Ep. #93 – John Broome

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017
Ep. #93 – John Broome

Dominic and Cymene chat about community wind power, bioplastics, sucropolitics, and the inevitability of edible children’s toys. Then (11:10) Cymene sits down to talk with economist-turned-philosopher John Broome, Emeritus Professor at Oxford and author of Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World (Norton, 2012) to talk about morality, ethics and climate change. John explains why […]

Some Chemical and More-Than-Human Transformations of Sugar/Energy

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017
Some Chemical and More-Than-Human Transformations of Sugar/Energy

Oblivious, or maybe not, to a warming planet and intense global discourse around renewable bioeconomy futures, a tiny sugar molecule one day is synthesized and then makes its way into a cell wall of a sugarcane plant in the southern region of Brazil. This is not the type of sugar that would be found on […]

Ep. #92 – Roy Scranton

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017
Ep. #92 – Roy Scranton

Dominic and Cymene share fun facts about ice worms and water bears on this week’s bonus episode of the podcast. Then (9:27) we continue our effort to process this storm season philosophically by welcoming old friend and new dad, Roy Scranton, to the podcast. We start with his now all-too-prescient NYT article, “When the Next […]

Ep. #91 – Environmental Injustice at the EPA

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017
Ep. #91 – Environmental Injustice at the EPA

Cymene and Dominic wonder whether haunted houses can help in the fight against climate change. Then (11:55) we welcome Britt Paris (UCLA) and Sara Wylie (Northeastern U) to the podcast to bring us up to speed on what the Environmental Data Governance Initiative (EDGI, https://envirodatagov.org) has been doing to monitor the unfolding anti-science agenda at […]

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 […]