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Jour Fixe: Movements of Waste

May 13, 2014

The Cluster hosted its first Jour Fixe of the summer term on Thursday, May 15, in the Karl Jaspers Centre. Dr. Peter Wynn Kirby (Oxford) spoke about "Transborder Movements of Waste in East Asia and Beyond: Exploring Conversion, Relation, and Transcultural Connection".

Transborder flows of waste and waste's successive conversions challenge long-established concepts and categorizations in the analysis of cultures, environments, and materialities. Taking up the value regimes in which waste is produced, classified, interpreted, politicized, traded, and converted in Japan and China, as well as the regional dynamics of formal export and informal smuggling of waste throughout East Asia and beyond, the paper will explore the extent to which waste artifacts retain, transmit, and/or are emptied of culture in their iterations and material avatars.

Dr. Peter Wynn Kirby is senior visiting research associate at the University of Oxford and member of the Technological Natures: Materials, Cities, Politics research cluster. Discussant of the talk was Martin Dusinberre and the chair was Prof. Joachim Kurtz, HCTS Professor of Intellectual History

The Jour Fixe is a regular event of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" held two times during each semester. It is organised by the four research areas of the Cluster and their speakers Prof. Diamantis Panagiotopoulos (Area A), Prof. Christiane Brosius (Area B), Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Area C), and Prof. Monica Juneja (Area D).

Visit the Jour Fixe website for more information.


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