Ep. #72 – Alexei Yurchak

Posted by on May 18, 2017
Ep. #72 – Alexei Yurchak

To help us sort through a week dominated by spiraling Russo-American political intrigue, we welcome (13:01) to the podcast Berkeley anthropologist, Alexei Yurchak, analyst extraordinaire of all things late Soviet and post Soviet, and author of the award-winning Everything was Forever Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation (Princeton, 2005). We trace the […]

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 ENST minors!

Posted by on May 13, 2017
Congratulations to the Class of 2017 ENST minors!

Introducing Rice University’s 2017 Environmental Studies (ENST) program graduates! CENHS is proud to announce that Rice’s Environmental Studies minor program has six new graduates! Please join us in congratulating (left to right above) Meredith Glaubach, Jake Krauss, Lauren Howe-Kerr, Kevin Pisters and Veronica Johnson. Missing from the photo is Josh Morse, who also graduated this […]

Ep. #71 – Mike Hulme

Posted by on May 11, 2017
Ep. #71 – Mike Hulme

Dominic and Cymene hide in the bushes to talk existential terror and low carbon pleasure. We then (10:23) chat with famed geographer Mike Hulme, author of Can Science Fix Climate Change? and Why We Disagree About Climate Change, about his 35 years of research on climate. We talk about the many meanings of the term […]

Ep. #70 – Kairn Klieman

Posted by on May 4, 2017
Ep. #70 – Kairn Klieman

Cymene and Dominic discuss possible raccoon attacks that may have occurred near Marfa, the cuteness and moxie of javelinas, and the worst table service in Texas. Then (14:13) we welcome long time CENHS co-conspirator Kairn Klieman, from the University of Houston’s History Department, to the podcast. Kairn talks about her dissertation research, which challenged western […]

Ep. #69 – Joe Dumit

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017
Ep. #69 – Joe Dumit

Cymene and Dominic talk globalist cucks and S-Town and then (16:58) we sit down to a lovely cup of coffee with the multitalented Joe Dumit, author of Drugs for Life: How Pharmaceutical Companies Define Our Health (Duke University Press). We talk to Joe about the amazing game about fracking he and his students at UC-Davis […]

Ep. #68 – Matthew Taylor

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017
Ep. #68 – Matthew Taylor

Dominic and Cymene talk diet soda, dementia and the art of titling books and then (13:40) we welcome to the pod UNC English professor Matthew Taylor, author of Universes without Us: Posthuman Cosmologies in American Literature (U Minnesota Press, 2013), to talk about, among other things, the ethics and politics of posthumanism. Matt shares thoughts […]

A Long Overdue Anthology of the Energy Humanities

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017
A Long Overdue Anthology of the Energy Humanities

Despite – or perhaps because of its ubiquity in human life, as such, the question of energy has been suspiciously absent from most of our critiques of modernity, political power, and aesthetics. The aim of Szeman and Boyer’s (2017) Energy Humanities: an Anthology––and perhaps the energy humanities in general–– is to reveal the invisibilities of energy and […]

Ep. #67 – Cultures of Energy 6

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017
Ep. #67 – Cultures of Energy 6

A special bonus podcast this week offers a mosaic of keywords and reflections from participants in CENHS’s annual energy humanities extravaganza. Cymene and Dominic lead things off with a discussion of Margaret Thatcher’s own private restroom and what it takes to be identified as an artist these days. Then (14:25) Leah Stokes (UC Santa Barbara) […]

Ep. #66 – Daniel Barber

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017
Ep. #66 – Daniel Barber

Your co-hosts chat about the return of Veep and a new indie film under production by the rogue AI of the American Anthropological Association’s panel submissions system, Being Chris Kelty. Then we welcome architectural historian Daniel Barber from Penn Design to the podcast to talk about the history of solar homes and what past ventures […]