Un-earthed: Air Pollution

How can we reconceptualize air as a site of waste?

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Rounding off our discussion of waste, this session will consider air as a site of waste. A key difficulty in considering the nature of air is its “tangible intangibility” (Menely): although air inescapably surrounds us, it is difficult to grasp both experientially and conceptually. With the help of three texts, we will attempt to turn air conspicuous as a site of waste. We will consider the pollution of indoor and outdoor air, as well as the broader historical significance of air as our carbon emissions change the state of the atmosphere. Through reflecting on how we lay waste to air in various ways, our entanglement with the atmosphere will come to light.


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