Postdoctoral Fellowship – Wastes: Histories and Futures

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017
Postdoctoral Fellowship – Wastes: Histories and Futures

The Humanities Research Center at Rice University is accepting applications from postdoctoral scholars for the 2018–2019 Rice Seminar, titled Wastes: Histories and Futures.  For a description of the seminar, click here. Application details can be found here.   Image: Fabrice Monteiro, “The Prophecy” (detail) [Photo Basel 2017 and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery]

Sonic Activism After Ice

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017
Sonic Activism After Ice

Friday, October 13, 2017 at Rice University    

Harvey, Horror, and Hope: Prospects for Gulf Coast Climate Change Mitigation

Posted by on Sep 16, 2017
Harvey, Horror, and Hope: Prospects for Gulf Coast Climate Change Mitigation

In a public lecture sponsored by the Houston Audubon Society on Thursday night, Jim Blackburn discussed the unique challenges of advocating for progressive environmental policy in the Lone Star State. “Convincing Texas to implement climate change preparation and mitigation efforts is just about the hardest nut to crack in the world… And I’ve been banging […]

Ep. #90 – Low Carbon Leisure & Pleasure (Live at Nerd Nite Austin!)

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017
Ep. #90 – Low Carbon Leisure & Pleasure (Live at Nerd Nite Austin!)

Please enjoy our first ever live Cultures of Energy show in which Cymene, Dominic and Penn sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen (of Hot & Bothered podcast fame, https://www.dissentmagazine.org/tag/hot-bothered) talk to Nerd Nite Austin about how to expand our emotional range when dealing with the Anthropocene, the limits of environmental austerity messaging for changing high carbon behavior […]

The Art of Infrastructure at the RAI Conference on Art, Materiality and Representation in London

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017
The Art of Infrastructure at the RAI Conference on Art, Materiality and Representation in London

The current ‘infrastructural turn’ in anthropology has cast fresh light on materiality, mediation, and mobility. Ethnographic attention to the social and cultural relationality of infrastructures – from information systems, to roads, to energy networks, (cf Star 1999) has expanded the definition of infrastructure away from the narrow confines of technical or functional concerns, to consider […]

UN Table Tennis: Bureaucratic and Diplomatic Serves [Podcast]

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017
UN Table Tennis: Bureaucratic and Diplomatic Serves [Podcast]

This podcast is a reflection on the idea of service from the standpoint of table tennis, the main lunchtime activity of interns at the Mitigation, Data & Analysis programme in the summer of 2017. — Magnús Örn Sigurðsson is a CENHS pre-doctoral fellow and Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University. He […]

Ep. #89 – Naveeda Khan

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017
Ep. #89 – Naveeda Khan

Dominic and Cymene plug low carbon leisure and pleasure and consider the world of competitive dishwashing. Then (8:49) we welcome to the podcast the amazing Naveeda Khan from Johns Hopkins. We compare the experiences and media coverage of recent flooding in Houston and South Asia, noting especially how terms like “shelter” and “refugee” are deployed […]

John Broome Lecture at Rice University (Sep 15th at 4:15pm)

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017
John Broome Lecture at Rice University (Sep 15th at 4:15pm)

“Efficiency and Future Generations: Responding to Climate Change” by John Broome Come hear John Broome, Emeritus White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, who will be speaking on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 4:15pm in Duncan 1070. This event is sponsored by CENHS and the Philosophy Department at Rice University. The lecture […]

Nerd Nite 95: Party in the Anthropocene – Austin TX

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017
Nerd Nite 95: Party in the Anthropocene – Austin TX

Wednesday, September 13th, doors at 7:30 pm, talks at 8:00 pm The North Door 502 Brushy St. Austin, TX 78702 [ASL interpreters will be present] ++++++++++++ Come celebrate the Anthropocene with us! 99% of scientists agree its going to be a great Nerd Nite. The talks: ++++++++++++ “Secrets of the Feral City,” by Christopher Brown […]

“A Poetics of the Atmos-Fear”

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017
“A Poetics of the Atmos-Fear”

The following is an excerpt from my public humanities lecture, “Toxic Agents: Poetry, Pollution, and Environmental Racism,” which will be given tonight at the Health Museum of Houston (5:30pm). The goal of the talk is to outline three toxic agents that I believe have shaped both literary and medical discourses over the last 100 years. […]