New Product Lets Men Generate ‘Dirty’ Renewable Energy Via Masturbation

Posted on Mar 5, 2015
New Product Lets Men Generate ‘Dirty’ Renewable Energy Via Masturbation

Ecology has always been intimate.  Toxins such as persistent organic pollutants pervade our fat cells.  Our foodways affect the climate.  Endocrine-disrupting, gender-bending synthetic chemicals in plastics and other substances lead to lower sperm counts. Most sex toys are made from petrochemicals.  The decision to procreate, or how many children to have, is the single most impactful environmental decision people […]

2115: The Collective Imagination of Rice University Students

Posted on Feb 23, 2015
2115: The Collective Imagination of Rice University Students

A guest post by Rice undergraduate Camila Kennedy, a sophomore majoring in Sociology. It’s the year 2115, and the skyline of every major city looks like that of Manhattan. People have abandoned the countryside and moved towards modernized cities. Suburban sprawl eats up most of America’s empty spaces, and cities begin building upward—denser and denser until skyscrapers […]

The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

Posted on Dec 8, 2014
The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

A nice article with a ridiculous title appeared in Saturday’s New York Times on the efforts of Lauri Zoloth, president of the American Academy of Religion, to create a “sabbatical year” from the AAR’s annual conference as a way of decreasing its carbon emissions: “We could choose to not meet at a huge annual meeting in which we take […]

CFP: Energies and the Arts Conference

Posted on Oct 20, 2014
CFP: Energies and the Arts Conference

Conference on ‘Energies and the Arts’ next Fall in Australia: Energies and the Arts Conference Presented by National Institute for Experimental Arts in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia 13-15 August 2015 Energy often serves as a word-when-lost-for-words to describe situations of great intensity, or to describe something that fuses disparate elements or is […]

Announcing CENHS’s Energy Humanities Syllabus Archive

Posted on Sep 11, 2014
Announcing CENHS’s Energy Humanities Syllabus Archive

Pedagogy was a frequent topic during the Third Annual Cultures of Energy Symposium. How to convey to undergraduates the various dimensions of climate change, the complexities of energy transitions, the politics of technology and the affective, social and political aspects of the Anthropocene?  How to simultaneously negotiate the Scylla and Charybdis of paralyzing despair and […]

‘World of Matter’ at CUNY’s James Gallery

Posted on Aug 29, 2014
‘World of Matter’ at CUNY’s James Gallery

Upcoming exhibition and conference at CUNY’s James Gallery: World of Matter Tue, Sep 9, 6-8pm Exhibition Reception & Book Launch with the artists The world we inhabit is expanding. Global population growth, increased mobility, accelerated contacts, rising levels of production and consumption, and the expansion of natural resource extraction have had a significant impact in […]

CENHS Undergrad Posters on Display at Rice’s Fondren Library

Posted on Aug 25, 2014
CENHS Undergrad Posters on Display at Rice’s Fondren Library

As the major project in the Spring 2014 CENHS class “Culture, Energy and the Environment: An Introduction to Energy Humanities,” Rice University undergraduates collaboratively researched, wrote, and designed posters (with supplementary digital components) on topics of their choosing related to the energy and environmental humanities.  The posters were first displayed (and judged) at the Third […]

Benjamin Sovacool on Disciplinary Perspectives in Energy Studies

Posted on Aug 3, 2014
Benjamin Sovacool on Disciplinary Perspectives in Energy Studies

In an article in the science journal Nature, “Diversity: Energy studies need social science,” Benjamin Sovacool examines the bias towards hard sciences in energy studies, and makes a compelling case for the broadening of the field to include the social sciences and humanities.  His quantitative analysis finds “four worrisome trends: an undervaluation of the influence […]

Deeper Water: A Report from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

Posted on Jul 23, 2014
Deeper Water: A Report from Houston’s Offshore Technology Conference

The Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), an annual meeting for scientists, technologists, salespeople, job-seekers and corporate honchos in the offshore oil and natural gas extraction industry, is the largest annual conference in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States. This year it attracted nearly 110,000 participants from 43 countries and was housed at the appropriately-named […]

Cultures of Energy Undergraduate Poster Competition Winners Announced

Posted on May 10, 2014

As the major project of the Spring undergraduate CENHS course, “Culture, Energy and the Environment: An Introduction to the Energy Humanities,” Rice students were asked to collaboratively design posters relating to some aspect of the energy humanities.  Befitting the energy and environmental challenges of the twenty-first century and the new level of communication and public […]