TRASH conference – Friday 14th Sept 2012 – University of Sussex

I will be giving a paper entitled ‘Eliot’s Exhalations’ – a short piece about reading manuscript drafts and textual waste – at the TRASH conference at the University of Sussex in September. The conference organisers describe their aims: ‘Trash operates as a physical and symbolic manifestation of consumer society and its associated debris; it celebrates the filthy, excessive and grotesque; and it expresses how power communicates and classifies abject bodies. It not only describes the devaluation of trash culture, but it also refers to the material practices and processes through which we deal with ‘waste’ in all its forms. This one day conference will rummage through the trash heap of history, art, media, culture, politics, and society in order to uncover new scholarly approaches and methods that continue to appropriate and recycle theories of trash.’

Guest speaker: Dr Tracey Potts, University of Nottingham

Arpad Boczen, Sweet Urban Stink in our Ears, Advanced School of Architecture, Budapest

Francisco Calafate-FariaThe ‘Museum of Rubbish’ in Curitiba: Short-Cycling or Line of Flight?, Goldsmiths, University of London

Sarah Carney‘Sometimes a tampon in a banana skin is just a tampon in a banana skin’— Don DeLillo: keeping trash trash because beauty is truth and truth is death,  University of Sussex

Amy  Carson, Title TBC, University of Leeds,

Munira CheemaAssessing the power of Trash TV in Pakistani television culture, University of Sussex

Natacha ChevalierWhen waste was trash: The thrifty 30s and 40s, University of Sussex

Bel Deering, Mortal Remains: the perils, pitfalls and pleasures of studying rubbish in a graveyard setting, University of Brighton

Simon Hobbs, Antichrist as the Culturally Schizophrenic Artefact, University of Portsmouth

Chris Lloyd, Hurricane Katrina and the South’s disposable (trashy) bodies, Goldsmiths, University of London

James MacDowellSo Bad it’s Good: Value, Intention, and the Aesthetics of Ironic Appreciation, University of Warwick

Claire Reddleman“Modern and contemporary route-finding”: reactivating dead labour as spheres of appearance in ‘Pennine Street 2012, Goldsmiths, University of London

Cheryl RobertsSkeletons in her Cupboard, University of Brighton

Clare ThomasPlastic Beaches, Plastic Sea, University College Falmouth

Will VineyEliot’s Exhalations, Assistant Editor, Pluto Press; Commissioning Editor, Pod Academy

Tally Yaacobi-GrossRemembering the discarded: Waste, guilt and trauma, Goldsmiths, University of London