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Simone Müller on "Contamination Guaranteed: America's Hazardous Waste in Global Perspective"

Lunchtime Colloquium

23.04.2015 12:00  – 14:00 

Location: Katholische Hochschulgemeinde (KHG), Leopoldstr. 11, 1st Floor

Simone Müller (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) will present on "Contamination Guaranteed: America's Hazardous Waste in Global Perspective, 1960s-1990s."

Using the example of Philadelphia and the international hazardous waste trade, this LC aims at unveiling the myriad processes of deciding what constitutes hazardous waste in the late twentieth century and why the political, economic, and cultural construction of toxic materiality changed between the 1960s and 1990s. It uses hazardous waste as a looking glass for talking about the pitfalls of modernity as such and to explore larger questions of how industrial societies reflect upon their own way of living based on a capitalist (and hence expansionist and to a degree exploitative) system of production and consumption.

The Lunchtime Colloquium is free and open to the public.

Snacks are served at 12:00; the lecture starts at 12:30.

For more information on the Lunchtime Colloquium series, please click here.