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 Department of English and the Department of Anthropology, will manage the project alongside Information Literacy Librarian Joe Goetz while also consulting other members of CENHS, including the interdisciplinary Faculty Steering Committee, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and the different research clusters of CENHS, as well as all interested scholars outside of Rice University. Parallel to the Energy Humanities Collection, the Predoctoral Fellows and Fondren Library will also work towards developing an Energy Humanities online research portal that will be hosted on the library’s website to provide helpful resources and research tools for scholars working within the field.
To our best knowledge, this initiative may be the first collection centered around the Energy Humanities. Not surprisingly, this reflects the Energy Humanities recent emergence as a specific interdisciplinary field across the arts, human sciences and humanities. Emblematically, Imre Szeman, professor of English, Film Studies and Sociology at University of Alberta and Dominic Boyer, director of CENHS and professor of Anthropology at Rice, have edited an anthology of the Energy Humanities that was published this spring at Johns Hopkins University Press. (And stay tuned as a post on the anthology is forthcoming here on the Cultures of Energy blog.)
As Fondren Library already purchases most publications from the main academic publishers, including many of the main works that would fit the criteria of an Energy Humanities Collection, the funds for the collection will automatically focus more on peripheral writings––scholarly, fictional and archival––that theorize, analyze or depict matters of energy. We welcome all tips that our readers might have regarding potential material for the collection––for now, tweets would be great!