CfP, EASST +4S 2020: Acknowledging residues: the (un)-making of an environmental concern

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Dear colleagues,

We invite abstract submissions for our open panel at the EASST+4S Conference 2020 ( in Prague (18-21 August 2020). The panel is entitled “Acknowledging residues: the (un)-making of an environmental concern”.

Signe Mikkelsen (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)
Franziska Klaas (Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo)

Discussant: Professor Susanne Bauer (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)

Panel abstract:
Residues are reduced and transformed remnants of formerly present materials, events, or actions. Frequently associated with chemicals, pesticides, and waste, they are also the result of discard and excess, sticky – yet unruly – bordering both the visible and the invisible. A consequence of past and present material legacies, they pervade and persist in environments, humans, and non-humans alike, carrying with them potentially hazardous or toxic afterlives.

Yet, residues do not always emerge as environmental concerns – nor as bodily, political, or material ones. Rather, they are often a (non)-concern, sometimes evading recognition and response, despite their ubiquitous presence.

This open panel invites contributors to critically engage with the question of when, how, and to whom residues become a concern. It asks under what circumstances particular forms of residue might rise to levels of acknowledgement and political engagement – thereby constituting a call for action – while other forms of residues are silenced, muted, or overlooked.

Attending to the practices, politics, histories, and technologies that go into the making of residues as concerns, it wishes to remain attentive to the (potentially) hazardous materialisations of residues and their ecological and embodied outcomes. This means acknowledging past legacies as well as lasting effects and generated inequalities. This allows for a careful engagement with potential threats embedded within these issues as with political possibilities that might arise from such recognition.

Submission information:
Abstracts may be submitted directly on the 4S/EASST website: The deadline for submissions are February 29, 2020.

After logging in, click ‘Submit A New Proposal’ followed by ‘Papers for open Panels’. Scroll down until you find Panel #196 titled “Acknowledging residues: the (un)-making of an environmental concern”. Submissions should consist of a paper title (50 words maximum) and a paper abstract (250 words maximum).

In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either of us:

We look forward to your proposals!

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