CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies - Special Issue on "Waste"

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Joshua Gooch
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“As the capitalist mode of production extends, so also does the utilization
of the refuse left behind by production and consumption. Under the heading
of production we have the waste products of industry and agriculture, under
that of consumption we have both the excrement produced by man’s natural
metabolism and the form in which useful articles survive after use has been
made of them.” Marx, Capital, vol. 3

As Marx’s provocative definition suggests, multiple forms of waste appear
in capitalism’s uneven development. In this special issue of the Iowa
Journal of Cultural Studies, we seek essays that examine the functions and
constructions of waste from a variety of socio-political milieus and
cultural locations. What is waste and how is it produced, dealt with and
understood? What are the survivals of production and consumption? In a
modern context, what becomes of the category of waste in post-Fordist
production and under the hegemonic regime of immaterial labor? How does the
growth of the world market affect the geography of waste? We are looking
for an array of interpretations of waste, of capitalism’s refuse, from the
fields of history, anthropology and ethnography, literary studies, film and
the visual arts, communications and media studies, and, of course, cultural
studies writ large.

This call is not limited to interests of any century or geographic location.

Areas of interest include:
- Post-Marxism
- Subaltern and post-colonial studies
- Film
- The recycling and/or repurposing of culture
- Literature
- Philosophy (e.g. philosophies of nature such as Aristotle or Hegel)
- Visual art
- Ecology
- Waste Management / Recycling

Please submit three (3) printed copies and one electronic copy by May 31,
2008 to the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, English Department, 308
English-Philosophy Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. We
prefer essays no longer than 9,000 words, MLA format. Please keep
discursive endnotes to a minimum.

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