PERSPECTIVES ON WASTE FROM THE SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES: OPENING THE BIN
Amid the uncertainty, though I hope today to bring on board some good news, and that is that new book with Cambridge Scholars, Perspectives On Waste From The Social Sciences And Humanities: Opening The Bin edited by Richard Ek and Nils Johansson is about to be published. I am delighted to be amidst contributing authors on the topic of waste, see the table of contents below. https://www.cambridgescholars.com/perspectives-on-waste-from-the-social-sciences-and-humanities| 2020-05-01
Waste is something we encounter on an everyday basis. Today, the waste-mountain is increasing despite ambitious measures being taken to decrease it. Consequently, increased scholarly interest is being devoted to waste, but primarily from a technocratic and scientific point of view. This compilation offers different perspectives on waste, its characteristics, and its presence in the world from social scientist and humanist standpoints. Waste is the constant companion to the human, and is thus inherent in modern society.
Therefore, waste needs to be further approached and understood from a plethora of scholarly perspectives and disciplines, and further investigated through a multitude of methodologies and data collection techniques. The imagination of a future where waste-preventive actions and circular economies permeate society can only be a reality if technocratic and scientific accounts of what is to be done, when, and how, are complemented by social scientific and humanist concepts of the nature and constitution of waste. Such a perspective offers the possibility to understand how waste is constituted through relationships, language, materials, politics, practices and structures. This book shows that philosophers, historians, cultural theorists and economists have much to offer on the topic of waste as a part of everyday modern life.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Opening the Bin to the Social Sciences and the
Nils Johansson and Richard Ek
Chapter 1: Waste’s Social Order: A Historical Perspective 10
Chapter 2: On Hauntology: A Turn To The Specter of Waste 24
Chapter 3: Waste on Screen: Of Trashing, Littering and
Recycling in American TV-Series 41
Chapter 4: Mending. Female Education in Waste Prevention
Over The Centuries 57
Chapter 5: Moving Waste Around: Recycling and the
Governance of Waste Management 77
Myra J. Hird and Cassandra Kuyenhoven
Chapter 6: Waste, A Matter of Energy. A Diachronic
Analysis (1992-2017) of Waste-to-Energy Rationales 96
Chapter 7: Environmental Concern in Waste Economy–A Case
Study of Waste Policy In Finnish Lapland 116
Veera Kinnunen, Heikki Huilaja,
Johanna Saariniemi and Jarno Valkonen
Chapter 8: Visualising the North Atlantic Gyre Patch 137
Chapter 9: The Effect of Proximity on Waste Management
within the New Vision of Circular Economy in France 161
Jean-Baptiste Bahers and Mathieu Durand
Chapter 10:Waste-in-Becoming, Value-in-Waiting: On Market
Performativity and Value Propositions of Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equpment (WEEE) 176
Chapter 11: The Ocean as Thingspace. From The Ocean As
“Master of Disappearance” To The “Friendly Floatees” and a
New Ocean Cosmology 198
Chapter 12: Designing For An Inclusive Waste Service:
Experiences from Applying Norm-Critical Design Methods
in Waste Service Development 215
Lisa Andersson, Marcus Jahnke,
Julia Jonasson and Rebecca Röström
Chapter 13: The Fashion Waste Management Process at ReTuna–
A Study of Unstable Classifications of Textile Goods 240
Lars Hedegård and Eva Gustafsson
Chapter 14: Apple’s Recycling Robot ‘Liam’ and the
Global Recycling Economy of E-Waste. What ‘The Guardian’
Does, And What He Misses Out On 265
Stefan Laser and Alison Stowell
List of Contributors 280
Pan to Panic from Transposons Pandemic
From pagan god Pan to panic from transposons pandemic: Greek word panikos, meaning sudden fear, combined with a pandemic which is a disease epidemic that has spread across a vast region, for instance, multiple continents. Pan, the pagan god, is among the dancing spirits in Dionysus’ entourage. Pan is the god of the wild, shepherds, flocks, nature of mountain wilds, father of Fauna. His energy is bawdy, lustful and mischievous. For clarity Fauna meaning the animal of the geological period, for example, I/We live in the human-made geological time of the Anthropocene. So I count my body as an animal representative to put it a complex bacterial, fungal and bio cell meta cluster of myself.
On another unwashed hand, a virus or transposons, also known as jumping genes, can represent a small parasite that cannot reproduce by itself. Once it infects a susceptible cell, however, a virus can direct the cell machinery to produce more viruses, like SARS-CoV-2 aka COVID-19 and his cousins SARS and MERS. Back to the word ‘panic’ which stems from Pan’s name and why I/We have the collective feeling of losing control because the ecstasy generated by his energetic presence can be too much to assimilate. Thus, in hope, I am fearless. Wish you all good health.
#StayAtHome #day9of quarantine
KraalD Practice-based Projects Overview Diagram 2014-2019
KraalD, 2019, Practice-based Projects Overview Diagram 2014-2019, (on the left) Green design engagements; (on the right and top) Blue design series, DIWO and DIY mode.
New Stock KraalD@Etsy Antler Wall Light
Material Reused Plastic
Contemporary wall light that is hand made from reused plastic bottles with low energy fitting. The UK electrically certified fitting.
Light up your walls with stunning effects and enrich interior with childlike humour. Sculptural, wall-mounted. Low energy bulb supplied.https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/758530725/red-antler-wall-light?ref=shop_home_active_3&frs=1
Look & feel
Ready to hang and plugin, this wall fixture comes with :
– 2 x horns ,2 x eyes, 2 x ears and nose
– 1 x inline switch
– 2,5 l /m cord
– UK Plug.
– Wall hook, 1 x low energy bulb pre-fitted
Designed and hand-made by KraalD
All reuse items are clean.
The length of the cord is 2,5 l/m.
Packaging and installation
The wall fixture is packed in a sturdy cardboard box.
How to install?
The Boki wall fixture is easy to install. All you need is wall nail or picture hook.
Hand made light fitting/sculptural product. Each fitting is different as persona although you can customize your order with specifying the colour of Horns (bottle caps) in the following colours: red, blue and green. Horns, eyes and nose and ears are all modular therefore you can alter face expression of your light as per your mood.Less
Design and Nature A Partnership
Edited by Kate Fletcher, Louise St. Pierre, Mathilda Tham
Proud to make the contribution, See SECTION III: Standing: Standing to achieve a view: Living Landfill Katarina Dimitrijevic https://routledge.com/Design-and-Nature-A-Partnership/Fletcher-Pierre-Tham/p/book/9780815362746… via @routledgebooks
Organised as a dialogue between nature and design, this book explores design ideas, opportunities, visions and practices through relating and uncovering experience of the natural world.
Presented as an edited collection of 25 wide-ranging short chapters, the book explores the possibility of new relations between design and nature, beyond human mastery and understandings of nature as resource and by calling into question the longstanding role for design as agent of capitalism. The book puts forward ways in which design can form partnerships with living species and examines designers’ capacities for direct experience, awe, integrated relationships and new ways of knowing. It covers:
• New design ethics of care
• Indigenous perspectives
• Prototyping with nature
• Methods for new design and nature relations
• A history of design and nature
• Animist beliefs
• De-centering human-centered design
• Understanding nature has power and agency
Design and Nature: A Partnership is a rich resource for designers who wish to learn to engage with sustainability from the ground up.
Design Research for Change Showcase 2019
19th September to 22 September 2019
Old Truman Brewery, 24 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6DR
Open invite to London Design Festival, KraalD is super excited to be selected by the curatorial board and play the part of the DR4C Showcase 2019 narrative that is a vehicle of change in design professions.
Design Research for Change 2019 is a showcase of over 60 design-led projects that traverse disciplinary, methodological, geographical, and conceptual boundaries. The projects illustrate wide-ranging social, cultural, and economic impact and highlight the significant roles that UK-based Design researchers play in some of the most complex and challenging issues we face both in the UK and globally and the positive outcomes that are being designed and developed.
KraalD Sea PET Jellyfish Mobile Workshop
KraalD Sea PET Jellyfish Mobile workshop starts from 15:00 h to 17:00 h on the 7th August 2019 @ RAW Labs London. Workshop length is two hours free to attend workshop open to ages 4 to 12 years and up and it is designed for the easy peas craft skill levels. The interactive workshop event is part of the Tall Tales of the Kitchen Kelpies Soup group exhibition that is open from 30 th August and closing on 8th September 2019.
Join in your hands in making with plastics Sea PET Jellyfish Mobiles from the reused single-use plastics; fruit mesh, bottle tops, and bottle rings and colourful cable ties with Katarina from KraalD and guest artist T.J. Thorn. Let us make lush plastic voices in this oceanic underwater world affair together! This workshop is helping raise those silent plastic pollution voices heard in a joyful making manner.
In order to have all alphabetical ingredients for the oceanic soup for jellyfish bloom to thrive, bring along a smile and small plastic toys to weave into the making story.
Plastic pollution is hard to understand and super wicked to reverse and thus requires new ways of engaging with plastics materiality. In this design and art activist workshop, we visually co-create and in hands on making evoke and share some of my thoughtful explorations that are offering a more than human perspective on the oceanic plastic pollution.
I also invite the participatory stakeholders and audience to visualise the ocean in novel ways – as the living landfill. In the Sea PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic series, I am gazing in, beyond technocratic and technological solutions addressing plastics waste management, encouraging to envision plastics entanglement in oceans, while engaged in material tactics of single-use plastics reuse.
“I” trash, therefore “we” are.
Re-opening the bin. An international conference on waste, economy, culture and society June 11-13 2020 University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
First announcement for the international conference:
Re-opening the bin – Waste, economy, culture and society
June 11-13, 2020, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Book the date today and please spread out to your networks!
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, lifestyles, 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 dialogue 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 dialogue.
The conference will combine seminars with field visits, food and waste activities. If you would like to organize a special “waste fraction” (session), please contact us with a proposal by September 15. We will have a “bulky waste fraction” where abstracts can be sent and then “sorted out” to waste fractions by the organizing committee.
Submission of abstract: January 15, 2020
Acceptance decision: February 1, 2020
Registration date: April 15, 2020
Sending in full paper or work-in-progress: May 11, 2020
Conference at University of Gothenburg: June 11-13, 2020
Facebook Re-Opening the Bin Group
The conference will be held at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Sebastián Carenzo, University of Quilmes
Hervé Corvellec, Lund University
Jutta Gutberlet, University of Victoria
Ulrika Holmberg, University of Gothenburg
Sandra Samuelsson, University of Gothenburg
Allison Stowell, Lancaster University
Patrik Zapata, University of Gothenburg
María José Zapata Campos, University of Gothenburg
1500 Sek / 160 € + VAT if applicable. PhD students and scholars from middle-low income countries can apply for fee release. We are working to get a limited number of grants and will post more information when communicating acceptance decision. Re-opening the bin. An international conference on waste, economy, culture and society June 11-13 2020 University of Gothenburg, Sweden Re-opening the bin. An international conference on waste, economy, culture and society June 11-13 2020 University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Plastics with the Living Voice
Plastics with the Living Voice_The Sea PET
Goldsmiths Postgraduate Research Conference 2019 ‘Futures of the Real’
Plastics with the Living Voice
KraalD praxis continues to nurture a complex metaspace, self-entangled in design research, art and craft-making practice with plastic things exploring ontologies of the “more than human worlds” borrowing the term from the (Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, 2017). My speculative materiality research with plastic things was initially theoretically influenced by Bill Brown’s (2001), “Thing Theory” literal critique that rests upon the “material fetishism” (Brown, 2001, p. 5). Brown argues that as a society, we confront the thingness of objects only when they stop functioning for us (Brown, 2001, pp.1-22). Ambiguous in its core, the power of the thing is almost always associated as ugly once it has been pulled out of its context, eliminated and exorcised.
In the “Metamorphoses” Braidotti (2002), concludes that “if you don’t like complexities of real life you could not possibly feel at home in the third millennium” and predicts that “non-unitary subjectivity, complexity and multiplicity will be the key terms for the 21 century…as well as the fear, terror, ethical and political panic combined with technological and cultural advances” (Braidotti, 2002, p. 263-264).
The research journey further combined Bill Brown’s theory with the Rosie Braidotti (2006) Nomadic ethics, strongly influenced by the “Transpositions” that justifies my changing order of intent “into bio-centred egalitarianism” (Braidotti, 2006:111), and following the notion of the plastics with nonhuman other material embodiment.