Waste Worlding is a virtual summer institute held between June 3-6 and hosted by the Bucknell Humanities Center. This institute is designed to highlight interdisciplinary approaches to the various worlds of waste by inviting scholars to workshop writing and works in progress. This seminar-style institute intends to recenter the peripheral “throw away” nature of waste in its various forms, temporalities, and media. The institute will be hosted exclusively via Zoom to allow the fullest and most accessible participation for a cohort of international scholars.

We invite scholars, scholar-activists, and artistic practitioners of waste to explore “waste worlding” as a concept that is deliberately broad and discipline-inclusive. Waste is a naturecultural concept for considering how worlds are built and destroyed by our enmeshment with its myriad forms and realities. We seek to engage those worlds.

Over 4 days, participants will engage with three plenary speakers: Myra Hird, Cleo Woelfle-Hazard, and TBD. In addition, participants will be placed in small, interdisciplinary groups to workshop articles, essays, conference talks, and/or book proposals in progress. We will also discuss future publication opportunities as a collective.

To foster an intimate atmosphere that includes rigorous and constructive feedback, participation is limited to 18 individuals. Ladder faculty, adjuncts, independent scholars, and graduate students advanced to candidacy are welcome to apply. We are mindful of the alternative responsibilities and additional stressors that accompany conferencing in the present, and as a result, we will offer each participant a $150 stipend upon completion of the institute.

Application Deadline: May 10, 2024
Decisions by May 15, 2024

To apply, please upload the following materials to the online application form:

Application Form (https://forms.gle/cGmUuTg1pSkFoXMA7)

  • CV (no more than 2 pages)
  • 250-word abstract of project to be workshopped
  • 250-word response detailing how this institute will serve your goals

For questions or comments about Waste Worlding, please contact Prof. Jeremy Chow ([email protected]).