The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2018 Year in Review

Posted by on Dec 30, 2018
The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2018 Year in Review

Launched in December 2015 by Rice University’s Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, the Cultures of Energy podcast has since featured over 150 episodes with a diverse range of activists, historians, scientists, anthropologists, politicians, and artists as guests. We look forward to expanding our audience even more in 2019 and continuing to think about new ways to use […]

157 – Solarpunk (feat. Rhys Williams)

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018
157 – Solarpunk (feat. Rhys Williams)

Cymene and Dominic wonder whether there’s a holiday film out there that also addresses Anthropocene issues and wonder whether the Grinch was actually woke to climate change. Then (12:40) we welcome our good friend Rhys Williams, from the University of Glasgow, to the podcast to talk to us about the emerging genre of solarpunk fiction. […]

156 – Jason De León

Posted by on Dec 13, 2018
156 – Jason De León

Dominic and Cymene wonder whether there isn’t some way to make the academic job market experience slightly less spirit-killing on this week’s podcast. Then (14:36) we are most fortunate to get U Michigan anthropologist Jason De León (http://undocumentedmigrationproject.com) on the phone to talk about his book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on […]

155 – Maria Whiteman

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018
155 – Maria Whiteman

Dominic and Cymene talk about gloomy climate news and dogs that can judge the goodness in human souls on this week’s podcast. Then (19:16) we catch up with environmental artist Maria Whiteman at her residency at the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University. We engage several of her art projects from the past decade and […]

Launching the Twitter Climate Humanities List

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018
Launching the Twitter Climate Humanities List

CENHS is pleased to announce the launch of a Twitter list gathering a wide range of humanists who study climate: the Climate Humanities list. This list broadly includes humanities scholars as well as humanistic social scientists, artists, architects, and others who research the cultural dimensions of climate change and climate action. Growing out of discussions […]

CFP: PLANNORD2019 Track 2: Enhancing Livability in Urban Areas

Posted by on Dec 4, 2018
CFP: PLANNORD2019 Track 2: Enhancing Livability in Urban Areas

Track 2: Enhancing Livability in Urban Areas Session organizers: Ass. Prof. Harpa Stefansdottir (NMBU) & Dr. Sanna Lehtinen (Univ. of Helsinki) Keywords: Livability, urban experience, everyday life, urban aesthetics CFP deadline 15th January 2019 Urban quality in terms of characteristics that influence happiness and subjective wellbeing deserves greater attention in research. The concept of “livability” is suitable […]

154 – Evan Berry

Posted by on Nov 29, 2018
154 – Evan Berry

Cymene and Dominic rediscover the Violent Femmes on this week’s podcast and that prompts a discussion of the best albums of all time. We then (18:54) welcome American U’s Evan Berry to the podcast, author most recently of Devoted to Nature: The Religious Roots of American Environmentalism (U California Press, 2015) and the PI of […]

“When Was Waste?” Symposium (Dec 7, 2018)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018
“When Was Waste?” Symposium (Dec 7, 2018)

“WHEN WAS WASTE?” A SYMPOSIUM (FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7) On Friday, December 7th, this year’s Rice Seminar—”Waste: Histories and Futures”—will hold its first of three symposia, “When Was Waste?” Sponsored by Rice University’s Humanities Research Center and CENHS, and in collaboration with the Moody Center for the Arts, the symposium will feature a diverse range of speakers, concluding […]

153 – Laura Ogden

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018
153 – Laura Ogden

Dominic and Cymene talk urban turkey encounters on this week’s edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast. With multispecies on our minds, we then (8:59) check in with Dartmouth’s Laura Ogden. We begin with her experience growing up in the Everglades and how it sparked a life long interest in multispecies relations and the hidden […]

The Pothole on the Side of the Road: Thoughts on the Immanent Materialty of Cycling

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018
The Pothole on the Side of the Road: Thoughts on the Immanent Materialty of Cycling

In a blog post I published a few weeks back I discussed the importance of inhabiting Houston’s streets as pedestrians and cyclists and reflected on the “wastelanding” of places, and the people who inhabit them, which occurs as a result of hegemonic mobile-privatization. Somewhat Ironically, that post only made passing reference to the actual experience […]