Harvey, Horror, and Hope: Prospects for Gulf Coast Climate Change Mitigation

Posted on Sep 16, 2017
Harvey, Horror, and Hope: Prospects for Gulf Coast Climate Change Mitigation

In a public lecture sponsored by the Houston Audubon Society on Thursday night, Jim Blackburn discussed the unique challenges of advocating for progressive environmental policy in the Lone Star State. “Convincing Texas to implement climate change preparation and mitigation efforts is just about the hardest nut to crack in the world… And I’ve been banging […]

The Art of Infrastructure at the RAI Conference on Art, Materiality and Representation in London

Posted on Sep 14, 2017
The Art of Infrastructure at the RAI Conference on Art, Materiality and Representation in London

The current ‘infrastructural turn’ in anthropology has cast fresh light on materiality, mediation, and mobility. Ethnographic attention to the social and cultural relationality of infrastructures – from information systems, to roads, to energy networks, (cf Star 1999) has expanded the definition of infrastructure away from the narrow confines of technical or functional concerns, to consider […]

Nerd Nite 95: Party in the Anthropocene – Austin TX

Posted on Sep 7, 2017
Nerd Nite 95: Party in the Anthropocene – Austin TX

Wednesday, September 13th, doors at 7:30 pm, talks at 8:00 pm The North Door 502 Brushy St. Austin, TX 78702 [ASL interpreters will be present] ++++++++++++ Come celebrate the Anthropocene with us! 99% of scientists agree its going to be a great Nerd Nite. The talks: ++++++++++++ “Secrets of the Feral City,” by Christopher Brown […]

“Toxic Agents: Poetry, Pollution, and Environmental Racism” (Tues, Sep 5th)

Posted on Sep 1, 2017
“Toxic Agents: Poetry, Pollution, and Environmental Racism” (Tues, Sep 5th)

HOUSTON LECTURE SERIES: THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF DISEASE AND HEALING Inaugural Lecture: “Toxic Agents: Poetry, Pollution, and Environmental Racism” by CENHS Fellow Clint Wilson III At the Health Museum of Houston (1515 Hermann Dr, Houston, TX 77004) Tuesday, September 5th, from 5:30–7:00pm Friends, families, medical students, and medical professionals in Houston: check out this continuing […]

Job Posting: U. of Oklahoma Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies

Posted on Aug 30, 2017
Job Posting: U. of Oklahoma Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies

The University of Oklahoma’s Department of International and Area Studies, a multidisciplinary academic department in the expanding College of International Studies, invites applications for a new Assistant Professor position focused on the global environment beginning August 2018. We are particularly interested in candidates working on the historical, social, political, economic or geographic dimensions of environmental […]

Theorizing an Alliance Between Western Science and Indigenous Knowledges

Posted on Aug 16, 2017
Theorizing an Alliance Between Western Science and Indigenous Knowledges

**This piece is a shorter version of Amy Kuritzky’s essay, which was awarded an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing.** For such an inhumane yet ongoing situation, indigenous environmental injustice remains highly overlooked. Oftentimes in the United States, when we talk about Native Americans, we tend to romanticize their culture and lifestyle but in […]

Constructing a Gulf Coast Transmedia Narrative Archive

Posted on Aug 2, 2017
Constructing a Gulf Coast Transmedia Narrative Archive

**This piece is a shorter version of Marley Foster’s essay, which was among the 2017 winners of the Greene Prize for Environmental Writing.** Americans love spectacle, love a show, love explosions and car chases and tear-jerking heart-wrenching moments all splayed out on screen or page. These things are all immediate, happening right now, needing our attention […]

The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Posted on Jul 5, 2017
The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Volvo announced this weekend that all new vehicle models produced by the Swedish company would be either electric or hybrid beginning in 2019, as part of a process that will phase out the internal combustion engine. On the decision, the CEO of Volvo declared, “This announcement marks the end of the solely combustion engine-powered car,” […]

Call for Papers: Problems of method in the social study of energy and climate change

Posted on May 31, 2017
Call for Papers: Problems of method in the social study of energy and climate change

Energy and climate change are intimately related, as the main causes of climate change have to do with the production, politics, organisation and technology of energy. Social processes, rooted in prevailing models of capitalism and development, and the associated patterns of energy production and use, are altering world ecology and society. Researching questions of energy […]

Michael Marder and the Crisis of Energy

Posted on Mar 13, 2017
Michael Marder and the Crisis of Energy

Michael Marder’s latest project Energy Dreams: Of Actuality (Columbia, 2017), calls on us to ask a question that has—inexplicably—been missing from public and intellectual discourse: the question of energy. Making this initial claim of Marder’s so surprising is the fact that energy has been something of a buzzword of late, with global warming, peak oil […]