Big news: the founding of CENHS

Posted on May 7, 2013
Big news: the founding of CENHS

A new center at Rice University will merge the fields of the human sciences with energy and environmental research. Conveniently located in the country’s energy capital, Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) will be the world’s first research center that focuses on understanding the relationship among humans, energy and […]

Review: The Diesel

Posted on Jul 3, 2012
Review: The Diesel

“I’ve been here since I was born,” the narrator tells us in the opening lines of Thani Al-Suwaidi’s The Diesel, and yet the slim novella is nothing if not a tale of journey. Written in the United Arab Emirates in the early 1990s (but judged too shocking to print there), The Diesel was first published […]

Teaching the Energy Humanities

Posted on Jun 18, 2012

During the 2011-12 academic year, a group of twenty-one undergraduate fellows at Rice’s Humanities Research Center worked with anthropology graduate student Marcel LaFlamme to develop a preliminary framework for a new course on the energy humanities, to be taught at Rice in spring 2013. The resulting document [PDF] draws on conversations with the distinguished lecturers […]

Günel Appointed Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted on Jan 28, 2012

Rice has named Gökçe Günel, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University, the Cultures of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year. Günel grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, and moved to the United States in 2007 to pursue her graduate studies. Her dissertation project focuses on the development of the […]

Critical Climate Change

Posted on Jan 15, 2012
Critical Climate Change

Open Humanities Press, in partnership with the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan Library, is launching a new book series in literary and cultural theory. Here’s the blurb: The era of climate change involves the mutation of systems beyond 20th century anthropomorphic models and has stood, until recently, outside representation or address. Understood […]

No Ordinary Quest

Posted on Oct 27, 2011
No Ordinary Quest

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Daniel Yergin, whom the New York Times calls “America’s most influential energy pundit,” will be speaking at the University of Houston on Monday, October 31, at 5:30pm. Yergin will discuss his new book The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, which was published by Penguin earlier this year. […]

A Shared Reality?

Posted on Aug 10, 2011
A Shared Reality?

An unusually heated set of remarks about climate change by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore have been making their way around the Internet. Speaking at an Aspen Institute forum on media and society last week, Mr. Gore charged that corporate interests “pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate […]

Fueling Creativity

Posted on Jul 1, 2011
Fueling Creativity

The latest issue of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, features a group of articles examining how scholars might read literary texts with an eye on energy. “Instead of divvying up literary works into hundred-year intervals or categories harnessing the history of ideas,” editor and University of Michigan professor Patricia Yaeger asks, “what happens […]