Book Review: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, eds. Tsing, Swanson, Gan, and Bubandt

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018
Book Review: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, eds. Tsing, Swanson, Gan, and Bubandt

Tsing, Anna, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, eds. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017. What kind of thinking may help us live amid ecological destruction? The Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet collection edited by Anna Tsing, Heather Swanson, Elaine […]

Anthropology Postdoc at University of St. Andrews

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018
Anthropology Postdoc at University of St. Andrews

New 3-year postdoctoral research position at University of St Andrews Applications are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral Research Fellow who will explore ethnographically how energy analysts and traders in the financial sector conceptualise and value oil at a time of heightened concerns about climate change and ‘stranded oil assets’. The successful candidate will carry out […]

108 – Steve Mentz

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018
108 – Steve Mentz

Cymene and Dominic talk games and wombs of yore. And then (15:15) we turn to a conversation with the original blue humanist, Steve Mentz from St. John’s University. We start with his recent work, Shipwreck Modernity (U Minnesota Press, 2015) and its effort to pluralize thinking about the Anthropocene. We are introduced to concepts like […]

107 – Michael Watts

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018
107 – Michael Watts

Cymene and Dominic report on the insane fireworks situation in Reykjavík. Then (16:02) Dominic chats with our esteemed energy humanist colleague Michael Watts from UC-Berkeley. Michael explains how he accidently backed in to studying Nigerian petroculture in the 1970s and how he has traced the formation of the Nigerian petrostate from the Biafran war through […]

106 – Macarena Gómez-Barris

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017
106 – Macarena Gómez-Barris

Cymene and Dominic kick off the last podcast of 2017 with an emotional year in review; there is talk of resolutions for 2018 and then Cym informs the world about what it’s like to be in a float cabin that’s a little too cold. We are then (18:03) so happy to share our last 2017 […]

The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2017 Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 27, 2017
The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2017 Year in Review

On December 23, 2015, Rice University’s Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe launched the inaugural Cultures of Energy podcast with science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi as their first guest. Since then, the podcast has run 104 additional episodes featuring a diverse range of activists, historians, scientists, anthropologists, politicians, and artists as guests. Cymene and Dominic have […]

105 – Sheila Jasanoff

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017
105 – Sheila Jasanoff

On this holiday edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast, Cymene and Dominic discuss redistributions of wealth and what they are looking for in a holiday robot. Then (10:51) we welcome someone who we’ve been dying to talk to for some time—Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of […]

104 – Marianne Lien

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017
104 – Marianne Lien

Dominic and Cymene wonder if they could drink 12 diet cokes a day. That makes us thirsty for water and the life aquatic and so (11:44) we welcome the brilliant Marianne Lien from the University of Oslo to the podcast. We begin with faunal and floral settler colonialism in Tasmania and discuss early ventures in […]

103 – Astrida Neimanis

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017
103 – Astrida Neimanis

Coming to you this week from Kreuzberg, Cymene and Dominic imagine Truman Show Berlin. Then (9:04) we connect to Australia at long last with the help of Astrida Neimanis from the University of Sydney. We talk about her recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (Bloomsbury, 2017), and her efforts to rethink embodiment and […]

Bears Ears; or, The Problem of Antiquties

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017
Bears Ears; or, The Problem of Antiquties

My news feed, for the last several mornings, has continually reminded me of the upcoming “shrinking” of Bears Ears National Monument. According to the New York Times, the Trump administration will reduce the size of the park protected by upwards of 85 percent. Citing Federal overreach and the stifling of industrial growth, conservative groups consider […]