Ep. #57 – Timothy Mitchell

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017
Ep. #57 – Timothy Mitchell

Cymene and Dominic take a break from the political chaos and happily nostalgize the 1970s. Then (13:57) to help us better understand what kind of carbon autocracy/democracy we’re living in these days, we welcome to podcast political theorist, historian and zen master of all things carbon, Timothy Mitchell from Columbia University. Tim explains that autocracy […]

Ep. #48 – Douglas Rogers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016
Ep. #48 – Douglas Rogers

All this Russia hacking talk has Cymene and Dominic thinking about Boris, Natasha, Rocky & Bullwinkle. To set matters straight (12:02) Yale anthropologist Doug Rogers joins us to talk about the intersections of energy, power and culture in Russia. We cover the Russian hacking story and what the American news media gets right and wrong […]

Jennifer Kroeger on the HMNS’s Weiss Energy Hall

Posted by on May 20, 2016
Jennifer Kroeger on the HMNS’s Weiss Energy Hall

This year’s environmental studies 202 (culture, energy, and  environment) students visited Wiess Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to learn about the public image of energy in Houston. Check back for more student perspectives on the exhibit. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is home to the Wiess Energy Hall, a maze of interactivity, […]

Announcing Rice’s new ENST minor, administered by CENHS

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015
Announcing Rice’s new ENST minor, administered by CENHS

Starting in 2015, CENHS will administer Rice University’s new minor in Environmental Studies. This shift reflects a new level of participation by the humanities and social sciences in this lively field. For more information about course requirements, please click here. Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores the interconnection between humans, other species and […]

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson reviews three energy books in the American Quarterly

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015
Matthew Schneider-Mayerson reviews three energy books in the American Quarterly

Writing in the American Quarterly, the primary journal of the American Studies Association, former CENHS postdoc Matthew Schneider-Mayerson (now teaching at Yale-NUS college), reviews Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden’s Oil Culture (2014), Stephanie LeMenager’s Living Oil (2014), and Christopher F. Jones’s Routes of Power (2014). He calls for more engagement in american studies with climate change and oil politics, which have so far […]

Call for Papers: Petrocultures 2016, Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015
Call for Papers: Petrocultures 2016, Aug. 31-Sept. 3

Image Credit: Candace Davis Call For Papers Petrocultures 2016: The Offshore Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland August 31 – September 3, 2016 Approximately a third of all oil and gas production takes place offshore, and this proportion is continually increasing as companies push into ever deeper and more remote locations. Oil is sought and extracted from the […]

New Video from the Cultures of Energy Spring Symposium – Panel D

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015
New Video from the Cultures of Energy Spring Symposium – Panel D

Please visit our YouTube channel for talks from David Hughes, Chris Jones, Roy Scranton, and Matthew Huber on the panel “Impasses and Inevitabilities.”

Matthew Huber on Neoliberalism and Centralized Power

Posted by on May 1, 2015
Matthew Huber on Neoliberalism and Centralized Power

Power Politics: Neoliberalism as a Critique of Centralized Power The essence of a competitive market is its impersonal character. No one participant can determine the terms on which other participants shall have access to goods or jobs. All take prices as given by the market and no individual can by himself have more than a […]

Two New Articles on the Alberta Tar Sands and the Politics of Oil

Posted by on May 14, 2014
Two New Articles on the Alberta Tar Sands and the Politics of Oil

The emerging field of energy humanities is featured in the new issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies, published by the University of Toronto Press. CENHS symposium participant Imre Szeman (University of Alberta, English) and Wilfred Greaves (University of Toronto, Political Science) contribute articles on the politics and epistemology of oil in the Alberta tar […]