Schedule of Events, Tuesday December 13, 2022
A Friday Afternoon Address by Dr. Sarah A. Moore, University of Wisconsin, W.T. Young Library, UK Athletics Association Auditorium, University of Kentucky at 3:30pm.
Refuse and Refusal: The Radical Potential of Waste
Abstract: The modern problem of waste is often considered merely an unfortunate afterthought of capitalist mass production and consumption economies. In this paper, I instead begin from the premise that there would be no capitalist economy without waste. One way to read the preceding sentence is that capitalist societies necessarily produce waste – a true enough statement, but not exactly – or not only – what I mean. What I do mean is that, rather than an afterthought, waste is a necessary component of modern capitalism, a fundamental component that political-economic system. It is also a component whose necessity is denied by claims about recycling and circular economies; repressed by distancing and removal (out of sight, out of mind); and dismissed as an unfortunate externality. And, I argue, that denial, repression and dismissal of the fundamental importance of waste positions it as a site of radical political potential. In this talk, I draw from my research in waste studies at various scales to demonstrate how, when and where refuse (as in waste) exceeds management and manifests a psychic and material refusal to go along with the status quo.
Please contact the Geography Department's office for more information about joining us for the Bailey Alumni Lecture.
- Aretina Hamliton (PhD, 2018), Director of DEI, Brandeis University 
- Mark Graham (PhD, 2008), Professor, Oxford Internet Institute 
- Mary Gilmartin (PhD, 1995; MA, 2001), Professor, Maynooth University 
- Edward Carr (PhD, 2002), Professor, Clark University 
- Jamie Winders, Chair and Professor (PhD, 2004; BA, 1998), Syracuse University 
- Vincent Del Casino, Jr. (PhD, 2000), Vice Provost and Professor, University of Arizona