ASECS 2012; San Antonio, TX; "Bellies and Underbellies: Waste, Consumption, and the Eighteenth-Century"
The Eighteenth Century has been dubbed the nascent moment of consumerism and consumer society. Yet, in an ever increasing world of goods, what becomes of the bad? How does an expanding Empire, and an increasingly urbanized populace deal with the aftermath of its excesses? This panel seeks to ponder issues of waste in the Eighteenth Century. In seeking to understand how notions of excess and excrement might inform larger concerns of the period proposals considering both personal issues of waste and societal issues of waste are encouraged.