The Symposium 2019-2020: Waste
Pennoni Honors College
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The theme for the 2018-19 Symposium is “Waste.” Waste is fundamentally a problem about management and distribution: how we order it, how we handle it, how we make sense of it, what we do with it. In this sense, waste is incredibly potent for revealing the apparatus of maintenance that is required to make it continually disappear. Waste does not disappear, of course, but it is rather distributed to Away and places elsewhere. It is only when we happen to live in or nearby Elsewhere, or we experience a break in the routine maintenance, or neglect of services, that we become painfully aware something is wrong. Thus we should pay attention to waste for what it tells us about value, society, and governance.