New Installation at Rice’s JuiceBOX: ‘The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute’

Posted by on Mar 18, 2018
New Installation at Rice’s JuiceBOX: ‘The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute’

The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute March 23rd – April 23rd, 2018 With Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall, Erik Hagen Opening reception Friday, March 23rd from 6pm-10pm, featuring a performance by Daniela Antelo at 7pm. We are contained in what appears to be something disastrous. We’ve tried to […]

117 – Orit Halpern

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018
117 – Orit Halpern

Cymene and Dominic share wild tales on this week’s Spring Break edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast and make the case for #feralgarden4thward as the weedy edge of Houston urbanism. Then (11:30) we welcome the fantastic Orit Halpern to the podcast to discuss her research at the intersection of data, smartness, resilience and cities. […]

Don’t miss out: 3-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION AT UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS Deadline: March 16

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018
Don’t miss out: 3-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH POSITION AT UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS Deadline: March 16

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 […]

116 – Dana Powell

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018
116 – Dana Powell

Happy International Women’s Day from the Cultures of Energy podcast! Cymene and Dominic struggle to remember an Indigo Girls song and reminisce about desert Stonehenge and vegan punk. Then (12:18) we welcome to the podcast anthropologist Dana Powell who has just published a remarkable new book, Landscapes of Power (Duke U Press, 2018), on the […]

New Texts and Old Problems

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018
New Texts and Old Problems

I recently attended the Society For The Study of Southern Literature Conference held this year in Austin, Texas. Titled “South By and By,” this conference marked the 50th anniversary of the society and pondered society’s future and the future(s) of southern studies more broadly. In addition to questions of geography, borders, race, and sexuality, there […]

Cultures of Energy 7: Schedule of Events

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018
Cultures of Energy 7: Schedule of Events

***Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in The Founder’s Room, Lovett Hall, Rice University***   Thursday (April 12): 3 Welcome & Opening Remarks (Dominic Boyer) 330p Keynote Panel: The Work of Alternate Worlds (Chair: Caroline Levander) Panelists: Ganzeer, Cymene Howe, Jeff VanderMeer 5p Reception *** Friday (April 13): 830a continental breakfast provided 9a […]

115 – Joshua Reno

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018
115 – Joshua Reno

Dominic and Cymene make a dramatic cinematic announcement and offer dubious pronunciations. Then (13:05) we welcome to the podcast legendary anthropologist of waste, Joshua Reno from Binghamton University, author of Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill (U California Press, 2015). We remind Josh first of all about his undergraduate thesis on […]

114 – The Shale Dilemma (feat. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran)

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018
114 – The Shale Dilemma (feat. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran)

The kids are all kinds of all right on this week’s episode of the Cultures of Energy podcast. Then (12:55) we welcome our guest, environmental economist Shanti Gamper-Rabindran from the University of Pittsburgh to discuss her remarkable new volume, The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and State Development (U Pittsburgh Press, 2018) that […]

Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018
Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

The following is an excerpt from a work in progress, which attempts to think through how one might conjugate questions of environment alongside literary representations of health and hygiene—a “hygienic poetics,” if you will. Following recent work by Peter Sloterdijk and Alexis Shotwell, this project seeks to pull apart and examine the logics that influence […]

Recovery, Relocation, and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018
Recovery, Relocation, and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston

I recently moved to Houston to work as a postdoc on a NSF Rapid grant ethnography Dominic Boyer is heading up. I’m living in Meyerland, one of the neighbourhoods that our study focusses on. The other is Greenspoint. Both areas have been repeatedly flooded in recent years, most dramatically with Hurricane Harvey, and our ethnography […]