109 – Hannah Knox

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018
109 – Hannah Knox

Dominic and Cymene report on icy Rice and the raw and the cooked. And then (14:47) we speak to our dear friend Hannah Knox from University College London. We start with why Hannah thinks infrastructure has become such a lively area of research in the human sciences. We then turn to Hannah’s recent book, co-authored […]

108 – Steve Mentz

Posted by on Jan 11, 2018
108 – Steve Mentz

Cymene and Dominic talk games and wombs of yore. And then (15:15) we turn to a conversation with the original blue humanist, Steve Mentz from St. John’s University. We start with his recent work, Shipwreck Modernity (U Minnesota Press, 2015) and its effort to pluralize thinking about the Anthropocene. We are introduced to concepts like […]

105 – Sheila Jasanoff

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017
105 – Sheila Jasanoff

On this holiday edition of the Cultures of Energy podcast, Cymene and Dominic discuss redistributions of wealth and what they are looking for in a holiday robot. Then (10:51) we welcome someone who we’ve been dying to talk to for some time—Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard’s Kennedy School of […]

103 – Astrida Neimanis

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017
103 – Astrida Neimanis

Coming to you this week from Kreuzberg, Cymene and Dominic imagine Truman Show Berlin. Then (9:04) we connect to Australia at long last with the help of Astrida Neimanis from the University of Sydney. We talk about her recent book, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology (Bloomsbury, 2017), and her efforts to rethink embodiment and […]

101 – Joe Masco

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017
101 – Joe Masco

Cymene and Dominic explain “trunk cake” and then (9:27) we welcome to the podcast the fabulous Joe Masco, author most recently of Theater of Operations (Duke UP, 2014). The conversation starts with the relationship between affect and knowledge in the U.S. security state and whether Joe thinks biosecurity has maintained its noir character in the […]

It’s Poo Power: How Dairy Cows Could Provide the Electricity of the Future

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017
It’s Poo Power: How Dairy Cows Could Provide the Electricity of the Future

They call it ‘cow power.’ A San Francisco-based company, Sustainable Conservation, wants to use the methane produced from cow manure to provide electricity for mass consumption. California is home to nearly 1,750 California dairy farms and 1.79 million milk cows, and as wonderful as this burgeoning California industry may be, these cows – and others […]

CFP: Science Fiction Studies special issue on “Science Fiction and the Climate Crisis”

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017
CFP: Science Fiction Studies special issue on “Science Fiction and the Climate Crisis”

From the Science Fiction Studies facebook page: “Science Fiction Studies is planning a special issue on “Science Fiction and the Climate Crisis” that we see as part of an urgent and ongoing conversation with colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences. In the energy humanities and other interdisciplinary fields, the climate crisis unfolds […]

Ep. #53 – Jón Gnarr

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017
Ep. #53 – Jón Gnarr

Cymene and Dominic talk about, what else, the future tomorrow will bring. To sprinkle a little comedy on our tragedy, [12:37] Dominic has a chance to catch up with old friend Jón “Houstonsson” Gnarr, famed Icelandic writer, actor, comedian, former mayor of Reykjavík, co-founder of The Best Party, and now part-time Texan. Jón explains why […]

Ep. #50 – Annise Parker

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016
Ep. #50 – Annise Parker

Cymene and Dominic ring out 2016 by sharing a few energy and environment stories you might have missed. Then (22:11) we welcome to the podcast Annise Parker, three term mayor of Houston (2010-2016), now a fellow at Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders. As Houston’s greenest mayor, we reflect on the major environmental accomplishments […]

Ep. #47 – Naomi Oreskes

Posted by on Dec 8, 2016
Ep. #47 – Naomi Oreskes

Cymene and Dominic talk fake news and our alleged ‘post-truth’ condition and then (19:13) we are fortunate enough to welcome to the podcast distinguished Harvard historian of science Naomi Oreskes who—together with her collaborator Erik Conway—has been drawing attention to disinformation campaigns for decades. We talk about their legendary book Merchants of Doubt (http://www.merchantsofdoubt.org) and […]