh Lepawsky. Professor of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. He researches the geographies of discards, of maintenance, and of repair.
  • Trisia Farrelly. Associate Professor at Massey University, New Zealand and joined UNEP’s expert group in 2017 and currently sits on its Scientific Advisory Committee (Marine Litter and Microplastics) and the Break Free From Plastic Asia Pacific Advisory Committee and Co-Convenes its Policy Working Group.
  • Patrik Zapata. Professor in Public Administration at the School of Public Administration, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and isone of the many waste researchers who are not afraid to physically engage with waste. He can provide a unique insight into how ‘One World, and One Bin’ is organized.

Closing Date for Paper Submission: 16th January 2023

Papers should be submitted in electronic form (pdf) via email to Please include your contact information and affiliation.

PhD Student – please express your interest in taking part in a dedicated pre-conference waste workshop on the morning of 15th June.

Important dates:

§  16th January 2023 – Submission of abstract

§  6th February 2023 – Acceptance decision announced

§  14th April 2023 – Registration Closes

§  15th May 2023 – Sending full paper or work-in progress

§  15th-17th June 2023 – Conference takes place at Lancaster University


Sea PET making family workshop

When: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 July 2022, 1 – 4pm

Where: Clore Learning Studio

Free and drop in at

Turner Contemporary

Join us for a weekend of re-using and re-imagining plastics in this underwater mobile-making workshop.

PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a single-use plastic found everywhere, from fruit mesh bags to drink bottle tops. Unfortunately, these often end up in landfill or polluting our seas. We invite you to extend these plastics’ life by creating your own Sea PET mobiles. Think stinging jellyfish, luminous coral and deep ocean creatures!

The materials in this workshop are sterilised before use. For more information, please contact or call 01843 233000

Suitable for children aged 5+.

About KraalD

KraalD is an activist design and research practice that raises awareness of plastic pollution through creative and collaborative workshops. This workshop will be led by Katarina Dimitrijevic, who recently completed a PhD in Design at the Goldsmiths University of London and is a lecturer at @TheMargateSchool.

#plasticpollution #family #workshop #craftivism

SeaPET repair space

Plastics are forever.

I found myself repairing my SeaPET 2019 jellyfish mobile’s installations.

They lived for two years in my garden. It is incredible to see how minimal decay or fragmentation’s happened! I report some colour discolorations to veggie mesh and some thorned edges due to the tree branches. That’s all damage, I can say. Watch this space @turnercontemporary #theopen forthcoming @kraaldworkshop/s announcement.

SeaPET repair 2021

Opening The Bin-2

 Opening The Bin-2  
 Waste Safari

The 3 Waste Fractions highlighted vivid conversations among researchers and practitioners around opportunities and challenges in Waste Theory, Circular Economy and Waste Labour. Participants and conveners look at the complexities of waste practices and research, such as how to make "visible the invisible waste", how plastic rubbish get demonized/moralized and the innovative waste economies. 

This was a wonderful and inspiring three day conference online and graced with an unexpected third-place win for KraalD video of the Waste Safari #OTB contest.

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Opening The Bin-2  
 Waste Safari

Being Self

Being Self: The act of gardening is close to my heart, dirty nails and gut that keeps me well.

Uncommon, I did a self-photoshoot in 2020, laying in #forgetmenot flowers in between the cherry trees, thinking that my son must have a memorable image of his mother (in case of my death). I know, quite dramatic transformed like #cindysherman wearing my mother’s’ crepe de chine revised dress, laying in bloom while eaten by the bugs. The spring is here, the ground fertilised, and fruit trees wash is spayed, and I feel that I would do a second COVID-19 #stayathome photoshoot – in so watch this space while digesting the new garden site theme and waiting for the tulips to bloom in #mygarden #beingself #ecopsychology

Being Self as a theme that was identified as having a sense of being and expressing oneself whilst gardening. The garden and many nonhuman others participants are viewed as a creative space collective.

Tree Without the Cure

KraalD 2020. COVID – 19 Disease. Victorian plum tree, with the fungal disease stands in the midst of my garden without the cure. Infectious, mutilated branches are transposed and wrapped in rainbow colour plastic self-disposal. Plasticised, the virus is preserved in the dormant tree trunk for a thousand human years. Rochester, Kent cite-specific art installation #mygarden #worksinprogress #Designedisposal #Designtransposal #PlasticPlasticise

Here I am taking a refuge in Braidotti’s bio-centred egalitarianism, that challenges the prevailing standard of post-anthropocentric agenda and the assertion of advanced technologies that mean ‘man is the measure of all things’. The ‘bio-centred egalitarianism is a philosophy of affirmative becoming, which activates a nomadic subject into sustainable processes of transformation’ (Braidotti, 2006, p. 110). For the sake of clarity, I interpret Braidotti’s bio-centred egalitarianism as the way to define the eco-feminist environmental justice, a she-fox wake-up call for the planetary and equality rights for all life. I resonate well with the profound acknowledgement that ‘life’ is a slippery concept, especially animal life. Multispecies relations and interactions are central and placed along the ‘materialist lines of becoming as deep transformations of self and society’ (Braidotti, 2006, p. 109).