Daniel Sosna

Daniel Sosna

Dan SosnaDaniel Sosna, Ph.D.

Department of Ecological Anthropology

tel.: +420 222 828 609

e-mail: sosna[at]


2007   PhD., Department of Anthropology, Florida State University, USA
Disertation: Social Differentiation in the Late Copper Age and the Early Bronze Age in South Moravia (Czech Republic)   

2000   Mgr., Department of Anthropology, Masaryk University, Czech Republic
M.A. Thesis: The Beginning of Textile Industry

Research Interests

death; economic anthropology; garbology; materiality; relations; waste               

Recent Publications

in press   Mortuary Archaeology Networks. The Oxford Handbook of Archaeological Network Research. M. Peeples, J. Munson, B. Mills, T. Brughmans (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2022   Raven Polluters. Anthropology News 63(3): 21-23.

2022   Thrift and its Paradoxes: From Domestic to Political Economy. New York: Berghahn (C. Alexander & D. Sosna eds.)

2021   Magnetism of Strangeness: Silenced Histories of Landscapes. History and Anthropology.

2019   Rescuing Things: Food Waste in the Rural Environment in the Czech Republic. Journal of Cleaner Production 214: 319-330 (with L. Brunclíkoá a P. Galeta)

2019   Drinking and dreaming in the dormitories: Workers struggle in times of economic development. Journal of Material Culture 24(2): 232-50 (with L. Brunclíková)

2018   Shape matters: assessing regional variation of Bell Beaker projectile points in Central Europe using geometric morphometrics. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 10(4): 893-904 (with J. Petřík, L. Prokeš, D. Štefanisko & P. Galeta)

2017   Introduction. In Archaeologies of waste: encounters with the unwanted, edited by D. Sosna and L. Brunclíková, pp. 162-178. Oxford: Oxbow Books (with L. Brunclíková)

2017   Heterotopias behind the Fence: Landfills as Relational Emplacements. In Archaeologies of waste: encounters with the unwanted, D. Sosna and L. Brunclíková, pp. 1-13. Oxford: Oxbow Books


Recent Presentations

2022  Landfill as Multimodal Heritage. Conference panel '(Un-)wanted Alternatives? Negotiating Heritage in Postindustrial Environments II, EASA 2022, Belfast, 29 July, 2022.

2022  Forms of informality: Searching for meaningful life at Czech landfills. Workshop 'Regulating Work: Exploring the dynamics of labour beyond the formal/informal divide' Liège, 9-10 June, 2022.

2021  Introduction: Containers and Waste. Containers and Waste: Ordering the Unruly, Praha, 25 October, 2021 (with David Henig, online)

2021  Magnetic Power of Strangeness: Coal mines, War Victims, and Waste Dumps. Zona: Post-industrial landscapes and possible futures. DGSKA 2021, Bremen, 27 September - 1 October (online).

2021  Searching for ‘Hard Data’: Crooked Ways of Waste Quantification. Waste governance (I): Waste Regimes. Re-opening the Bin 2021, Gothenburg, 10-12 June, 2021 (with P. Mašek and B. Stehlíková, online). 

2021  ‘Of Ravens and Men’: Multispecies Encounters with Plastics in a Czech Wastescape. Intractable plastic: responsibilities in ‘plasticized’ worlds I. ASA, St Andrews, 29 March - 2 April, 2021 (online).

2020   "Just Spray the Dusty Surface!": Cycling of Water and Objects at the Landfills and Beyond. The Circular Economy: Between Promises of Renewal and Unequal Global Circulation, EASA, Lisboa, July 21-24, 2020 (online).

2019   Making the Ethical Person: Informal Practices amongst Czech Landfill Workers. Paper presented at the workshop The Moral Dimensions of Economic Life in Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. St. Antony’s College, Oxford, March 20-21, 2019.

2018   “We are Waste“: Facing Precarity among the Waste Workers in the Czech Republic. Joint Biennial Conference of the Slovak Association of Social Anthropology (SASA) and the Czech Association for Social Anthropology (CASA): Vulnerability and Resilience: Adaptive Strategies and Global Change, Bratislava, November 9-10, 2018.

2018   Managing flows of value: Thriftiness and wastefulness in a Czech landfill. Paper presented at the workshop Thrift in Anthropology: Between Thriftiness and Wasting, Pilsen, October 18-19, 2018.

2018   From landfilling to incineration: Informality and belonging near the end of the value chain. Paper presented at the conference Visegrád Belongings: Freedoms, Responsibilities and Everyday Dilemmas, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, June 7-8, 2018.



2020 - 2022    Waste Regime at a Crossroad: Divergent Trajectories of Things, Cars, and Electronics (Czech Science Foundation, GA20-06759S)

2018              The Wenner-Gren Foundation (with Chris Hann): Thrift in Anthropology: Between Thriftiness and Wasting (Gr Conf 783)

2014 – 2016   Social Dimension of Household Waste: Consumption in the Post-Socialist Space (Czech Science Foundation, GA14-03314S)

2010              The Wenner-Gren Foundation (with Stephen Lyon): European Workshop of the Society for Anthropological Sciences (Gr Conf 539)

2008              POSTDOC-08, University of West Bohemia

2004              Out-of-State Tuition Fee Exemption Award – Florida Eastern Europe Linkage Institute

2004              Eisele Predissertation Research Award – Florida State University: Social Differentiation during the Transition from the Late Copper Age
                     to the Early Bronze Age in Central Europe

2003              Out-of-State Tuition Fee Exemption Award – Florida Eastern Europe Linkage Institute

2002              Fulbright scholarship for doctoral students

2000              Internship at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania

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