Trash Objects Working Group Readings

Each year, in preparation for the conference, we hold working group meetings throughout the spring, summer, and fall. At these meetings, we read or watch and discuss texts that are pertinent to our theme.

The following are the texts we’ve explored in relation to the theme Trash Objects. This list will be updated as we continue to meet until the conference on October 27, 2018.

Walt Whitman, “This Compost!”

Decay and Renewal: An Analysis of Walt Whitman’s “This Compost”

Christopher Todd Anderson, “Sacred Waste: Ecology, Spirit, and the American Garbage Poem”

Sukhdev Sandhu, “Night Haunts”

Soylent Green

Lizzie Widdicombe, “The End of Food”

Susan Sontag, “Illness as Metaphor”

Susan Sontag, “AIDS and its Metaphors”

Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Diasporic Erotic: Love, Loss, and the Copy”

Ruby Tandoh, “Bad Taste” and “Deliciously Queer”

Kyla Wazana Tompkins, Introduction to Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the 19th Century

Visit to the Boston ICA’s exhibit We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85

Mimi Thi Nguyen’s Introduction to The Gift of Freedom

Rob Nixon, “Of Landmines and Cluster Bombs”

Mimi Thi Nguyen, “The Right to be Beautiful”

Transcript of We Want the Airwaves with Nia King and Mimi Thi Nguyen

Evolution of a Race Riot zine by Mimi Thi Nguyen

Eva Hayward, “Spiderwomen”, from Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility and Ayesha x Cult Days Spider Labor Solidarity

Stephanie K. Wheeler, “(Un)Mapping the City Beautiful: Orlando Florida’s ‘Ugly’ Settler Colonial Legacy”, from On the Politics of Ugliness

Mimi Thi Nguyen, “Grace, the Gift of the Girl in the Photograph” from The Gift of Freedom

Rita Wong and Rachel Carson

Minh-Ha T. Pham, The Right to Fashion in the Age of Terrorism and Mimi Thi Nguyen, The Biopower of Beauty: Humanitarian Imperialisms and Global Feminisms in an Age of Terror

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