“When Was Waste?” Symposium (Dec 7, 2018)

Posted on Nov 27, 2018
“When Was Waste?” Symposium (Dec 7, 2018)

“WHEN WAS WASTE?” A SYMPOSIUM (FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7) On Friday, December 7th, this year’s Rice Seminar—”Waste: Histories and Futures”—will hold its first of three symposia, “When Was Waste?” Sponsored by Rice University’s Humanities Research Center and CENHS, and in collaboration with the Moody Center for the Arts, the symposium will feature a diverse range of speakers, concluding […]

Houston A Year After Harvey

Posted on Aug 8, 2018
Houston A Year After Harvey

Jim Blackburn—special guest for our podcast episode, “Harvey’s Aftermath“—will be the featured speaker at “Houston A Year After Harvey,” hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on August 30th. The event will also include panelists Tom McCasland, the director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Houston; Mary Anne Piacentini, the executive director […]

Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Posted on May 23, 2018
Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Read below for information about two new curatorial positions available at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) in Washington, D.C.! The position is Curator of the History of Technology with a focus on energy production or engineering, broadly conceived.  The museum has terrific collections in each of these areas and are particularly strong in […]

Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

Posted on Mar 27, 2018
Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

My grandfather evacuated his childhood home from an attic window during the devastating 1937 Ohio River Flood. A boat that was passing through his neighborhood spotted his family as they frantically waved from the small upstairs window. Imagine turning around in the hard seat of the pontoon to see your house completely underwater, everything you […]

New Installation at Rice’s JuiceBOX: ‘The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute’

Posted on Mar 18, 2018
New Installation at Rice’s JuiceBOX: ‘The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute’

The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute March 23rd – April 23rd, 2018 With Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall, Erik Hagen Opening reception Friday, March 23rd from 6pm-10pm, featuring a performance by Daniela Antelo at 7pm. We are contained in what appears to be something disastrous. We’ve tried to […]

Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

Posted on Feb 21, 2018
Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

The following is an excerpt from a work in progress, which attempts to think through how one might conjugate questions of environment alongside literary representations of health and hygiene—a “hygienic poetics,” if you will. Following recent work by Peter Sloterdijk and Alexis Shotwell, this project seeks to pull apart and examine the logics that influence […]

On the Cheap: ‘A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things’ (2017)

Posted on Nov 15, 2017
On the Cheap: ‘A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things’ (2017)

Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore. A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017. 311 pages. ISBN 9780520293137 (hardback). US $24.95. “Keeping things cheap is expensive,” write Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore in A History of […]

“Confronting Climate Change” in Houston: Event Tomorrow Night!

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
“Confronting Climate Change” in Houston: Event Tomorrow Night!

“Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S. and Japan Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies?” In collaboration with The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Council TOMORROW NIGHT: An event on “Confronting Climate Change,” as part of the Abe Fellows Global Forum. Learn more below or visit the Official Event Page!! […]

NEW RELEASE: “Anthropocene Reading” (Penn State Press, 2017)

Posted on Oct 14, 2017
NEW RELEASE: “Anthropocene Reading” (Penn State Press, 2017)

Former CENHS Predoctoral Fellow Derek Woods is a featured contributor in an exciting new collection from Penn State University Press, Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, edited by Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor.   Below is the release from the press, as well as additional information about this new resource.   Few terms have garnered more […]

“Could Be Loved”: New Installation at Rice University’s JuiceBOX Units

Posted on Oct 11, 2017
“Could Be Loved”: New Installation at Rice University’s JuiceBOX Units

The JuiceBOX Units, which played host to the 2016 Biennial Fotofest events at Rice University, have now been converted into art installation spaces for use by students as well as local artists and activists. These unique, solar-powered spaces were designed to house innovative artwork such as Marina Zurkow’s “Dear Climate” project or Judy Natal‘s Another Storm […]