New Texts and Old Problems

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018
New Texts and Old Problems

I recently attended the Society For The Study of Southern Literature Conference held this year in Austin, Texas. Titled “South By and By,” this conference marked the 50th anniversary of the society and pondered society’s future and the future(s) of southern studies more broadly. In addition to questions of geography, borders, race, and sexuality, there […]

Cultures of Energy 7: Schedule of Events

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018
Cultures of Energy 7: Schedule of Events

***Unless otherwise indicated, all events will take place in The Founder’s Room, Lovett Hall, Rice University***   Thursday (April 12): 3 Welcome & Opening Remarks (Dominic Boyer) 330p Keynote Panel: The Work of Alternate Worlds (Chair: Caroline Levander) Panelists: Ganzeer, Cymene Howe, Jeff VanderMeer 5p Reception *** Friday (April 13): 830a continental breakfast provided 9a […]

115 – Joshua Reno

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018
115 – Joshua Reno

Dominic and Cymene make a dramatic cinematic announcement and offer dubious pronunciations. Then (13:05) we welcome to the podcast legendary anthropologist of waste, Joshua Reno from Binghamton University, author of Waste Away: Working and Living with a North American Landfill (U California Press, 2015). We remind Josh first of all about his undergraduate thesis on […]

Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018
Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

The following is an excerpt from a work in progress, which attempts to think through how one might conjugate questions of environment alongside literary representations of health and hygiene—a “hygienic poetics,” if you will. Following recent work by Peter Sloterdijk and Alexis Shotwell, this project seeks to pull apart and examine the logics that influence […]

Recovery, Relocation, and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston

Posted by on Feb 19, 2018
Recovery, Relocation, and Alluvial Awareness in Post-Harvey Houston

I recently moved to Houston to work as a postdoc on a NSF Rapid grant ethnography Dominic Boyer is heading up. I’m living in Meyerland, one of the neighbourhoods that our study focusses on. The other is Greenspoint. Both areas have been repeatedly flooded in recent years, most dramatically with Hurricane Harvey, and our ethnography […]

Environmental Tales Told in Panels

Posted by on Feb 14, 2018
Environmental Tales Told in Panels

How else might we engage with information about energy, climate change, and environmental issues? With the CENHS Energy Humanities Collection at Rice University’s Fondren library, fellows have been interested in finding creative pieces to add to our collection from graphic novels to cartography. To jumpstart your interest in climate change, energy, and environmental comics, below […]

112 – Graham Harman

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018
112 – Graham Harman

What do the Super Bowl, horse-based gymnastics, the fact that magic might be really real and bragging about Bruno Latour have in common? Why, they are on your co-hosts minds this week on the podcast. Then (13:00) we are most fortunate to welcome philosopher Graham Harman (Sci-Arc, https://doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com) to the program. Graham starts us off with […]

Plays of Light and Shadows

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018
Plays of Light and Shadows

February 6th – February 20th, 2018 ​Experiments by Tish Stringer, Lina Dib, and Taylor Knapps. Rice University, Houston, TX JuiceBOXes located at the intersection of College Way and Alumni Drive directly across the street from Herring Hall   Outside In Upside Down: Container Obscura Experiments by Tish Stringer Tish Stringer turns the world on its […]

Chicago Climate Change & Culture Institute (4CI)

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018
Chicago Climate Change & Culture Institute (4CI)

The Chicago Climate Change & Culture Institute is a 3 week intensive study led by visiting faculty from Rice University, Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, Professors of Anthropology and Founders of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences. JULY 9 -JULY  27, 2018 Climate change is arguably the greatest environmental, political and cultural […]

110 – Lisa Sideris

Posted by on Jan 25, 2018
110 – Lisa Sideris

Cymene and Dominic announce their latest educational venture, the Chicago Climate Change & Culture Institute (4CI) and ask y’all’s help in getting the word out — https://summer.uchicago.edu/programs/chicago-climate-change-culture-institute-4ci — Then (10:48) joining us from the fashionable eastern time zone is the fabulous Lisa Sideris. We talk to her about her new book Consecrating Science: Wonder, Knowledge, […]