CFP: Understanding Waste (7/22/05; journal issue)
VERB, a new publication of the Humanities Center at Lehigh University,
is currently seeking short (< 3000 word) essays, articles, and creative
pieces on the subject of "waste," broadly defined. Potential topics
* Conspicuous consumption (including branding, planned obsolescence,
prestige economies, etc.,)
* Approaches to the abject (including cross-cultural attitudes to
abject material, such as garbage or sewage, as well as exclusionary
practices related to abject objects, groups, or individuals).
* Leisure (including readings of activities or programs conventionally
understood as wasteful).
* The consequences of waste (including the environmental, social, and
psychological costs of wasted resources, time, and people).
* Remedies for waste (including current or potential approaches for
reducing, recycling, or otherwise "making useful" things conventionally
understood as waste or wasted).
* Reclaiming of waste (including fine arts approaches such as found
object sculpture or found poetry, as well as politically or culturally
motivated activities such as adbusting).
* Representations of waste (including, but not limited to, those in
American popular media).
Discussions of any aspect of "waste," however, are welcome -- our goal
is in part a demonstration of the term's multivalence and extensive
The deadline for submissions is July 22nd, 2005. Completed pieces,
works in progress, ideas, and questions can be emailed to
nze2_at_lehigh.edu (subject line: VERB) or sent to:
VERB, c/o Nate Eastman
English Dept., Drown Hall, Lehigh University
35 Sayre Drive,
Bethlehem, PA 18015.
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Received on Thu Jun 23 2005 - 16:34:42 EDT