Trash Ecologies: The Transnational Mise-En-Scène of Garbage

Apr 15, 2015
04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
124 Sparks

Dr. Sean Grattan, Gettysburg College

Garbage is everywhere, but there is a concerted effort made to ignore, forget, or refuse to acknowledge its existence. Circulating through non-human actors like currents and migratory patterns, garbage crosses national borders and sometimes seems to take on a life of its own. The ubiquity of garbage goes a long way to trouble the divide between nature and wilderness. This talk will examine representations of the obdurate materiality of garbage in what is increasingly described as an immaterial age. 

Sean Grattan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Gettysburg College. His current book project is Utopian Affects: Horizons of Community in Contemporary American Literature.

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