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 […]

Breakdown Break Down: Culture Carrying Us into a Post-Oil World

Posted by on May 20, 2015
Breakdown Break Down: Culture Carrying Us into a Post-Oil World

Image Credit: Edward Burtynsky Breakdown Break Down is a new artist collective devoted to developing post-oil culture. Their account of petrosubjectivity is especially worth a look. “How do we individually and collectively de-industrialize our sense of self and place? “Breakdown Break Down is a long term effort to organize cultural workers, artists, activists, and those interested in […]

CENHS Symposium 2015, April 16-18: Poster, Schedule, Abstracts

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015
CENHS Symposium 2015, April 16-18: Poster, Schedule, Abstracts

View the poster and schedule here! Abstracts below (in alphabetical order by author): Catherine Alexander (Durham U) “Cleaning up and moving on: Kazakhstan’s nuclear renaissance” A huge territory in north-eastern Kazakhstan was used as the main Soviet nuclear bomb test site. Legacies from this period are disputed, as is what should be done about them. At […]

Ian Garrett on Sustainability in the Arts, March 26th at 7pm

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015
Ian Garrett on Sustainability in the Arts, March 26th at 7pm

Ian Garrett “Arts, the Environment and Sustainability in the Near Future” March 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Hamman Hall (Reception to Follow Talk) Sponsored by the Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts, Rice School of Architecture, Humanities Research Center, Center for Energy & Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) BA, Rice University, Architectural Studies and Art History MFA, […]

CFP: Energies and the Arts Conference

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014
CFP: Energies and the Arts Conference

Conference on ‘Energies and the Arts’ next Fall in Australia: Energies and the Arts Conference Presented by National Institute for Experimental Arts in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia 13-15 August 2015 Energy often serves as a word-when-lost-for-words to describe situations of great intensity, or to describe something that fuses disparate elements or is […]

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 […]

Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014
Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time

Next Thursday, Marina Zurkow returns to Rice to curate “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time.” Her mysterious meal will be the culmination of the Energy Arts cluster’s focus on Zurkow’s work, which started with her talk in October, and continued with rolling installations of “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” around campus, in locations […]

REMINDER: Conference on 19th Century Energies, March 27-30

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014
REMINDER: Conference on 19th Century Energies, March 27-30

The conference theme is “Nineteenth-Century Energies,” which integrates a wide range of nineteenth-century ideas, practices, and beliefs.  To prompt your thinking further, please see our Call For Proposals. INCS 2014 will be held at the Hotel Zaza, a stylish boutique hotel in the heart of Houston’s museum district, within walking distance of the Museum of Fine Arts, […]

Marxist Literary Group Conference: Energy, Env., Culture – June 13 – 17

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014
Marxist Literary Group Conference: Energy, Env., Culture – June 13 – 17

The Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society: The Banff Centre for the Arts—June 13-17, 2014 The Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society (ICS) invites the submission of papers on topics related to Marxism, critical theory, and Marxist views of literature. Submissions are welcome from all humanities and social scientific perspectives. Full submission details can be found […]

Karen Pinkus to Lead a Seminar on “Cultures of Fuel”

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014
Karen Pinkus to Lead a Seminar on “Cultures of Fuel”

CENHS welcomes Karen Pinkus to Rice. Dr. Pinkus, a leading scholar in romance studies and the environmental humanities, is the CENHS senior research fellow for Spring 2014. Among other energy and environment related projects, Dr. Pinkus is at work on a book about fuel and the the distinction between fuel and energy. She is also editing […]