CENHS @ Rice U. researchers’ documentary on melting glacier to premiere Aug. 17 in Iceland

Posted on Aug 1, 2018
CENHS @ Rice U. researchers’ documentary on melting glacier to premiere Aug. 17 in Iceland

HOUSTON – (July 30, 2018) – A new documentary film produced by Rice University anthropologists about what was one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland will premiere Aug. 17 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The film’s title, “Not Ok,” refers to the nickname for Okjökull, which in 2014 became the first of Iceland’s glaciers to lose its “glacier” title. Scientists […]

Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Posted on Apr 2, 2018
Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Puig de la Bellacasa, María. Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017. 280 pp. María Puig de la Bellacasa’s Matters of Care sets out to explore what a more-than-human ethics could—and needs to—look like. She draws on critical scholarship on “technoscientific knowledge production” as well as […]

Book Review: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, eds. Tsing, Swanson, Gan, and Bubandt

Posted on Jan 17, 2018
Book Review: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, eds. Tsing, Swanson, Gan, and Bubandt

Tsing, Anna, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, eds. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017. What kind of thinking may help us live amid ecological destruction? The Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet collection edited by Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine […]

Guest Blog Post: The Politics of Temporality in West Virginia Coal Country

Posted on Oct 25, 2017
Guest Blog Post: The Politics of Temporality in West Virginia Coal Country

Editor’s note: Guest blogger John Blatzheim writes about strip mining, vegetative restoration, and temporality in Appalachia. “They might as well be spray painting the mountain green.” –Junior Walker, Coal River Mountain Watch On my first day with Coal River Mountain Watch, an anti-strip mining group in Naoma, West Virginia in the heart of central Appalachia, […]

Some Chemical and More-Than-Human Transformations of Sugar/Energy

Posted on Sep 26, 2017
Some Chemical and More-Than-Human Transformations of Sugar/Energy

Oblivious, or maybe not, to a warming planet and intense global discourse around renewable bioeconomy futures, a tiny sugar molecule one day is synthesized and then makes its way into a cell wall of a sugarcane plant in the southern region of Brazil. This is not the type of sugar that would be found on […]