Dr. Hird Elected to Royal Society of Canada

Originally posted on Cassandra E. Kuyvenhoven:

Myra J. Hird has been recognized by her peers for her career as a distinguished interdisciplinary scholar with an international reputation for her multifaceted, collaborative investigations into science studies and environmental issues. Fellowship in the RSC is one of the highest recognitions for Canadian academics. Congratulations to Dr. Hird!

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Over 85 days on fire


Night shot of the City of Iqaluit Dumpcano

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Metal Dump. Iqaluit, NU.


11:54pm June 18th, 2014


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Transportation and Recycling

If there are no roads and no recycling facility, where do waste materials go? Most often, they stay put.

beer cans

Waste management (in the South) often equates to moving waste around. Currently, most recycling in Iqaluit is done by Mr. Bryan Hellwig at Northern Collectables, a local art and supply store. Once or twice a year, the recyclables (beer cans) are shipped to a Montreal recycling facility. For the rest of the year, they remain readily visible outside the store lot. This is just one of the differences between waste management in the Eastern Canadian Arctic: waste is neither out of sight nor out of mind.



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City of Iqaluit Landfill, West 40 garbage dump, Where the Ravens Go, #dumpcano, and/or Canadian TireImage

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Social Studies of Science on: Repair, publics, and “body dirt”

Alex Z:

A new paper by the Canada’s Waste Flow research group will be published in the June issue of Social Studies of Science (details below). The article Making Waste Management Public (or Falling Back to Sleep) is about how publics do (or don’t) assemble around waste as an issue. The paper is written by Dr. Myra Hird, Scott Lougheed, Dr. Kerry Rowe, and Cassandra Kuyvenhoven.

Originally posted on Discard Studies:

The June edition of The Social Studies of Science has three articles of interest to discard studies (details below). Social Studies of Science, or Science and Technology Studies (STS), critically examines the social processes through which scientific and technical knowledge is created, evaluated, challenged, spread, accepted, refuted, transformed, and fit back into social relations and culture. STS and discard studies share the conviction that “waste” is not given in nature, but is created, and thus study processes of waste becoming. Following Mary Douglas’ idea that, “Where there is dirt there is system. Dirt is the by-product of a systematic ordering and classification of matter, in so far as ordering involves rejecting inappropriate elements” (1988: 36), both disciplines research how “systematic ordering,” “classifications of matter” and “inappropriate elements” are created and naturalized in social-technical systems. An important topic in both disciplines is how scientific and technical objects and forms of…

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2014 ICASS Conference


Had a great first day at the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC. Dr. Myra Hird and I attended numerous talks including an impassioned keynote on self-governance by Chief Joe Linklater of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and an insightful paper discussion with Dr. Julie Cruikshank, author of Do Glaciers Listen (which I look forward to reading in the near future!).

It looks like we’ve got much in store over the next few days, including a tour of UNBC Bioenergy plant. More updates and photos of the excellent subarctic scenery to come.

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