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 […]

123 – Elizabeth F.S. Roberts

Posted on Apr 26, 2018
123 – Elizabeth F.S. Roberts

Cymene and Dominic talk true crime and Pruitt crime on this week’s podcast before (13:59) welcoming the fabulous Liz Roberts from the University of Michigan to the conversation. Our offspeed start features the legend of Mick Taussig’s formica table before Liz tells us how she became interested in building bridges between anthropology and epigenetic science […]

122 – Making Alternate Worlds (feat. Ganzeer & Jeff VanderMeer)

Posted on Apr 19, 2018
122 – Making Alternate Worlds (feat. Ganzeer & Jeff VanderMeer)

After Cymene and Dominic take a moment to call out for profit academic publishing and cheerleading, this week’s podcast brings you (16:00) the keynote panel from CENHS’s Cultures of Energy 7 symposium, which explored the art, craft and significance of making alternate worlds. The conversation features famed Egyptian artist Ganzeer (The Solar Grid) celebrated novelist […]

121 – Heather Paxson

Posted on Apr 12, 2018
121 – Heather Paxson

Dominic and Cymene plug Cultures of Energy 7—this year’s energy humanities symposium at Rice which begins today, details at culturesofenergy.org—and then they turn to cheese, why it’s funny, how it can be applied to cats, “cheddaring,” and much more. Is there an anthropologist who knows more about cheese than anyone? Yes of course there is, […]

120 – Brian Larkin

Posted on Apr 5, 2018
120 – Brian Larkin

Dominic and Cymene discuss the Houston city government’s recent decision to elevate new homes in the floodplains and they take a few moments to plan their dream dinner parties. We then (18:12) teleport you to the office of amazing Columbia anthropologist and infrastructure guru, Brian Larkin. Brian explains to us how his interest in practices […]

119 – Petroculture Doubleheader (feat. Carola Hein, Rebecca Babcock & Jason Lagapa)

Posted on Mar 29, 2018
119 – Petroculture Doubleheader (feat. Carola Hein, Rebecca Babcock & Jason Lagapa)

This week on the Cultures of Energy podcast we offer up a special double episode of petrocultural analysis. Cymene and Dominic set the stage with a new offshore pub concept, The Oily Hound, and then in the first segment (9:26) Dominic chats with Carola Hein from TU-Delft about her work at the intersection of oil, […]

118 – Candis Callison

Posted on Mar 22, 2018
118 – Candis Callison

Dominic and Cymene talk Tom Waits, velour jumpsuits and the long afterlife of Hurricane Harvey. And then (13:33) we are most fortunate to welcome to the podcast Candis Callison (U British Columbia) a scholar doing amazing work on indigeneity, climate change and journalism. We start by discussing the wonderful podcast, Media Indigena, which Candis co-hosts […]

117 – Orit Halpern

Posted on Mar 15, 2018
117 – Orit Halpern

Cymene and Dominic share wild tales on this week’s Spring Break edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast and make the case for #feralgarden4thward as the weedy edge of Houston urbanism. Then (11:30) we welcome the fantastic Orit Halpern to the podcast to discuss her research at the intersection of data, smartness, resilience and cities. […]

116 – Dana Powell

Posted on Mar 8, 2018
116 – Dana Powell

Happy International Women’s Day from the Cultures of Energy podcast! Cymene and Dominic struggle to remember an Indigo Girls song and reminisce about desert Stonehenge and vegan punk. Then (12:18) we welcome to the podcast anthropologist Dana Powell who has just published a remarkable new book, Landscapes of Power (Duke U Press, 2018), on the […]