Publications

Books -

Hird, M.J. The Public Sociology of Waste. Bristol University Press (under contract and in preparation).

Hird, M.J. Canada’s Waste Flow. McGill-Queen’s University Press. McGill-Queen’s University Press (forthcoming).

Rollins, Y. and Kuyvenhoven, C. (eds.) Throw Away Societies: People, Places, and Waste. Ashgate Publishing (forthcoming).

Articles in Refereed Journals -

Yoshizawa, R. and Hird, M.J. (2019) ‘Schrödinger’s Placenta: Determining Placentas as (Not)Waste’ Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, pp.1-17.

 

Wilkes, J. and Hird, M.J. (2019) ‘Colonial Ideologies of Waste: Implications for Land and Life’, Europenow special issue ‘Confronting Waste’EuropeNow, https://www.europenowjournal.org/2019/05/06/confronting-waste/

 

Metuzals, J. and Hird, M.J. (2018) ‘ “The Disease that Knowledge Must Cure?” Sites of Uncertainty in Uranium mining in Arctic Development’, Arctic Yearbook, pp.1-17.

Hird, M.J. ‘Putting it all Together: A Day in Puchuncavi and Reflections on Contamination’, Environmental Humanities, 10(1): 187-212.

Lougheed, S., Metuzals, J. and Hird, M.J. (2017b) ‘Modes of Governing Canadian Waste Management: A Case Study of Metro Vancouver’s Energy-from-Waste Controversy’, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, pp. 1-14. ISSN: 1523-908X (Print) 1522-7200. Online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2017.1343137

Lougheed, S. C., & Hird, M. J. (2017a). Food security and secure food in the Anthropocene. Crime, Law and Social Change, 40(7), 739. http://doi.org/10.1007/s10611-017-9699-x

 

Hird, M.J. ‘How do We Help the Environment?’ in Hird, M.J. and Pavlich, G. (eds.) Questioning Sociology: Canadian Perspectives. Third Edition. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2016, pages forthcoming.

Hird, M.J. ‘Burial and Resurrection in the Anthropocene: Instrastructures of Waste’ in P. Harvey, C. Bruun Jensen and A. Morita (eds.) Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge Companion (forthcoming).

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Waste Legacies: Land, Waste, and Canada’s DEW Line’, Northern Research, 42: 173-195. http://journals.sfu.ca/nr/index.php/nr/article/view/567

Lougheed, S., Hird, M.J., and Rowe, R.K. ‘Governing Household Waste Management: An Empirical Analysis and Critique’ Environmental Values, 25:3. doi: 10.3197/096327116X14598445991420.

 

Hird, M.J. ‘The Phenomenon of Waste World Making’ in 'Quantum Possibilities: The Work of Karen Barad' special issue of rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (forthcoming).

 

Zahara, A. and Hird, M.J. ‘Raven, Dog, Human: Inhuman Colonialism and Unsettling Cosmologies’, ‘Learning How to Inherit in Colonized and Ecologically Challenged Lifeworlds’ special issue of Environmental Humanities, 2015, 7: 169-190. Available online: http://environmentalhumanities.org/archives/vol7/

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Waste, Environmental Politics and Dis/Engaged Publics’ in N. Clark and K. Yusoff (eds.) ‘Geo-Social Formations’ special issue of Theory, Culture and Society, 2015, pages forthcoming.

 

Hird, M.J. ‘In/human Waste Environments’ 'Queer Inhumanisms' special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. , 2014, 21(2-3): 213-215.

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Waste Flows’, The Discard Studies Compendium (in press). See http://discardstudies.com/discard-studies-compendium/#Wasteflows

 

Clark, N. and Hird, M.J. ‘Deep Shit’, E. Joy and L. Bryant (eds.) ‘Objects/Ecology’ special issue of O-Zone: A Journal of Object-Oriented Studies, 2014, 1:44-52. http://o-zone-journal.org/issue/. ISSN:2326-8344.

 

Hird, M.J., Lougheed, S., Rowe, K. and Kuyvenhoven, C.. ‘Making Waste Management Public (or Falling Back to Sleep)’ Social Studies of Science, 2014, 44(3): 441-465. [...]

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Planetary Messmates: Engaging with Elizabeth Mazzolini and Philip Olson on the Topic of Waste’, Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 2013, 2(10): 52-57.

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Is Waste Indeterminacy Useful?  A response to Zsuzsa Gille’, Social Epistemology, 2013, 2(6): 28-33. ISSN 0269-1728 (print)/ISSN 1464-5297 (online).

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Waste, Landfills, and an Environmental Ethics of Vulnerability’, Ethics and the Environment, 2013, 18(1): 105-124. ISSN: 1085-6633.

 

Hird, M.J. ‘Knowing Waste: Toward an Inhuman Epistemology’, Social Epistemology, 2012, 26(3-4): 453-469. ISSN 0269-1728 (print)/ISSN 1464-5297 (online).

 

Chapters in Books -

Hird, M.J. and Yusoff, K. ‘Lines of Shite: Microbial-Mineral Chatter in the Anthropocene’ R. Braidotti, and S. Bignall (eds.) Posthuman Ecologies and Deleuzian Philosophy. Rowman and Littlefield, pp.265-282.

 

Hird, M.J. and Kuyvenhoven, C. ‘Waste Transporation and the Downstream-Recycle, Upstream-Reduce Equation: Waste’s Management Within Neoliberal Capitalism’ in R. Ek (ed) Opening the Bin, Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 77-95.

Clark, N. and Hird, M.J. ‘Microontologies and the Politics of Strata’ in M. Coleman and J. Agnew (eds.) Geographies of Power. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 245-258.

Hird, M.J. and Zahara, A. (2017) ‘The Arctic Wastes’ in Grusin, R. (ed) Anthropocene Feminism. University of Minnesota Press, pp.121-145.

 

Hird, M.J. (2017) ‘Burial and Resurrection in the Anthropocene: Instrastructures of Waste’ in P. Harvey, C. Bruun Jensen and A. Morita (eds.) Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Routledge Companion.

Hird, M.J. (2017) ‘Proliferation-Extinction-Anxiety and the Anthropocene Aesthetic’ in J. Weinstein and C. Colebrook (eds.) Inhuman Life and Posthuman Rights. Columbia University Press, pp. 251-270.

 

Hird, M.J. (2016) ‘The Phenomenon of Waste World Making’ in K. Sellberg, and P. Hinton (eds.) Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, 30, http://www.rhizomes.net/issue30/ 

 

Hird, M.J. and Yusoff, K. (2015)  ‘Subtending Relations: Bacteria, Geology, and the Possible in the Anthropocene’ in S. Malik and A. Ananessian (eds.) Genealogies of Speculation, New York: Bloomsbury Press pp. 319-342.

Datasets -
Hird, Myra J; Lougheed, Scott C; Kuyvenhoven, Cassandra; Rowe, R Kerry. Perspectives on Municipal Waste Management in Kingston, Ontario, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/10864/11926

 

 

 

Keynote Lectures and Invited Talks

Hope Town Zero Waste

Juliette Deal

March 2018

(Hope Town Association Zero Waste Program Launch, Elbow Cay, Abaco. 

 

Settler Colonialism and Canadian Waste: Issues of Self-determination and Responsibility

James Wilkes and Myra J. Hird

December 2017

Mineral Forum, SLU,

Uppsala, Sweden

 

Canada’s Waste Flow

 

Myra Hird

March 2017

Université Lumière Lyon 2, Institut d'urbanisme de Lyon, France

 

 

Infrastructures of Waste

 

Myra Hird

December 2017

ASCA Cities Research Seminar, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 

 

Deep Shit

 

Myra Hird

November 2017

Center for Medical Science and Technology Studies and the associated Graduate Programme in Medicine Culture and Society, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Food Regulation: The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread or Just Plain Nuts!

Scott Lougheed

January 2017

Atlantic Conference on Public Administration. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Metabolizing the Planet

 

Myra Hird

November 2017

Mind the Gut Symposium,

Medical Museum,

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Microontologies of Waste, and the Radical Asymmetry of a Stratified Planet

 

Myra Hird

October 2016

Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Penn State University

The Up- and Down-stream Flows of Waste: Reflecting on Waste within Neo-liberal Capitalism

 

Myra Hird

October 2017

Des Déchets à l’économie circulaire: Publics, politiques et engagements citoyens’, EVS, Universite de Lyon, France

 

 

Data Management: Not a waste of time

 

Scott Lougheed

May 2015

Second Annual Data Day, Queen’s University Library. Kingston, Ontario.

 

 

Trans Animalities: Inhuman Waste

 

Myra Hird

October  2015

Tema Genus, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

 

Burial and Ressurection in the Anthropocene: Infrastructures of Waste

 

Myra Hird

October  2015

Santiago, Chile

Governing the Inorganic: Materials, Infrastructures and Care Conference

 

Burial and Ressurrection in the Anthropocene

 

Myra Hird

October  2015

Tema Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

 

 

Waste, Environmental Politics, and Dis/Engaged Publics

 

Myra Hird

February  2015

California State University, Pasadena, United States

 

Learning How to Inherit in Colonized and Ecologically Challenged Lifeworlds Interdisciplinary Symposium

 

Wast(ED): Colonial Legacies in the Anthropocence

 

Myra Hird

September 2014

University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

 

Learning How to Inherit in Colonized and Ecologically Challenged Lifeworlds Interdisciplinary Symposium

 

Proliferation-Extinction-Anxiety and the Anthropocene Aesthetic

 

Myra Hird

June 2014

Oxford University of London, London, UK

 

Leverhulme Trust Lecture

 

Waste-Colonialism

 

Myra Hird

May 2014

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

Life Matters Conference – Closed Workshop, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. 

 

On Preparations: Learning and Teaching Materiality 

 

Myra Hird

June 2013

Stockholm University, Stockholm

 

Myra Hird  keynotes at Developing Feminist Post-Constructivist Qualitative Research Methodologies in the Educational Sciences. 

 

Sex Matters on a Sociable Planet

 

Myra Hird

April 2013

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

 

Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

 

Conversations with the More than Human

 

Myra Hird

November 2011

American Anthropological Association, Montreal

 

the American Anthropological Association (AAA) is the world's largest organization of individuals interested in anthropology.

Waste, Environmental Politics, and Dis/Engaged Publics

 

Myra Hird

April  2015

Geography Department, University of Edinburgh

 

Material Flows in the Anthropocene

 

Myra Hird

February  2015

Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden

 

G14 Conference: Challenging Power  bringing together the broad and interdisciplinary field of Swedish gender research. The conference facilitated critical analysis, exchange of experiences and new research constellations, as well as to stimulate research cooperation between different academic disciplines.

 

What Was the Anthropocene?

 

Myra Hird

September 2014

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

Myra Hird is visiting professor at Tema Genus Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Here she speaks as part of the Autumn Seminar Series.

 

What Was the Anthropocene?

 

 

Myra Hird

June 2014

Oxford University of London, London, UK

 

Leverhulme Trust Lecture

 

Relations of Waste World-Making

 

Myra Hird

April 2014

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

 

Myra Hird speaks at Anthropocene Feminism, Center for 21st Century Studies.

 

Indifferent Globality

 

Myra Hird

June 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Myra Hird speaking at the Constructions of Globality: Ideas, Images and Artefacts Conference. in Denmark

 

Sex Matters on a Sociable Planet

 

Myra Hird

April 2013

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

 

Myra Hird speaks as a guest of the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

 

Feminist Theory and the Inhuman

 

Myra Hird

November 2012

McGill University, Montreal

 

Myra Hird speaks at the Feminist Theory Conference at McGill University

 

Microlife: Waste Flow, Care,

and an Ethic of Vulnerability 

 

Myra Hird

April 2012

Gender Studies Department, Sodertorn, Sweden.

 

Myra Hird speaks as a guest of the Gender Studies Department, Sodertorn, Sweden.

 

Diversity and Asymmetry at the Biophysical, Biocultural, and Biodigital Strata

 

Myra Hird

June 2011

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich.

 

 

Waste, Environmental Politics, and Dis/Engaged Publics

 

Myra Hird

October 2014

Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland

 

Learning How to Inherit in Colonized and Ecologically Challenged Lifeworlds Interdisciplinary Symposium

Waste, Environmental Politics and Dis/Engaged Publics

 

Myra Hird

September 2014

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

Myra Hird is visiting professor at Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

Metabolizing Strata: Proliferation and Diversification Underground

 

Myra Hird

May 2014

Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden

 

This conference aims to delve into exactly that shape-shifting plasticity of life by intersecting it with the phenomena of sex, sexuality, affect, and control.

 

Waste and Environmental Politics in the Shadow of Terminal Capitalism

 

Myra Hird

December 2013

Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

 

Leverhulme Trust Lecture, Lancaster Environment Center, Centre for Science Studies, and Center for Gender Studies.

 

Global visions: Environmental Responsibility Without Limits

 

Myra Hird

June 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Myra Hird speaking at the Constructions of Globality: Ideas, Images and Artefacts Conference. in Denmark

 

Waste: Uncertainty, Futurity, and Democratic Engagement

 

Myra Hird

April 2013

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. 

 

Myra Hird speaks as a guest of the Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.

 

Canada’s Waste Flow: Uncertain Futures 

 

Myra Hird

November 2012

McGill School of Environment, Montreal

 

Myra Hird speaks as a guest of the McGill School of Environment, Montreal.

 

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Myra Hird

May/June 2012

McGill University, Montreal

 

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the premiere destination for Canada’s scholarly community. 

 

 

Toward an Ethic of Vulnerability

 

Myra Hird

May 2011

Lancaster University, UK

 

Masters Level Short Course - Feminist Technoscience Studies: Articulating the human and the non-human.

 

 

Recalling, Recovering, (Re)cycling, and Rendering: The Metabolism of the Industrial Food System

 

Lougheed, S.

October 2014

International Conference on Food Studies, Prato, Italy

 

An interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of agricultural, environmental, nutritional, health, social, economic and cultural perspectives on food.

 

Conferences, Poster Presentations and Blogs

Lines of Shite: Traversing Plateaus in Microbial-Mineral Evolution

Myra J. Hird

April 2018

American Association of Geography Conference, New Orleans, USA.

 

Sites of Uncertainty: Exploring Conflicted, Imagined Futures of Baker Lake, NU.

June 2017

Environmental Studies Association of Canada annual Conference

The Wastes of Biopolitical Food Safety Governance

Lougheed, S.

April 2016

Annual Association of Geographers, San Francisco

 

 

Innovative Solutions to Canada’s Waste Management Problem: Comparing Local Versus Remote Waste Transportation

 

Kuyvenhoven, C.

April 15

International Conference on Food Studies, Prato, Italy

 

Paper presentation at the American Association of Geographers

 

The Risks to Human and Environmental Health and Safety in the Transportation of Canadian Municipal Solid Waste

 

Kuyvenhoven, C. 

April 2014

Tampa, Florida

 

Paper presentation at the American Association of Geographers Panel on Waste Regimes.

 

 

Moving Waste Around: The Impacts of Waste Transportation from an Environmental Sociology Perspective

 

Kuyvenhoven, C. 

August 2013

St. John’s, NFLD

 

Paper presentation at the Canadian Association of Geographers Special Session on Waste and Indeterminacy

 

 

Interviews

Sites of Uncertainty: Exploring Conflicted, Imagined Futures of Baker Lake, NU.

April 2017

Poster presentation, Queen’s northern Research Symposium

A Critical examination of the state of incineration in Canada

 

Metuzals, J.

October 2014

Poster Presentation in Think Share Learn Discover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Environmental Impacts of Canadian Waste Transportation: From a Risk and Uncertainty Perspective

 

Kuyvenhoven, C. 

June 2014

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Paper presentation at the Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

 

 

Waste Regimes: The Material and Political Waste Which We Live by in Different Localities

 

Kuyvenhoven, C. 

April 2014

Tampa, Florida

 

Panel presentation at the American Association of Geographers Panel on Waste Regimes.

 

 

 

The Construction of ‘Waste’ in Cheese Production

 

Lougheed, S.

June 2012

Waterloo, Ontario

 

Paper presentation at the Canadian Sociological Association, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

 

Videos

Legislating Canadian Disposal at Sea: Implications for the Northwest Passage

 

Kuyvenhoven, C. and Zahara, A.

May 2014

Brock University. St. Catharines, ON

 

Cassandra Kuyvenhovenand Alexander Zahara present at the Canadian Association of Geographers annual conference.

 

The Value of Whey: Networks and Social Lives of Things

 

Lougheed, S.

October 2013

International Conference on Food Studies, Austin, Texas

 

An interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of agricultural, environmental, nutritional, health, social, economic and cultural perspectives on food.

 

Events

Myra J. Hird, FRSC

Professor

Queen's National Scholar

Director, genera Research Group

School of Environmental Studies

Queen’s University