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DASTS KONFERENCE 2024: Elegies of waste, surplus, and excess

June 6 @ 10:00 - June 7 @ 16:30


Elegies of waste, surplus, and excess

Waste is all around us. It is a remnant or byproduct, but it is also actively produced by societies relentlessly chasing growth and progress. We live in times where what counts as waste is expanding: from radio-active waste, to plastics, inefficient energy production and uses, and even digital data. With this comes a growing need for efficiently managing, reducing, and even reusing it. Economies of waste and wasting thus also create new desires, risks, and controversies about what constitutes ‘good’ waste or ‘efficient wasting’. Interrogating waste and wasting as an effect of wider social, economic, political, cultural, and material systems, we wish to bring STS in conversation with the emerging fields of waste and discard practices – and beyond – to better understand processes around waste and wasting, as well as related issues of surplus and excess. We are interested in exploring how practices in the present co-produce future practices of wasting, and to probe how publics are engaged or excluded in the midst of it all.

DASTS 2024 provides a platform to gather and share ongoing and emergent STS-related research. We want to discuss how the current landscapes of STS methods and theories inform and impact practices and reactions to waste, surplus and excess. We welcome panel proposals and presentations that address the overall theme. Panels and papers that do not directly relate to the theme but are relevant to STS in other ways are thus also welcomed.

We encourage alternatives to the single authored paper presentation, such as workshop formats, and prototype exhibition or artistic performances  so please feel free to submit abstracts that reflect this or contact us about your idea.

Announcement of DASTS’24 panels and call for abstracts – and a few important updates

Our thanks to all panel convenors for their engagement with the conference theme on waste, surplus and excess. We have received panel suggestions from home and abroad and feel excited to see the breadth of perspectives and ideas.

We encourage all panel convenors to spread the word in their own networks, for their own panel and beyond.

Below, you’ll see the list of accepted panels and workshops and the associated main contact person, along with some important updates on key dates, (reduced) prices and conference site, and more.

For a full description of each panel, please see PDF in link: DASTS24 Panels

1. Long-term waste, Slow disasters

Contact: Sebastian Lundsteen (sebastian.lundsteen@uis.no)

2. Salvage analytics: Waste, excess, and surplus in/as analysis

Contact: Frederik Vejlin (f.vejlin@cc.au.dk)

3. Waste, or the afterlives of repair? Temporality, materiality, politics

Contact: Proshant Chakraborty (proshant.chakraborty@gu.se)

4. Taking stock: Design and STS sensibilities

Contact: Tau Lenskjold (tau@sdu.dk)

5. Attuning to creatively excessive machines: Is another science still possible?

Contact: Caroline Anna Salling (casal@dtu.dk)

6. Data (after)lives in the digitalized welfare state: Exploring Gaps, Frictions and Surplus

Contact: Irina Papazau (irpa@itu.dk)

7. Computational Empowerment in Primary Education: Integrating STS Methods and Concepts

Contact: Bjarke Lindsø Andersen (bjan@pha.dk)

8. Coping with waste and excess in energy transitions – how can STS help homeless concerns and values of certain stakeholders to find a home?

Contact: Julia Kirch Kirkegaard (jukk@dtu.dk)

9. Workshop: Getting wasted with generative AI

Contact: Anders Kristian Munk (ankm@dtu.dk)

10. Workshop: Waste Legalities of Affluence and Effluence

Contact: Michael Hennessy Picard (m.picard@ed.ac.uk)

11. Workshop: Mapping and valuing excess in the food system

Contact: Stine Rosenlund Hansen (stroha@ruc.dk)

Upcoming deadline: Paper abstracts (for closed and open panels) due on 15th of March

We invite STS scholars and students (both Master and PhD levels) to submit their abstracts to one of the thematic panels listed above.

We also welcome submission of abstracts that are outside of the conference theme to an open panel.

If submitting an abstract to one of the thematic panels/workshops, please send it directly to the panel’s contact person.

If you submit an abstract to an open panel, please send it directly to this year’s DASTS email: DASTS24-Wind@dtu.dk

Please state the following with your submission:

  • choice of panel(s) or indicate that the conference committee can decide which panel your presentation will fit into (in case the panel is full, and we can decide if papers can be re-allocated to other thematic or open panels);
  • title of paper;
  • full name of author(s);
  • email address(s);
  • affiliation; and
  • abstract

Length of abstract should be no more than 250 words (excl. references which are optional).

The format should be a Word or pdf document.

Following the DASTS tradition, the conference supports contributions from scholars at all academic levels that consider themselves affiliated with STS to share and discuss their work. Looking for inclusiveness and accessibility, papers written in English are encouraged.

Important dates:

Submission of abstracts (theme-related and open): 15th of March 2024

Notification of acceptance to authors: 19th of April 2024

Deadline of registration for panel organizers and presenters: 3rd of May 2024

Deadline of registration for regular attendance: 10th of May

Notification of final program for DASTS panels and overall conference: 17th of May

DASTS 2024 conference: From 10 am on the 6th of June to 16:30 pm on the 7th of June 2024

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Annemarie Mol, professor at University of Amsterdam (Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body). Apart from her acknowledged contributions to STS on ontological politics, and much more, she has just started a project on clean and cleaning, studying wastewater.
  • Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Associate Professor and ERC Starting Grant winner; Copenhagen University (Department of Arts and Cultural Studies), doing research e.g. on big data, toxic traces and the politics of recycling’.
  • Cara New Daggett, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech. She is author of the book ‘The Birth of Energy – Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics, and the Politics of Work’ (Duke University Press, https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-birth-of-energy). With her interest in the politics of energy in an era of planetary disruption, she is inspired by feminism and environmental politics, studying the political ontology (and epistemology) of ‘energy’ and the associated morals of ‘waste’ and its relation to a techno-economic ethos of growth, energy efficiency and optimization.

(Reduced) price!

Price for students: 800 DKK excluding dinner (1300 including dinner on the 6th)

Price for researchers: 1000 DKK excluding dinner (1500 including dinner on the 6th)

New update on conference venues:

Due to logistical issues, the conference will now be held at one location only: DTU Lyngby Campus.

DASTS 2024 is organized by

  • Julia Kirch Kirkegaard (DTU Wind & Energy Systems; Section Society, Market & Policy)
  • Brit Ross Winthereik (DTU MAN, Technology, Management and Economics, Human-Centered Innovation)
  • Emil Nissen (DTU Wind & Energy Systems; Section Society, Market & Policy)
  • Søren Riis (Roskilde University, RUC)
  • Sophie Nyborg (DTU Wind & Energy Systems; Section Society, Market & Policy)
  • Tom Cronin (DTU Wind & Energy Systems; Section Society, Market & Policy)
  • Benjamin Lipp (DTU MAN, Technology, Management and Economics, Human-Centered Innovation)
  • Amanda Obitz Mogensen (DTU MAN, Technology, Management and Economics, Human-Centered Innovation)


June 6 @ 10:00
June 7 @ 16:30