Cultures of Energy Podcast

The Cultures of Energy podcast invites scholars, artists and activists to discuss the pressing energy and environmental issues of our times. Sometimes the conversations are more light-hearted, sometimes they are more earnest. But the podcast always strives to show how the insights of energy and environmental humanities can help us to better understand and overcome the dilemmas we face. The show is co-hosted by Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, who frequently and shamelessly use the intro segments to promote pet theories and air random grievances. They would love to hear from you.

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September 19, 2019

195 – Laura Watts Returns

Cymene and Dominic tease a family revelation and describe a museum full of caricatures of East Germany (a regime that tbh itself kinda caricatured socialism). Then (17:03) we welcome back to the podcast the one and only Laura Watts (, now at Edinburgh, who has a marvelous new book out with MIT Press, Energy at the […]



Cymene and Dominic cover the stress (and joy!) of center directorships and sandwich-making on this week’s podcast. Then (13:53) Dustin Mulvaney ( visits the pod to tell us all the things we need to know about solar energy but were afraid to ask. He’s the author of the excellent new book, Solar Power: Innovation, Sustainability and […]

June 20, 2019

182 – Heather Davis

Your cohosts report on the adventures of Cymene’s birthday week. We then (10:41) revel in the glory of having the most excellent Heather Davis (—co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (London: Open Humanities Press, 2015) and editor of Desire Change: Contemporary Feminist Art in Canada (MAWA and McGill-Queen’s UP, 2017)—from the New […]

June 13, 2019

181 – Nigel Clark

Cymene and Dominic discuss a strange effort to police sugar packet play on this week’s podcast. Then (15:52) we are delighted to welcome Nigel Clark to the conversation. Nigel is Chair of Social Sustainability and Human Geography at Lancaster University ( He is the author of Inhuman Nature: Sociable Life on a Dynamic Planet (2011) and co-editor […]

June 6, 2019

180 – Max Liboiron

It’s a dazzling display of randomness to open this week’s podcast as your co-hosts discuss the Inslee/DNC fracas, writing memoirs in the forest, whether “in the danceline” can sub for “in the pipeline” and then Cymene coins the word “heteropuntal.” Then (18:03) we are very fortunate to welcome Max Liboiron ( to the podcast. Max […]


On this week’s pod, we firstly recall the happy days of After Oil School 2: Solarity. Then (14:31) your co-hosts share their conversation with the amazing Nicole “NicStar” Starosielski (NYU) about about her fascinating new book project Media Hot and Cold,which offers a deep dive into all things thermocultural. We talk with Nicole about how her […]

May 23, 2019

178 – Chris Kelty

Dominic and Cymene talk about HBO’s Chernobyl and discuss whether humans will eventually try to breed chihuahua-scale alligators. Then (18:45) we welcome the multitalented Chris Kelty to the podcast to talk about his forthcoming book, The Participant( and his recent fieldwork on animal control in Los Angeles. Chris explains how the challenge of describing experience is […]