133 – María Puig de la Bellacasa

Posted on Jul 5, 2018
133 – María Puig de la Bellacasa

Dominic and Cymene indulge a little post-Pruitt glee on this week’s podcast and speculate about the possibility of six foot tall low carbon lava lamps in the future. Then (16:46) we are thrilled to be joined by star STS scholar and emergent anthropologist María Puig de la Bellacasa to talk about her celebrated new book, […]

132 – Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Posted on Jun 28, 2018
132 – Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Cymene and Dominic debate the Pet Rock as a capitalist or proto-new-materialist venture on this week’s episode of the podcast. Then (16:59) we welcome to the podcast multitalented environmental humanist and soon-to-be decanal superstar Jeffrey Jerome Cohen from Arizona State. With Jeffrey we talk about unsustainably hot desert cities as harbingers of the future and […]

131 – Waterworld

Posted on Jun 21, 2018
131 – Waterworld

On this week’s podcast, in honor of the summer solstice we bring to you another edition of Soylent Rainbow, our occasional special feature talking ecopocalyptic films past and present. This time, we decided to revisit the 1995 Kevin Costner vehicle, Waterworld, to see if the critics of yesteryear were too harsh. Was Waterworld really ahead […]

130 – Transhumanism (feat. Andrew Pilsch)

Posted on Jun 14, 2018
130 – Transhumanism (feat. Andrew Pilsch)

On this week’s Cultures of Energy pod we discuss this week’s disturbing revelations concerning the toxic work environment at the journal HAU (3:04)—if you need/want to catch up on the story please check out @hilaryagro and footnotesblog.com—and discuss the wider implications for Open Access publishing in Anthropology. Then, after a brief detour through feats of […]

129 – Juan Salazar

Posted on Jun 7, 2018
129 – Juan Salazar

Live from Santa Cruz, CA, Cymene and Dominic cover the politics of homelessness, celebrity academic sightings, and the legacy of R.E.M. Then (13:01) anthropologist and filmmaker Juan Salazar joins us from the future (or at least Friday). We talk with him about his several currents projects related to climate change and Antarctica, including a comparative […]

128 – Bethany Wiggin

Posted on May 31, 2018
128 – Bethany Wiggin

Cymene and Dominic talk about climate despair and climate violence on this week’s edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast, and on a lighter note, a perfect 48 hours in Santa Cruz, CA, ca. 1986. Then (14:56) we are delighted to welcome superhero humanist Bethany Wiggin to the podcast. Bethany directs the marvelous Penn Program […]

127 – Ancient Civilizations & Climate Change (feat. Hervé Reculeau)

Posted on May 24, 2018
127 – Ancient Civilizations & Climate Change (feat. Hervé Reculeau)

Dominic and Cymene wish Westworld was better on this week’s episode of the Cultures of Energy podcast and then dry their tears with the news that the trailer and website for the “Not Ok” film has launched. Please check it out at https://www.notokmovie.com. We then (12:16) welcome University of Chicago historian Hervé Reculeau to the […]

126 – Jaume Franquesa

Posted on May 17, 2018
126 – Jaume Franquesa

Cymene and Dominic talk air pollution and bumper stickers on this week’s ozone action edition of the podcast. Then (9:19) we are happily joined by fellow wind power enthusiast Jaume Franquesa (SUNY-Buffalo) to talk about his brand new book, Power Struggles: Dignity, Value, and the Renewable Energy Frontier in Spain (Indiana U Press, 2018), which […]

125 – Displacements Recap (w. Anand Pandian, Andrea Muehlebach & Marcel LaFlamme)

Posted on May 10, 2018
125 – Displacements Recap (w. Anand Pandian, Andrea Muehlebach & Marcel LaFlamme)

This week’s podcast is devoted to discussing a prototype for making academic conferences less carbon intensive and more accessible to our colleagues outside the global North. Case in point is last month’s remarkably successful Displacements conference (https://displacements.jhu.edu) organized by the Society for Cultural Anthropology, breaking all previous SCA records for contributions and participation because of […]

124 – Summerson Carr

Posted on May 3, 2018
124 – Summerson Carr

Dominic and Cymene begin with a deep dive into the marvelous world of goat yoga and wonder what other animals should get into the game. Of course, we only learned about goat yoga because of this week’s guest, the fabulous Summerson Carr from the University of Chicago. We talk to her (17:39) about her most […]