CFP: The Language of Plants

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014
CFP: The Language of Plants

CFP: The Language of Plants 2014 JANUARY 29 tags: edited collection, plants by Steve Rust (Thanks to Heath Iverson for passing this cfp along.) The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature and Cinema (forthcoming, 2015) Edited by Patricia Vieira, Monica Gagliano and John Ryan Ecocriticism’s rise to prominence in the fields of literature and cultural studies has been […]

Anthropocene Feminism, April 10-12

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014
Anthropocene Feminism, April 10-12

Image from Marina Zurkow, Slurb (2009) Coined by Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen at the inception of the 21st Century, the concept of the Anthropocene postulates a new geological epoch defined by overwhelming human influence upon the earth beginning with the Industrial Revolution in the late eighteenth century. The concept has since been picked up […]

After 400 ppm – An Anthropocene Workshop

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014
After 400 ppm – An Anthropocene Workshop

After 400 ppm: Science, Politics, and Social Natures in the Anthropocene A workshop for junior scholars Rutgers University, March 27-28, 2014  Keynote speaker: Sarah Whatmore, Oxford University Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations now hover around 400 parts per million, a threshold that many scientists and environmentalists consider a path towards the catastrophic. At the same time, scholars […]

The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Houston

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013
The Center for Land Use Interpretation in Houston

Two years after the exhibition and tour that wrapped up the project, the Center for Land Use Interpretation’s work in Houston from 2008-2011 still deserves attention. The online material from the project remains an amazing resource for anyone interested in the oil industry or the geography of Texas. With this post, we also hope to […]

The annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts will focus on the “Postnatural”

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013
The annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts will focus on the “Postnatural”

The theme for this year’s meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts at Notre Dame is the “Postnatural.” This topic is a point of connection between the SLSA and CENHS. In light of recent debates about the concept of the Anthropocene in circles as widely separated as geology and philosophy, meteorology and […]

Notes from Rob Nixon’s talk “This Brief Multitude: The Anthropocene and Our Age of Disparity”

Posted by on May 29, 2013

Rob Nixon, “This Brief Multitude: The Anthropocene and Our Age of Disparity” These are notes taken live from Nixon’s plenary talk at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment conference in Lawrence, Kansas. Basic points about the Anthropocene, Stoermer and Crutzen, Crutzen did the popularization; focus on Homo sapiens as agent of […]

Big news: the founding of CENHS

Posted by on May 7, 2013
Big news: the founding of CENHS

A new center at Rice University will merge the fields of the human sciences with energy and environmental research. Conveniently located in the country’s energy capital, Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) will be the world’s first research center that focuses on understanding the relationship among humans, energy and […]

Rice History and Dr. Randall L. Hall offer a spring grad seminar in U.S. Environmental History

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012

Graduate seminar on US environmental history from the colonial era to the twentieth century, including the conservation and environmental movements.  Students can choose to take this course as either a reading or a research seminar. Thursdays, 2:30 to 5:30 P.M. Humanities Building, Room 327 Instructor: Dr. Randal L. Hall Telephone: 713-348-5547 Email: rh@rice.edu Office location: […]

Online Now: The first issue of the journal Environmental Humanities, with an article by Rice Professor Timothy Morton

Posted by on Nov 23, 2012

  The first issue of the journal Environmental Humanities is now available online. It includes an article by Dr. Timothy Morton of the Rice English department, a participant in Cultures of Energy Mellon-Sawyer seminar. The first issue was also launched with a short video by Dr. Morton and Dr. Cary Wolfe, a discussion of what […]

Electronic Book Review’s “Critical Ecologies”

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012

The “Critical Ecologies” section of the theory and criticism site “Electronic Book Review” (http://www.electronicbookreview.com/) has been publishing reviews of research in the environmental humanities since 1996. Dr. Cary Wolfe (professor of English at Rice) and Dr. Joseph Tabbi started the ecology thread in 1996. Dr. Andrew McMurry edited the thread from 2006-7, and Dr. Stacy […]