Nov 18, 2021
- 11:00 to 12:30
- Discussion Group
- Dept. III
We will discuss a concept of circular economy in regard to bodily waste and body/waste and focus on the idea of circulation. The readings for the meeting are a paper by Italian economists on sustainable business model for processing sea urchins (Zilia et al. 2021) and a paper by German scholar of intellectual history Albrecht Koschorke on physiology (humoral body and blood circulation) and economical imagination in the eighteenth-century Europe (Koschorke 2008).
- Zilia, F., Bacenetti J., Sugni M., Matarazzo A., Orsi L. From Waste to Product: Circular Economy Applications from Sea Urchin // Sustainability. 2021. Vol. 13. 5427.
- Koschorke, A. Physiological Self-Regulation: The Eighteenth-Century Modernization of the Human Body // MLN. 2008. Vol. 123. No. 3 (German Issue: Selbstregulierung als Provokation). P. 469-484.
Contact and Registration
This is a hybrid event. To register, please contact Maria Pirogovskaya.
About This Series
The group will scrutinize the categories of 'waste' and 'the body.' We will examine the classificatory principles applied to define them in their temporal and geographical variations, and the meanings and potentials of waste in various sociocultural settings in order to allow for a better understanding of the ideologies and practices of dealing with animal and human bodies. We will explore this versatile topic through approaches from history of science and medicine, anthropology, environmental history and urban studies.
The general questions for discussion and investigation include (but are not limited to):
- What can be considered waste and what are the conditions and presuppositions for classifying it as such?
- How does bodily waste as well as regulations, practices, and values related to it enable better understanding of 'the human' and 'the animal'
- What opportunities does bodily waste open up for theorizing and thinking about knowledge production and society?