Food Packaging: uncovering the history

International Symposium, 1-2 Dec. 2017, Tokyo Convenors: Prof. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka (Leiden University) and Prof. Masanobu Ishikawa (Kobe University) This will be the very first symposium on the history of food packaging to bring together scholars and industry experts with the aim of mapping the agenda for investigating this as yet largely uncharted topic. It will offer a unique opportunity for discussion for anthropologists, economists, geographers, historians, and sociologists interested in, or working on, any aspect of food packaging history since 1900. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the open-access journal Worldwide Waste: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (www.worldwidewastejournal.com) The symposium will be organised jointly by Leiden University and Kobe University, in close cooperation with 3×3 Lab Future and Gomi Japan. It is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), as part of the activities undertaken within the framework of the Garbage Matters Project. More information soon to...

Waste in Asia Conference: Discussing Waste as a Global/Local Phenomenon

Between 9 and 11 June 2016, the conference Waste in Asia was held at Leiden University. The conference was organized by Prof. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka and hosted by the Garbage Matters Project. Twenty-nine speakers from around the world – including Taiwan, China, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands – gathered to discuss waste-related issues ranging from food waste in China and Indonesia, to recycling in Taiwan, to the representation of waste in film and literature in the Philippines and Korea. Waste was investigated both as an end product and as an object of transformation, or even a resource. Participants debated the ambivalence of waste and the ways in which waste circulates within and between countries. For an impression of the conference, please check out the pictures that are published on our website...

Conference has come to a close

The ‘Waste in Asia 2016‘ conference has come to a close and we wish to thank all speakers and participants of the Waste in Asia conference. We had a great time in Leiden meeting you all! Watch this space for the follow-up activities of the Waste in Asia conference, or have a look at our Garbage Matters on Facebook page. For those of you not attending ‘Waste in Asia’, the exhibition ‘Too pretty to throw away: Packaging design from Japan‘, linked to this conference, is still on view in the SieboldHuis in Leiden until August 28,...

Conference programme online

The programme of the upcoming conference ‘Waste in Asia 2016‘ is available online. This three day conference, organized by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, Professor of Modern Japan Studies, and hosted by by the Garbage Matters Project (Leiden University), will be held in Leiden from Thursday 9 June until Saturday 11 June, 2016. For questions about the conference and how to register, please view the ‘Waste in Asia 2016‘ conference programme page. Registration for the conference is...

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...