135 – Christina Cogdell

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018
135 – Christina Cogdell

Cymene and Dominic talk surprising energy trends and how to make news more fun with games. Then (15:05) we talk with the marvelous Christina Cogdell from UC-Davis about her fascinating soon-to-be-published book, Toward a Living Architecture? Complexism and Biology in Generative Design (U Minnesota Press, https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/toward-a-living-architecture). We talk about how her background studying eugenics in […]

134 – Leo Coleman

Posted by on Jul 12, 2018
134 – Leo Coleman

Dominic and Cymene react to the new CENHS podcast studio and share a tale of robot sushi misadventure. Then (15:02) we welcome Leo Coleman (Hunter College) to the program and get right into his new book, A Moral Technology: Electrification as Political Ritual in New Delhi (Cornell U Press, 2017) and its exploration of the […]

133 – María Puig de la Bellacasa

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018
133 – María Puig de la Bellacasa

Dominic and Cymene indulge a little post-Pruitt glee on this week’s podcast and speculate about the possibility of six foot tall low carbon lava lamps in the future. Then (16:46) we are thrilled to be joined by star STS scholar and emergent anthropologist María Puig de la Bellacasa to talk about her celebrated new book, […]

132 – Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Posted by on Jun 28, 2018
132 – Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Cymene and Dominic debate the Pet Rock as a capitalist or proto-new-materialist venture on this week’s episode of the podcast. Then (16:59) we welcome to the podcast multitalented environmental humanist and soon-to-be decanal superstar Jeffrey Jerome Cohen from Arizona State. With Jeffrey we talk about unsustainably hot desert cities as harbingers of the future and […]

131 – Waterworld

Posted by on Jun 21, 2018
131 – Waterworld

On this week’s podcast, in honor of the summer solstice we bring to you another edition of Soylent Rainbow, our occasional special feature talking ecopocalyptic films past and present. This time, we decided to revisit the 1995 Kevin Costner vehicle, Waterworld, to see if the critics of yesteryear were too harsh. Was Waterworld really ahead […]

130 – Transhumanism (feat. Andrew Pilsch)

Posted by on Jun 14, 2018
130 – Transhumanism (feat. Andrew Pilsch)

On this week’s Cultures of Energy pod we discuss this week’s disturbing revelations concerning the toxic work environment at the journal HAU (3:04)—if you need/want to catch up on the story please check out @hilaryagro and footnotesblog.com—and discuss the wider implications for Open Access publishing in Anthropology. Then, after a brief detour through feats of […]

129 – Juan Salazar

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018
129 – Juan Salazar

Live from Santa Cruz, CA, Cymene and Dominic cover the politics of homelessness, celebrity academic sightings, and the legacy of R.E.M. Then (13:01) anthropologist and filmmaker Juan Salazar joins us from the future (or at least Friday). We talk with him about his several currents projects related to climate change and Antarctica, including a comparative […]

128 – Bethany Wiggin

Posted by on May 31, 2018
128 – Bethany Wiggin

Cymene and Dominic talk about climate despair and climate violence on this week’s edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast, and on a lighter note, a perfect 48 hours in Santa Cruz, CA, ca. 1986. Then (14:56) we are delighted to welcome superhero humanist Bethany Wiggin to the podcast. Bethany directs the marvelous Penn Program […]

127 – Ancient Civilizations & Climate Change (feat. Hervé Reculeau)

Posted by on May 24, 2018
127 – Ancient Civilizations & Climate Change (feat. Hervé Reculeau)

Dominic and Cymene wish Westworld was better on this week’s episode of the Cultures of Energy podcast and then dry their tears with the news that the trailer and website for the “Not Ok” film has launched. Please check it out at https://www.notokmovie.com. We then (12:16) welcome University of Chicago historian Hervé Reculeau to the […]

Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Posted by on May 23, 2018
Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Read below for information about two new curatorial positions available at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) in Washington, D.C.! The position is Curator of the History of Technology with a focus on energy production or engineering, broadly conceived.  The museum has terrific collections in each of these areas and are particularly strong in […]