Author Meets Comrades: Rosalind Fredericks' Garbage Citizenship

Type: Panel
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Blue Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Mohammed Arefin
Chairs: Mohammed Arefin


In this "Author Meets Comrades" session scholars of waste, infrastructure, and urban geography will offer their readings of Rosalind Fredericks' Garbage Citizenship (Duke, 2018) followed by a response from Fredericks and questions from the audience.

Over the last twenty-five years, garbage infrastructure in Dakar, Senegal, has taken center stage in the struggles over government, the value of labor, and the dignity of the working poor. Through strikes and public dumping, Dakar's streets have been periodically inundated with household garbage as the city's trash collectors and ordinary residents protest urban austerity. Often drawing on discourses of Islamic piety, garbage activists have provided a powerful language to critique a neoliberal mode of governing-through-disposability and assert rights to fair labor. In Garbage Citizenship Rosalind Fredericks traces Dakar's volatile trash politics to recalibrate how we understand urban infrastructure by emphasizing its material, social, and affective elements. She shows how labor is a key component of infrastructural systems and how Dakar's residents use infrastructures as a vital tool for forging collective identities and mobilizing political action. Fleshing out the materiality of trash and degraded labor, Fredericks illuminates the myriad ways waste can be a potent tool of urban control and rebellion.


Type Details Minutes
Discussant Jesse Ribot University of Illinois 15
Discussant Sarah Moore University of Wisconsin - Madison 15
Discussant Mary Lawhon Florida State University 15
Discussant AbdouMaliq Simone 15
Discussant Malini Ranganathan American University 15
Panelist Rosalind Fredericks New York University 20

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