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15 Sep
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts / Hybrid
Sep 15, 2022 -Sep 17, 2022 | 5:00 PM-5:30 PM


The Discard Studies Conference: Exploring Disposal’s Past, Present, and Future

Over the past decade, an explosion of research, art, and activism has focused on waste and the forces that render certain objects, practices, and populations disposable. This work comes together in the interdisciplinary field of Discard Studies, which is driven by the questions of how, why, and to whom do waste, discards, and disposal matter? The Discard Studies Conference will bring together new and established scholars in the humanities and social sciences working on discards and related themes to evaluate the state of this emergent field and identify new directions for future research. Organized by professors Rosalind Fredericks, Mohammed Rafi Arefin, and Robin Nagle of the Discard Studies Collaborative and hosted by NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, the conference will include five panels showcasing fresh interdisciplinary research, an opening keynote and art exhibition in the Gallatin Galleries by artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, and three additional keynote lectures by Max Liboiron, Brenda Chalfin, and Samantha MacBride.  Co-sponsors for the event include the NYU Office of Sustainability, NYU Center for Humanities, NYU Liberal Studies, Global Design NYU, The Urban Democracy Lab, and the department of Environmental Studies.

The exhibition and conference are free and feature both an in-person and virtual attendance option.  All in person attendees must RSVP by Friday, September 9th.  All in person attendees must be cleared by the NYU VEOCI team which requires uploading your vaccination and booster information.  

Please view the conference webpage for schedule and additional information

Please note programming change for Thursday.  
*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mierle Laderman Ukeles will not be able to join us today to provide the opening keynote.*

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Saturday, September 17: Join us with this link


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