CfP: Culture, Transport, Global Warming

Posted on Dec 3, 2017
CfP: Culture, Transport, Global Warming

Culture, Transport, Global Warming Editor: Dr. Tatiana Prorokova One of humanity’s most serious problems, climate change is clearly a ‘human-made’ catastrophe. Various factors have contributed to global warming now turning into reality. One of the most significant, along with power generation and industry, is of course CO2 omissions from transport using fossil fuels. While both […]

COP 23: Never-ending Negotiations

Posted on Nov 26, 2017
COP 23: Never-ending Negotiations

We negotiate with family members, partners, neighbors, pets. We negotiate space, time, duties, things. And it never stops; household chore agreements between siblings, the agreement of marriage, or treat-giving treaties with the dog of the house mark not final ends to disputes but simply represent frameworks for future disagreements. Similarly, the Paris Agreement is not […]

UN Table Tennis: Bureaucratic and Diplomatic Serves [Podcast]

Posted on Sep 13, 2017
UN Table Tennis: Bureaucratic and Diplomatic Serves [Podcast]

This podcast is a reflection on the idea of service from the standpoint of table tennis, the main lunchtime activity of interns at the Mitigation, Data & Analysis programme in the summer of 2017. — Magnús Örn Sigurðsson is a CENHS pre-doctoral fellow and Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. He […]

A Long Overdue Anthology of the Energy Humanities

Posted and on Apr 19, 2017
A Long Overdue Anthology of the Energy Humanities

Despite – or perhaps because of its ubiquity in human life, as such, the question of energy has been suspiciously absent from most of our critiques of modernity, political power, and aesthetics. The aim of Szeman and Boyer’s (2017) Energy Humanities: an Anthology––and perhaps the energy humanities in general–– is to reveal the invisibilities of energy and […]

Energy Humanities Collection at Fondren Library

Posted on Apr 12, 2017
Energy Humanities Collection at Fondren Library

In an exciting new initiative, CENHS is partnering with Rice’s Fondren Library to establish an Energy Humanities Collection that may be among the first of its kind. Thanks to the library graciously awarding special funding for the project, the effort is now in its beginning stages. The CENHS Predoctoral Fellows, who are currently from the […]

A Satirical Exit from the Madhouse

Posted on Nov 8, 2016
A Satirical Exit from the Madhouse

“Changing public opinion and galvanizing political and market action is an art rather than a science” wrote two sustainability scholars in a paper on climate action in 2009. Esteemed climate scientist Michael E. Mann and Pulitzer Prize winner editorial cartoonist Tom Toles make an attempt to create such a public-opinion-changing art in their recent book The Madhouse Effect: […]

Landsat and Natural Resources of the Third World

Posted on Oct 24, 2016
Landsat and Natural Resources of the Third World

On October 31, 2016, at noon, in the Humanities Building, Room 117. The HRC Mellon Graduate Research Seminar, “Environment, Culture, Limits: Thinking Through the Long Anthropocene in the United States” presents the lecture Prospecting the Final Frontier – Landsat and Natural Resources of the Third World, by historian Megan Black, post-doctoral fellow in the Charles Warren Center […]

Postdoc Opening: Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities and Storage of Waste

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
Postdoc Opening: Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities and Storage of Waste

Manchester University are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral research associate (grade 6), for 5 years with possibilities of an open-ended academic appointment. To conduct ethnographic research on the decommissioning of nuclear facilities and storage of nuclear waste in the UK. Project directed by Professor Penny Harvey (Social Anthropology) and Dr Damian O’Doherty (Alliance Manchester Business […]

Before I Met Them and Talked About Climate Change

Posted on Sep 28, 2016
Before I Met Them and Talked About Climate Change

As a PhD student in socio-cultural anthropology, seeking to construct a research around climate change mitigation, I used a good part of my time in my home country Iceland this summer, talking to people who have a particular understanding of the topic. But then there was the time when I was not talking to people […]

The Anthropocene as a Question of Responsibility

Posted on Jul 19, 2016
The Anthropocene as a Question of Responsibility

This piece by the CENHS predoctoral fellow and sociocultural anthropology PhD student, Magnús Örn Sigurðsson, is a short version of his essay that was one of the 2016 winners of the Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Using the idea of a new geological period, the Anthropocene, is a common way of demarcating the discussion within […]