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 […]

Energy Humanities Collection at Fondren Library

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017
Energy Humanities Collection at Fondren Library

In an exciting new initiative, CENHS is partnering with Rice’s Fondren Library to establish an Energy Humanities Collection that may be among the first of its kind. Thanks to the library graciously awarding special funding for the project, the effort is now in its beginning stages. The CENHS Predoctoral Fellows, who are currently from the […]

Fossilized Houston presents “Like There is No Tomorrow”, a series of interactive installations at Rice University’s solar powered JuiceBOX containers

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017
Fossilized Houston presents “Like There is No Tomorrow”, a series of interactive installations at Rice University’s solar powered JuiceBOX containers

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself.”  – Rachel Carson Fossilized Houston presents “Like There is […]

Ep. #65 – Saskia Sassen

Posted by on Apr 6, 2017
Ep. #65 – Saskia Sassen

Your co-hosts chat about hyperloops, hydrarails and that time Newt Gingrich flirted with Cymene. Then (16:54) renowned sociologist Saskia Sassen joins us to share her thinking about our contemporary environmental predicament. We talk about finance as the steam engine of our era, the reasons for its recent rise, and whether Saskia feels that finance can […]

Deep in the Heart of Texas: Environmental Justice and Pipeline Resistance

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017
Deep in the Heart of Texas: Environmental Justice and Pipeline Resistance

The following CENHS predoc fellows contributed to this post: Maureen Haver, Kevin MacDonnell, and Eliot Storer We recently sat down with Bryan Parras, co-founder, with his father Juan Parras, of Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (T.E.J.A.S) to discuss its founding and reflect on Houston’s roots in the environmental justice movement. Those roots run deep, thanks […]

Ep. #64 – Hannah Appel

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017
Ep. #64 – Hannah Appel

Dominic and Cymene discuss this week’s rollback of the Clean Power Plan and Cymene’s 1980s close encounter with Adam Ant. Then (14:55) we are delighted to welcome UCLA anthropologist Hannah Appel to the podcast. We grade Rex Tillerson’s performance as an oil exec and transition from there to Hannah’s research on the oil industry in […]