CFP: The Temporalities of Waste: Out of Sight, Out of Time (edited collection)
Proposed Edited book to be pitched to Routledge Environmental Humanities or a similar series
Book Editors: Fiona Allon, Ruth Barcan, Karma Eddison-Cogan
Extended Call for Contributions deadline: 31st August 2018
You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in this proposed volume, to be submitted for consideration to Routledge’s Environmental Humanities Series or a similar series.
Waste is defined, managed, and transformed through varying temporal logics. Its spatial ordering marks
it as matter always at risk of being out of place: separation, containment, and social categorisation gives
it clear material and discursive boundaries. Likewise, our relationship with waste is also marked by time.
As William Viney writes: ‘Time conditions waste: it provides a measure of our uses, our projects and our
ambitions’. He writes that ‘With our recognition of waste comes an acknowledgement of time’s passing,
its power to organize notions of wearing, decay, transience and dissolution and its power to expose that
organizing function, to disclose how things are imbued with a sense of duration, punctuation and
intermission that makes time an explicit, tangible thing of thought’. The sense of time that articulates and
is articulated by waste across its broad semantic field highlights the significance of understanding waste
temporally as well as spatially.
With its restorative and regenerative strategies, the concept of the circular economy imagines a cyclical
time. Discourses and practices of renewal, repair, and revival of things nearing their end imagine new
lives for material objects that project them into the future. Obsolescence leave traces of the past, and
practices of repair and upcycling signal variabilities in value over time.
This edited collection aims to address the need for ongoing critical reflection on the temporalities of
waste in the context of sustainability, materiality, social practices, subjectivity, and environmental
challenges. It aims to be attuned to the multiple temporalities of waste, its circulation and transformation
as part of discourses of creative transformation and sharing economies, as well as the ways in which
waste lingers and does not move according to cyclical logics and temporalities.
Suggested themes (other themes also welcome):
Please submit your title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with your affiliation and a short
bio to firstname.lastname@example.org. The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 31
August 2018. A decision will be made regarding final selection by mid-September. For the final
submission, we would be hoping for a contribution of 6000-8000 words and we would be looking to
receive a draft from you by 1 July 2019.
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