Precarity, Burnout, Waste: Thoughts on Failing Bodies, Pandemic Living, and the Future of Waste Studies

  • Rachele Dini (Speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


    Invited keynote for an event funded by Gobierno de España Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación; Cultura e Literatura dos Estados Unidos; Agencia Estatal de Investigación. The first half mapped out areas for waste studies to venture in the context of recent global events and crises including Covid-19, the rise of precarity/zero-hour contracts, the climate crisis, the rise of far-right white supremacist movements, and the assault on women's rights and trans rights. The second half presented original research on the race and class politics of US and UK domestic cleaning product ads during the pandemic.

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    Period17 Feb 202219 Feb 2022
    Event titleLiterature and Globalization 2: Communities of Waste
    Event typeConference
    LocationCoruña, SpainShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • waste studies
    • waste theory
    • waste
    • precarity
    • neoliberalism
    • Covid-19
    • advertising
    • hygiene
    • domestic work
    • labour exploitation
    • burnout
    • gender inequality
    • race inequality
    • class inequality
    • white supremacy
    • Donald Trump
    • US culture
    • British culture
    • television
    • domestic hygiene
    • individualism
    • classism
    • racism
    • misogyny
    • cooption
    • corporate culture
    • greenwashing
    • Environmental Ethics
    • environmental sustainability
    • cleaning products
    • cleaning product industry
    • water shortages
    • climate change