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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Dominic and Cymene discuss Swiss silence and whether soup can be a meal on this week’s podcast. Then (13:53) we sit down with Christoph Rosol and Tom Turnbull, two of the organizers of the baroque and fascinating project of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt ( and the Max Planck Institute for the History of […]



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 […]


We give Mexican President AMLO a piece of our minds on this week’s podcast for doubling down on extractivist petronationalism. Then (15:43) Cymene and Dominic report back from the “Recentering Energy Justice” symposium at UC Santa Barbara, which was the culminating event of UCSB’s Mellon Foundation funded Sawyer Seminar on “Energy Justice in Global Perspective” […]

May 9, 2019

176 – Jason Cons

In a time- and perspective-bending intro segment possibly designed by friend of the pod Chris Nolan, Cymene and Dominic are joined by Jason Cons ( from the University of Texas who helps us to introduce his own interviewin order that we can talk about the impact of last week’s Cyclone Fani on Bangladesh. The news, as […]


Cymene and Dominic talk about homemade treadmills and the virtues of wasting time on this week’s podcast. Then (15:33) we welcome the one and only Kathryn Yusoff, Professor of Inhuman Geography (best job title ever!) at Queen Mary University of London. Her title mojo is virtually unstoppable because her latest book is called A Billion Black […]