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AT HOME IN AN UNHOMELY WORLD: ON LIVING WITH WASTE

  • Lisa Doeland - Radboud Reflects, Radboud Universiteit Faculteit der Filosofie Theologie en Religiewetenschappen, Netherlands

DOI 10.31025/2611-4135/2019.13820

Released under CC BY-NC-ND

Copyright: © 2019 CISA Publisher

Editorial History

  • Received: 14 Jan 2019
  • Revised: 10 Jun 2019
  • Accepted: 17 Jun 2019
  • Available online: 28 Jun 2019

Abstract

Modern-day waste, such as the microplastics in the water, particulate matter in the air and chemical waste in the soil, distorts notions of inner and outer, of familiarity and strangeness, of own and other, and turns our world into an unhomely (uncanny) place. This paper explores what it means to live-with waste instead of trying to make it go away. When we explore the ontology of waste, we find that waste is never unambiguously (in the) present and invites us to take “being” as haunted and explore a “hauntology” (Jaques Derrida) of waste. This hauntology refers to being as ecological being or “being ecological” (Timothy Morton) and invites us to inquire after the “eco” in ecology: the Greeks oikos (home). When, as this paper suggests, we take cohabitation as a starting point, it becomes unclear who is the host and who has come to visit. Whose home takes central stage? And whose world? This paper argues we need to let go of an overarching concept of “world” and instead become familiar with (our) “habitat” and in so doing open it up to the non-humans we share our “home” with. Sticking with the metaphor of (un)home(liness) this paper argues that our house is a haunted house and explores ways in which we can become hospitable with these (unwelcome) guests.

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