The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014
The Ethics of Conferences in the Age of Climate Change

A nice article with a ridiculous title appeared in Saturday’s New York Times on the efforts of Lauri Zoloth, president of the American Academy of Religion, to create a “sabbatical year” from the AAR’s annual conference as a way of decreasing its carbon emissions: “We could choose to not meet at a huge annual meeting in which we take […]

What Does It Mean to Do Anthropology in the Anthropocene?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014
What Does It Mean to Do Anthropology in the Anthropocene?

Re-blogged from the blog of the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) April 8th, 2014, by Elizabeth Reddy  I’m Beth. I study people who study earthquakes and people who work to minimize the damage that earthquakes cause. That’s my short introduction; the line I use with nearly everyone to describe my research. I […]

Fargo Is Like Phoenix: Showtime’s “The Years of Living Dangerously”

Posted by on Apr 9, 2014
Fargo Is Like Phoenix: Showtime’s “The Years of Living Dangerously”

“Imagine, Harrison, that Fargo, North Dakota is like Phoenix,” a climate scientist tells actor Harrison Ford in the first episode of Showtime’s nine-part TV docu-mini-series on climate change, The Years of Living Dangerously.  This sentence epitomizes what the show has to offer: the most thorough exploration of climate change in American popular culture since Al […]

Molly Glentzer Reports on “Outside the Work” in the Houston Chronicle

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014
Molly Glentzer Reports on “Outside the Work” in the Houston Chronicle

Press coverage on Marina Zurkow’s excellent artist’s meal “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time,” which CENHS hosted last week! Many thanks to Molly Glentzer for her excellent and detailed article.  

Helen Hughes’ New Book GREEN DOCUMENTARY

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014
Helen Hughes’ New Book GREEN DOCUMENTARY

Cross-post from Steve Rust at Ecomedia Green Documentary: Environmental Documentary Film in the 21st Century, a fantastic-looking new book from U Chicago Press by Helen Hughes, will  be published in June by Intellect. Hughes is a senior lecturer in film studies at the University of Surrey. Here’s the book description: “During the first decade of the […]

To the “Church of Crude”: CENHS Class Tours the Baytown Refinery

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014
To the “Church of Crude”: CENHS Class Tours the Baytown Refinery

As part of the CENHS course “Culture, Energy and the Environment: An Introduction to Energy Humanities,” a group of Rice undergraduates visited ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery.  These are the reflections of four students. Ben Hoff, Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering On Thursday, February 6th my classmates and I met at the student center in the middle […]

Marina Zurkow, “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” @ Rice Gallery This Week

Posted by on Mar 15, 2014
Marina Zurkow, “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” @ Rice Gallery This Week

Come and see Marina Zurkow’s animation “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” at the Rice Gallery screening room. The animation will be screened all week during the gallery’s usual hours.  

Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014
Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time

Next Thursday, Marina Zurkow returns to Rice to curate “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time.” Her mysterious meal will be the culmination of the Energy Arts cluster’s focus on Zurkow’s work, which started with her talk in October, and continued with rolling installations of “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” around campus, in locations […]

Cultures of Energy Spring Symposium, April 24-26. Schedule Available!

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014

Third Annual Cultures of Energy Spring Research Symposium Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences Rice BioScience Research Collaborative Building, Room 280 // 6500 Main St., Houston TX   CENHS is pleased to announce the schedule for our 3rd annual Cultures of Energy Symposium. This promises to be a rich meeting, with scholars […]

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young on Sloterdijk and Animals, March 13th @ 4

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014
Geoffrey Winthrop-Young on Sloterdijk and Animals, March 13th @ 4

Geoffrey Winthrop-Young, “Infernal Enclosures and Vertically Challenged Worldly Animals: Luhmann and Heidegger in Sloterdijk” Thursday, March 13, 2014 4-6 PM Room 119 Humanities Building Rice University 6100 Main St Houston, Texas, USA Over the last decades, German developments in media theory, the study of cultural techniques and the resurgence of Philosophical Anthropology have involved the […]