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Waste as an Anthropological Issue

17 May 2023, 16.00 - 17.30

Activity: Centcoop, ResiduaLab, Navi and CEDLA Event

May 17 marks World Recycling Day, officially declared by UNESCO, with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of recycling as a tool for proper waste management and to mitigate climate change. For this reason, we decided to meet that day and present a series of research results that have been produced in the dialogue and experience of anthropologists in Brazil and the Netherlands, and also present the trajectory of the social movement of collectors in Brazil, through the speech of Aline Souza, President Director of Centcoopdf, the biggest reference in South America for the Work Cooperatives of Collectors of Recyclable Materials.


Cristhian Caje and Barbara Arisi (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

Circular economy: garbage/solid waste anthropologies and innovative experiences between Latin America and the Netherlands.

The social movements of waste pickers in Brazil.

"Anthropology of waste: theoretical, ethnographical and political perspectives from the south".

Carmen Rial (UFSC, Brazil) Cornelia Eckert (UFRGS, Brazil) Report of an experience in the Netherlands, an ethnographic look at the circular economy.


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