[Reminder] The Rhetoric of Waste Panel, SAMLA, November 7-9, Atlanta, GA
"THE RHETORIC OF WASTE AND SUSTAINABILITY: Is the rhetoric of waste and sustainability a validation or a critique of neoliberalism? Can we lead less wasteful and more sustainable lives in an era of smart technologies and problem-solving ideology? Can we live off the grid, save the world, and sip fair trade coffee all at the same time? Last but not least, what's the humanistic perspective on empty signifiers such as efficiency, downsizing, outsourcing, sustainable systems, benefits-cost analysis, etc.? This panel invites papers on topics including but not limited to any critique of late capitalism, cultural analysis of community gardens, organic produce, food systems, or dumpster-diving, and teaching pedagogies dealing with eco-criticism and environmental studies. By June 15, please submit a 300-word abstract, a brief bio, and A/V requirements to Iuliu Ratiu, Georgia Institute of Technology, at email@example.com."