122 – Making Alternate Worlds (feat. Ganzeer & Jeff VanderMeer)

Posted by on Apr 19, 2018
122 – Making Alternate Worlds (feat. Ganzeer & Jeff VanderMeer)

After Cymene and Dominic take a moment to call out for profit academic publishing and cheerleading, this week’s podcast brings you (16:00) the keynote panel from CENHS’s Cultures of Energy 7 symposium, which explored the art, craft and significance of making alternate worlds. The conversation features famed Egyptian artist Ganzeer (The Solar Grid) celebrated novelist […]

Living in the Future’s Past Screening and Q&A with Timothy Morton and Susan Kucera

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018
Living in the Future’s Past Screening and Q&A with Timothy Morton and Susan Kucera

Join Rice University’s Timothy Morton and Director Susan Kucera this Sunday, April 22 for the WorldFest theatrical showing of the documentary film Living in the Future’s Past presented and produced by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges.   Living in the Future’s Past is a beautifully filmed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Jeff Bridges, alongside […]

121 – Heather Paxson

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018
121 – Heather Paxson

Dominic and Cymene plug Cultures of Energy 7—this year’s energy humanities symposium at Rice which begins today, details at culturesofenergy.org—and then they turn to cheese, why it’s funny, how it can be applied to cats, “cheddaring,” and much more. Is there an anthropologist who knows more about cheese than anyone? Yes of course there is, […]

Congrats to our predoc fellow Katie Ulrich for receiving NSF GRFP fellowship

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018
Congrats to our predoc fellow Katie Ulrich for receiving NSF GRFP fellowship

Katie Ulrich, a predoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) and a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University, received a fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This prestigious fellowship is highly competitive—only 2,000 recipients are selected from over 13,000 applicants. […]

120 – Brian Larkin

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018
120 – Brian Larkin

Dominic and Cymene discuss the Houston city government’s recent decision to elevate new homes in the floodplains and they take a few moments to plan their dream dinner parties. We then (18:12) teleport you to the office of amazing Columbia anthropologist and infrastructure guru, Brian Larkin. Brian explains to us how his interest in practices […]

Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018
Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Puig de la Bellacasa, María. Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017. 280 pp. María Puig de la Bellacasa’s Matters of Care sets out to explore what a more-than-human ethics could—and needs to—look like. She draws on critical scholarship on “technoscientific knowledge production” as well as […]

119 – Petroculture Doubleheader (feat. Carola Hein, Rebecca Babcock & Jason Lagapa)

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018
119 – Petroculture Doubleheader (feat. Carola Hein, Rebecca Babcock & Jason Lagapa)

This week on the Cultures of Energy podcast we offer up a special double episode of petrocultural analysis. Cymene and Dominic set the stage with a new offshore pub concept, The Oily Hound, and then in the first segment (9:26) Dominic chats with Carola Hein from TU-Delft about her work at the intersection of oil, […]

Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

Posted by on Mar 27, 2018
Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

My grandfather evacuated his childhood home from an attic window during the devastating 1937 Ohio River Flood. A boat that was passing through his neighborhood spotted his family as they frantically waved from the small upstairs window. Imagine turning around in the hard seat of the pontoon to see your house completely underwater, everything you […]

118 – Candis Callison

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018
118 – Candis Callison

Dominic and Cymene talk Tom Waits, velour jumpsuits and the long afterlife of Hurricane Harvey. And then (13:33) we are most fortunate to welcome to the podcast Candis Callison (U British Columbia) a scholar doing amazing work on indigeneity, climate change and journalism. We start by discussing the wonderful podcast, Media Indigena, which Candis co-hosts […]

RUN GMC: China, EVs, and the future of clean automobiles

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018
RUN GMC: China, EVs, and the future of clean automobiles

“You know what FORD stands for, girls?” my grandpa used to ask my sister, Mattie, and me. “No,” I’d reply, but I already knew where his joke was heading. Being a General Motors (GM) car dealer led to an adamant, dedicated brand loyalty among the Fuson family lines, and jokes about other car brands were […]