|2 Jun 2017||4:15pm - 5:45pm||Alison Richard Building, SG1|
The lecture will be given by Professor Zsuzsa Gille (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). This is a public event and is open to all, free of charge. No registration required.
In this talk, I will subject the concept and strategy of the circular economy to two types of scrutiny. One is a theoretical analysis informed by Michel Callon’s concepts of economisation, overflows, and agencement. The other is a historical comparison with an earlier attempt at creating a circular economy: the experimentation with placing Hungary’s socialist-era centrally planned economy on a zero-waste footing. I will use the empirical findings of this historical comparison to call attention to the capacity of zero waste and circular economy projects to produce particular political subjects, manage inequalities, and embrace scientific uncertainty.
The talk will form part of the Putting Dirt in Its Place: The Contemporary Politics of Waste conference (2 – 3 June 2017) at CRASSH. A pop-up exhibition exploring waste in images and the imaginary will be accompanying the conference.