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Asian Studies Seminar Series : Educating about waste management: An ethnographic study of infrastructure and environmental education in rural Sumbawa, Indonesia Other events...
Anthropologists have long acknowledged the political and affective dimensions of infrastructures, but rarely have they paid attention to their educational aptitudes. Situated at the intersection between the anthropology of waste/infrastructure and environmental education, this multi-method research project interrogates the couplings that exist between waste management infrastructure and environmental education (EE). Waste management systems not only enable the movement and conversion of matter, but also the exchange and circulation of ideas, meanings and values. In contexts where integrated waste management systems are lacking, new forms of sociality, material improvisations and knowledge emerge to find ways to provide infrastructural services. My PhD is an ethnographic study of informal waste management programmes initiated by environmental NGOs (ENGOs) and carried out by youth organisations in rural coastal communities on the island of Sumbawa, in eastern Indonesia. In combination with established ethnographic methods, such as participant observation and semi-structured interviews, the project will employ a community-based art event and public exhibition to provide an ethnographically rich, visually compelling and publicly engaged account of people’s everyday perceptions and experiences of waste and youth-waste management strategies in two rural coastal communities. I shall examine these in the spheres of household, subsistence economy and communal life, with the view to understanding how social and socio-material relations, especially youth-community and state-society relations, and distinct practices of waste and waste-related pedagogies mediate and are mediated by waste management efforts.
Speaker(s) Lukas Fort
Location SS North room G25
Contact Dr Nicola Fraschini <nicola.fraschini@uwa.edu.au >
Start Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:00
End Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <ss@uwa.edu.au>
Last Updated Wed, 17 Oct 2018 08:06
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