Cultures of Energy 8: Schedule of Events

Posted on Mar 22, 2019
Cultures of Energy 8: Schedule of Events

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for Cultures of Energy 8, taking place Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13, 2019. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in The Founder’s Room, Lovett Hall, Rice University. Thursday, April 11: 3pm – Welcome & Opening Remarks: Dominic Boyer (Director, CENHS), Kathleen Canning (Dean, Humanities) […]

Waste: Now + Next Symposium, 2/1/19, Rice University Moody Center

Posted on Jan 29, 2019
Waste: Now + Next Symposium, 2/1/19, Rice University Moody Center

The 2018-19 Rice Seminar, Waste: Now + Next, presents its second symposium featuring speakers Jennifer Gabrys, Fabrice Monteiro, Michelle Murphy, Rachele Dini, Allison Turner, Jason Moore, and Kali Rubaii. Free and open to the public, Moody Center 205/206, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2018 Year in Review

Posted on Dec 30, 2018
The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2018 Year in Review

Launched in December 2015 by Rice University’s Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, the Cultures of Energy podcast has since featured over 150 episodes with a diverse range of activists, historians, scientists, anthropologists, politicians, and artists as guests. We look forward to expanding our audience even more in 2019 and continuing to think about new ways to use […]

Launching the Twitter Climate Humanities List

Posted on Dec 5, 2018
Launching the Twitter Climate Humanities List

CENHS is pleased to announce the launch of a Twitter list gathering a wide range of humanists who study climate: the Climate Humanities list. This list broadly includes humanities scholars as well as humanistic social scientists, artists, architects, and others who research the cultural dimensions of climate change and climate action. Growing out of discussions […]

New Materialism, Environmental Justice, and Digital Sites of Resistance: Figuring the Cyborg Activist

Posted on Sep 4, 2018
New Materialism, Environmental Justice, and Digital Sites of Resistance: Figuring the Cyborg Activist

Below is a shortened version of Annie Culver’s essay that won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Annie is a PhD student in English at Rice University. Endowed by the family of alumnus David Greene (’93), the Greene Prize was established in 1998 to encourage the creation, dissemination, and recognition of original environmental […]

Assessing Solar and Wind Complementarity in Texas: A 2018 Greene Prize Excerpt

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Below is an excerpt from Rice undergraduate student Joanna Slusarewicz’s winning essay for the 2018 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Endowed by the family of alumnus David Greene (’93), the Greene Prize was established in 1998 to encourage the creation, dissemination, and recognition of original environmental writing by students at Rice. In 2016, the competition was […]

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, […]