Join Cindy for the fourth installment of “Economies of Discard” as she chats with Dr. Waqas Butt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Waqas’ research interests include caste, work and labor, waste, infrastructures, development, and value. Cindy and Waqas discuss his work in Lahore and the Punjab where he explores themes related to property and resources in waste infrastructures. Waqas is the author of “Waste intimacies: Caste and the unevenness of life in urban Pakistan” which appeared recently in American Ethnologist. He is currently working on a book project that explores the ways in which waste workers, who predominantly represent low or non-caste groups, have become essential components of urban life and waste infrastructures.
SEA’s podcast, Mergers and Acquisitions demonstrates how anthropological and other perspectives can enhance and complicate understandings of economic life and contemporary events. Mergers and Acquisitions hosts interviews with leading economic anthropologists, provides reflection pieces on economic transformations and problems, and serves as a vehicle for new and established scholars to connect with each other. Recognizing that the best ideas and insights are rarely generated alone, Mergers and Acquisitions offers a collective mind-hive for furthering the study of economic life.