Reflections on Disposability, “Mobile Privatization,” and the “Wastelanding” of Houston’s Streets

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018
Reflections on Disposability, “Mobile Privatization,” and the “Wastelanding” of Houston’s Streets

Recently, I was having a conversation with several colleagues about driving in Houston. The usual horror stories were being exchanged when the conversation turned to road rage. Why is it, wondered one member of the group, that we’re willing to shout things in our car that we would never dream of saying in “public?” Offhandedly, […]

149 – Tim Neale

Posted by on Oct 25, 2018
149 – Tim Neale

Dominic tries to sing Ted Cruz out of office on this week’s podcast and retells a story about the senator’s dirty shirt. Then (14:59) fellow anthropologist and environmental humanities podcaster Tim Neale (of Deakin University) joins us from the future in Melbourne. With him we review their very successful recent Anthropocene Campus and its effort […]

Upcoming Talk at Rice by Paul Burrow, Yale School of Forestry

Posted by on Oct 22, 2018
Upcoming Talk at Rice by Paul Burrow, Yale School of Forestry

All those interested in cultural studies, the environmental humanities, ecology and more, here’s an exciting upcoming Rice event to put in your calendars: * * * Forest Afterimages: the Cultural Politics of Place in North America’s Great Basin Presentation by Paul Burrow, Yale School of Forestry Tuesday Nov 6th, 12 noon at Wiess College 146 […]

Call For Papers – DeLillo and Environments: American Literature Association 2019

Posted by on Oct 21, 2018
Call For Papers – DeLillo and Environments: American Literature Association 2019

There is an exciting upcoming opportunity for Americanists, Environmental Humanities specialists, and scholars of Don DeLillo.  From May 23-26 the American Literature Association will be hosting a conference on “DeLillo and Environments” which seeks to feed off of “recent critical interest in environmental humanities, and their ability to help us view significant authors in new […]

148 – Caroline A. Jones

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018
148 – Caroline A. Jones

Dominic and Cymene talk foot injuries, bears, and a project called “smell my box.” We then (15:52) welcome to the podcast the marvelous Caroline Jones from MIT who talks about her amazing research and curatorial work on bioart, biofiction, psychology, phenomenology, neuroscience and much much more. We start with her provocative concept of “symbiontics” which […]

147 – Paul Warde

Posted by on Oct 11, 2018
147 – Paul Warde

We get to hear about Cymene’s mod years and her experience this week with “cat therapy.” And then (14:06) Dominic speaks with Cambridge environmental historian Paul Warde about his new book, The Invention of Sustainability: Nature and Destiny, ca. 1500-1870 (Cambridge UP 2018) which traces our contemporary interest in sustainable futures back to the concerns […]

146 – Cara Daggett

Posted by on Oct 4, 2018
146 – Cara Daggett

Dominic and Cymene talk about the country’s first robot sex brothel coming to Houston. And then (14:40) we welcome the amazing Cara Daggett to the podcast. Cara has an amazing book in press with Duke that everyone should pre-order. It’s entitled The Birth of Energy: Fossil Fuels, Thermodynamics and the Politics of Work and it […]

The Lungs of Guatemala City: Architects’ Efforts to Conserve an Urban Ecology

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018
The Lungs of Guatemala City: Architects’ Efforts to Conserve an Urban Ecology

This post was originally published on October 1, 2018 for offcite.org. Melanie Ford is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University where she is also a co-coordinator of the Ethnography Studio and fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (CENHS). Guatemalan architects tell me that the lungs, los […]

145 – Solarity! (feat. Darin Barney and Imre Szeman)

Posted by on Sep 27, 2018
145 – Solarity! (feat. Darin Barney and Imre Szeman)

This week’s episode starts with some serious reflections on cracked masculinity, misogyny, 1980s culture, and the Supreme Court. But in the spirit of demanding better worlds to come, we then (15:30) welcome Darin Barney (McGill U) and Imre Szeman (U Waterloo) to talk through how best to imagine and enact positive solar futures. We start […]

144 – Rosalind Fredericks

Posted by on Sep 20, 2018
144 – Rosalind Fredericks

Cymene and Dominic debate whether dogs can have bullshit jobs on this week’s podcast. Then (13:46) we are most fortunate to welcome NYU’s Rosalind Fredericks to the podcast to talk about her brand new book, Garbage Citizenship: Vital Infrastructures of Labor in Dakar, Senegal (Duke U Press). But before getting there we ask Rozy why […]