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 […]

Environmental Humanities: A New Open Access Journal

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012

Cultures of Energy would like to draw attention to a new open access journal. Environmental Humanities aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal will publish outstanding scholarship that draws […]

The Petropolis of Tomorrow

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012
The Petropolis of Tomorrow

The Petropolis of Tomorrow: http://www.petropia.org/   A joint research and design effort run by the South American Project, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Rice University School of Architecture, and the Cornell University School of Architecture.   The Petropolis of Tomorrow is a design and research project, which examines new Petropolises — cities formed from resource extraction — associated […]

Teaching the Energy Humanities

Posted by on Jun 18, 2012

During the 2011-12 academic year, a group of twenty-one undergraduate fellows at Rice’s Humanities Research Center worked with anthropology graduate student Marcel LaFlamme to develop a preliminary framework for a new course on the energy humanities, to be taught at Rice in spring 2013. The resulting document [PDF] draws on conversations with the distinguished lecturers […]

Günel Appointed Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted by on Jan 28, 2012

Rice has named Gökçe Günel, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University, the Cultures of Energy Postdoctoral Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year. Günel grew up in Istanbul, Turkey, and moved to the United States in 2007 to pursue her graduate studies. Her dissertation project focuses on the development of the […]

Critical Climate Change

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012
Critical Climate Change

Open Humanities Press, in partnership with the Scholarly Publishing Office at the University of Michigan Library, is launching a new book series in literary and cultural theory. Here’s the blurb: The era of climate change involves the mutation of systems beyond 20th century anthropomorphic models and has stood, until recently, outside representation or address. Understood […]

A Shared Reality?

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011
A Shared Reality?

An unusually heated set of remarks about climate change by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore have been making their way around the Internet. Speaking at an Aspen Institute forum on media and society last week, Mr. Gore charged that corporate interests “pay pseudo-scientists to pretend to be scientists to put out the message: ‘This climate […]

Fueling Creativity

Posted by on Jul 1, 2011
Fueling Creativity

The latest issue of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association, features a group of articles examining how scholars might read literary texts with an eye on energy. “Instead of divvying up literary works into hundred-year intervals or categories harnessing the history of ideas,” editor and University of Michigan professor Patricia Yaeger asks, “what happens […]