164 – Eduardo Kohn

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019
164 – Eduardo Kohn

What’s worse than listening to lovebirds on Valentine’s Day? Surely it is listening to them wondering whether the rideshare model can be applied to socks. So feel free to skip past all that nonsense (15:19) to our special holiday conversation with anthropologist and philosopher Eduardo Kohn. We begin with his influential book, How Forests Think, and […]

Solar Studios Presents: At Sea by Peter Hutton

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019
Solar Studios Presents: At Sea by Peter Hutton

Beginning February 15th, Solar Studios, located near the corner of Alumni Drive and College Way at Rice University, will be exhibiting the silent film At Sea (2007) by Peter Hutton outside the studio’s walls from 6:30pm to midnight daily. Below, predoctoral CENHS fellows Paul Burch and Gebby Keny offer musings on Hutton’s work and its […]

Book Review– Debating Climate Ethics

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019
Book Review– Debating Climate Ethics

Debating Climate Ethics, by Stephen Gardiner and David Weisbach. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. 272 pages. Does ethics contribute to climate policy? This is the core question that the debate between Stephen Gardiner and David Weisbach centers on. Gardiner’s short answer to the question is yes, while Weisbach holds the opposite view. Gardiner’s central claim […]

163 – Beyond Debt (feat. Daromir Rudnyckyj)

Posted by on Feb 7, 2019
163 – Beyond Debt (feat. Daromir Rudnyckyj)

Dominic and Cymene review the Green New Deal and the erotic life of Adam Smith on this week’s episode of the podcast. Then (18:52) Daromir Rudnyckyj joins us to talk about his new book, Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance, (U Chicago Press, 2018), which takes us deep into the rapidly evolving world of Islamic […]

162 – Kim Fortun

Posted by on Jan 31, 2019
162 – Kim Fortun

Cymene and Dominic discuss frostquakes and fyre festivals on this week’s edition of the podcast. Then (15:49) we are joined by a most esteemed guest, Kim Fortun from UC Irvine, author of Advocacy after Bhopal (U Chicago Press, 2001) and President of the 4S association. We start with Kim’s thoughts on late industrialism and why it became […]

Waste: Now + Next Symposium, 2/1/19, Rice University Moody Center

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019
Waste: Now + Next Symposium, 2/1/19, Rice University Moody Center

The 2018-19 Rice Seminar, Waste: Now + Next, presents its second symposium featuring speakers Jennifer Gabrys, Fabrice Monteiro, Michelle Murphy, Rachele Dini, Allison Turner, Jason Moore, and Kali Rubaii. Free and open to the public, Moody Center 205/206, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

161 – Eben Kirksey

Posted by on Jan 24, 2019
161 – Eben Kirksey

Your co-hosts celebrate MLK day, muse over whether Gattaca invented Tinder, toy with the idea of kale eugenics, and if that weren’t enough, Cymene Howe predicts Ragnarok on this week’s edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast. Valhalla will have to wait though because first (16:51) we catch up with the ever dynamic Eben Kirksey, […]

160 – Matthew T. Huber

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019
160 – Matthew T. Huber

Cymene and Dominic talk democratic do-overs, vegan falcons, Hegel’s bagels, and the 1980s arcade game Dig Dug on this week’s edition of the podcast. Then (19:51) we have a chance to catch up with Matt Huber from Syracuse, author of Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital(U Minnesota Press, 2013), about what he’s been up […]

159 – Gísli Pálsson

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019
159 – Gísli Pálsson

Cymene and Dominic are back and borderline alert for 2019. They recently watched the first half of Netflix’s Bird Box and speculate as to whether the alleged “Bird Box challenge” is further evidence of the doom of our species. Then (16:00) we welcome Icelandic anthropological legend Gísli Palsson to the podcast to talk about his […]

158 – Goodbye 2018/Rare Exports

Posted by on Dec 31, 2018
158 – Goodbye 2018/Rare Exports

This week it’s our end of year special edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast. Dominic and Cymene discusses a couple of energy news stories from 2018, Dominic apparently says Permian “basement” instead of “basin,” and they share heartwarming resolutions for 2019 including doing more yoga in the desert with children. Then (18:55) our search […]