Robert Markley on Jane Austen, Deep Time, and Sustainability – Feb 21st at 4pm

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014
Robert Markley on Jane Austen, Deep Time, and Sustainability – Feb 21st at 4pm

The English Department presents Robert Markley, W.D. and Sara E. Trowbridge Professor of English, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. 4:00 pm Friday, February 21, 2014 Humanities Room 119 “The Unsustainable Estate: Imagining ‘Nature’ in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park ” In the late eighteenth century, traditional notions of time and history came under pressure from work in three emerging sciences: […]

Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman on “The Rise of the Energy Humanities”

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014
Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman on “The Rise of the Energy Humanities”

(Image from Issac Cordal, Cement Eclipses) Dominic Boyer and Imre Szeman have co-authored an opinion piece in the Canadian publication University Affairs. They argue that the human sciences should play a major role in understanding and solving the energy crisis. They ask why the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is composed almost entirely of scientists, and suggest that […]

Karen Pinkus to Lead a Seminar on “Cultures of Fuel”

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014
Karen Pinkus to Lead a Seminar on “Cultures of Fuel”

CENHS welcomes Karen Pinkus to Rice. Dr. Pinkus, a leading scholar in romance studies and the environmental humanities, is the CENHS senior research fellow for Spring 2014. Among other energy and environment related projects, Dr. Pinkus is at work on a book about fuel and the the distinction between fuel and energy. She is also editing […]

“Energies” Conference at USC, CFP deadline 15 Dec.

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013
“Energies” Conference at USC, CFP deadline 15 Dec.

ENERGIES: THROUGH THE MATERIAL, THEORETICAL & TEXTUAL University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA March 28-29, 2014 Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2013 Keynote Speakers: Fiction writer and essayist Roxane Gay (Eastern Illinois University) is the author most recently of An Untamed State (Atlantic/Grove) and Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Scholar Ursula K. Heise (UCLA) is the author most recently of Sense of Place and […]

Karen Pinkus on Theory and Climate Change, Nov. 15, 4pm, Rayzor 113

Posted by on Nov 4, 2013
Karen Pinkus on Theory and Climate Change, Nov. 15, 4pm, Rayzor 113

Karen Pinkus’s talk is entitled “Terranes of Climate Change: Theory Between Geology and Geography.” Dr. Pinkus is this semester’s speaker for the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT) Colloquium. Karen Pinkus is Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at Cornell University.  She is also a minor graduate field member in Studio Art, a faculty fellow […]

Cli Fi Noir, From Finland with Foreboding

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013
Cli Fi Noir, From Finland with Foreboding

Antti Tuomainen’s The Healer is set in Helsinki in the near future, perhaps two or three decades from now, but it portrays a world that is hardly recognizable.  Finland, like every other European nation, has become a failed state due to the influx of millions of climate migrants, with its own citizens abandoning urban centers […]

Marina Zurkow on “Haunting, Enchantment, and Leaky Ecosystems”

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013
Marina Zurkow on “Haunting, Enchantment, and Leaky Ecosystems”

Marina Zurkow is the not only the inaugural speaker for the Rice Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences but her visit inaugurates a CENHS Arts and Media cluster project, “Consumption,” which features a rolling installation of Zurkow’s animation “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” and “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geological […]

“Arming Mother Nature” – Jacob Hamlin at UH, October 18th

Posted by on Sep 29, 2013
“Arming Mother Nature” – Jacob Hamlin at UH, October 18th

Ethics in Science Lecture Series: “Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism” Hamlin will speak at the University of Houston on Friday, October 18 in 232 Philip G. Hoffman Hall, 11am-1230pm. Abstract: Professor Hamblin argues that military planning for World War III essentially created “catastrophic environmentalism”: the idea that human activity might cause global natural […]

Derek Woods Reviews “A Fierce Green Fire”

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013
Derek Woods Reviews “A Fierce Green Fire”

The second screening of A Fierce Green Fire: Battle for a Living Planet drew a good-sized audience to the MFAH on Sunday. Given the even larger audience for the “Environmental Challenges Facing Houston in the Next 25 Years” forum on August 28th, it seems like there is considerable interest in environmental issues in a city […]

Nathan Keibler reviews “Chasing Ice”

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013
Nathan Keibler reviews “Chasing Ice”

Art and Science are two entities that some would normally consider incompatible with each other. In broad terms, the former tends to view the world through emotion, the psyche and aesthetics, while the latter filters it through the rational and the quantitative. Very rarely does one see the two come together so beautifully as in […]