Capitalist Discard, Durability, and Romani Racialized Labor in the Anthropocene: A Conversation with Elana Resnick

Join Cindy for the third episode in this Spring’s collection, Economies of Waste and Discard. In this Episode Cindy is joined by Dr. Elana Resnick. Elana’s fieldwork among a group of Romani street sweepers in Sofia Bulgaria gave her first hand insight into the racialization of waste labor, as well as how this work has been affected by the post-socialist transition and EU accession. Elana Resnick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California Santa Barbara.

To learn more about Elana’s work, please visit her website: elanaresnick.com

Life and Livability at the Dump: A Conversation with Kathleen Millar

Join Cindy as she continues her exploration into the economic anthropology of waste and discards with Dr. Kathleen Millar. Kathleen is an associate professor of Anthropology at Simon Frasier University and is the author of Reclaiming the Discarded: Life and Labor on Rio’s Garbage Dump which won the Society for Economic Anthropology’s book award in 2020. She is also the co-Editor of The Anthropology of Work Review. Her work explores questions of the human condition that emerge in experience of work, economy and urban life in Latin America.

Dumpster Diving, a Food Sharing Revolution, and Economies of Abjection: A Conversation with David Giles

In the first episode in the series, Cindy Isenhour talks with David Giles, an anthropologist who has long been working with the Food Not Bombs movement in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Boston and Melbourne. In these urban hearts of global capitalism David has scavenged food out of dumpsters and cooked with members to feed the community with food discarded by restaurants, grocers and food distribution facilities. Cindy and David talk about the absurdity of the criminalization of food sharing, David’s thoughts on abjection and about his new book coming out this spring with Duke University Press, A Mass Conspiracy to Feed People: World Class Waste and the Struggle for the Global City.

For more of David’s work, please check out his website.