The Oxford English Dictionary lists three main senses for ‘waste’ in the English language:
- Waste or desert land
- Action or process of wasting
- Waste matter, refuse
The conference invites abstracts for 20 minute papers which fit under these broad headings.
Papers might consider, but are not limited to, the following areas and questions:
- The early modern association between waste and idleness
- The link between waste (land) and wilderness
- Waste paper
- Economic concerns relating to Shakespeare
- Do waste products of the body suggest a leveling and/or intensification of social hierarchy?
- The relationship between human waste and abjection
- The concept of human waste associated with digestion, purging, emetics, and / or blood-letting
- The concept and processes of ‘catharsis’ in relation to waste
- Waste in King Lear
- What does the imagery of contamination by human waste (muddy fountains / cisterns, stains, filth) suggest about the relationship between racial and ethnic groups?
- Human waste as the traditional Protestant symbol of money; conversely, money as the denial of feces and its evocation of the human body as pure physicality
Organizers: Johann Gregory, Paul Hamilton, Anne Sophie Refskou, Timo Uotinen, Richard Wilson.
Please submit abstracts and brief CVs, or register as an auditor, by emailing the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org before 1 May 2015 (auditors may register before 15 May)