Trash Dirt Filth Rot: How to Think with Waste
In this course we will explore foundations and frameworks of waste discourse. Multiple meanings of waste inflect our society—from trash we talk, to garbage we toss, to lives rendered disposable and lifeways discarded as worthless. Who says what (or who) counts as waste? How nasty is filth, really? How do whole landscapes and populations become sacrifices? We will scavenge through archives of theory, sci-fi, and popular culture to unbury just what happens when people, places, and things get trashed—and what happens when trash talks back.