Call for papers: Waste in Asia International Conference

International Conference, 9–11 June 2016, Leiden University (the Netherlands) We invite proposals for papers exploring the theme of ‘Waste in Asia’ from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences, regarding both the present day and the past. Possible topics might include (but need not be limited to) waste collection and recycling, food waste and its prevention, packaging, dustbins, and other forms of material culture related to waste, garbage art, digital waste and waste-related literature. We particularly welcome papers that focus on social, political and cultural contexts influencing attitudes, practices and policies related to waste across Asia, as well as their social, political and cultural consequences. Read...

Research presentation on everyday food waste

David Evans of Manchester University presents his research on household waste, particularly food waste, in a presentation titled “Crossing the threshold: why do households waste food and what can we do about it?” at an event hosted by the Sustainable Consumption Institute, London, March 16, 2012....

7 November 2014: Art with Agenda: Socially Engaged Art Practices in Post-Cold War Japan

The Research Project ‘From Garbage to Art: Environmental Consciousness in Japan in the Post-Cold War Era’ brings together experts on waste and consumption, environmental issues, visual culture and art history. This is the second workshop of the project organized by Dr. E. Machotka and Prof. dr. K.J. Cwiertka (LIAS). The project is financed by MEARC. More information, and for the workshop...

New publication by Federica Marra – Fighting Food Loss and Food Waste in Japan

We are pleased to announce that Federica Marra, our Food Waste Liaison, is one of the contributors to the recently launched online journal Innovative Research in Japanese Studies (IRJS). IRJS aims to be a platform for graduate students, enrolled in PhD and Master programmes. Marra’s article, ‘Fighting Food Loss and Food Waste in Japan’ is based on her MA thesis, which she wrote at Leiden University under the guidance of Prof. Cwiertka. Please click the link to find the full article in PDF. Abstract of ‘Fighting Food Loss and Food Waste in Japan’ Japan discards approximately eighteen million tons of food annually, an amount that accounts for 40% of national food production. In recent years, a number of measures have been adopted at the institutional level to tackle this issue, showing increasing commitment of the government and other organizations. The greatest achievements have been observed in the treatment of food waste as a renewable resource, mainly through its conversion into animal feed. A number of new initiatives have also been launched to promote a systematic approach in the distribution and consumption sectors in order to fight consumer behavior and commercial practices that are still generating an elevated amount of food loss and waste. Along with the aim of environmental sustainability, these initiatives are also attempting to tackle food waste recycling and food loss...