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 […]

106 – Macarena Gómez-Barris

Posted by on Dec 28, 2017
106 – Macarena Gómez-Barris

Cymene and Dominic kick off the last podcast of 2017 with an emotional year in review; there is talk of resolutions for 2018 and then Cym informs the world about what it’s like to be in a float cabin that’s a little too cold. We are then (18:03) so happy to share our last 2017 […]

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 […]

Energy Humanities 2016-18 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015
Energy Humanities 2016-18 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

The Humanities Research Center, in collaboration with the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), will host a two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship at Rice University for outstanding junior scholars in the emergent field of energy humanities. The program is designed to encourage interdisciplinary teaching and research, facilitate new research communities at […]

Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015
Spring 2016: FWIS 143 – Sustainability in America

 Instructor: Abby Goode What do we mean when we use the term “sustainability”? What kinds of concepts and patterns of thought are we invoking and where do they come from? What, exactly, are we aiming to sustain? In this course, we will analyze the roots of sustainability in American literature, history, and popular culture. Identifying […]

Abby Goode on “Eugenic Sustainability,” Nov. 6 @ 1:30 pm Sewall 309

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015
Abby Goode on “Eugenic Sustainability,” Nov. 6 @ 1:30 pm Sewall 309

This talk is part of the English Graduate Fellows Lecture Series. “Eugenic Sustainability” features key readings from Abby’s dissertation, “Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability.” This project argues that sustainability, widely regarded as a contemporary concept, emerged from a “New World” fantasy of demographic and agricultural abundance. Developing this fantasy as a racial and eugenic ideal, […]

CFP: Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015
CFP: Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time

Call for Papers: Unexpected Encounters with Deep Time: Enchantment Thursday, 26th November 2015 Andrew Grant Lecture Theatre, Evolution House, West Port, Edinburgh College of Art Organised by the Edinburgh Environmental Humanities Network Earlier this year the discovery of homo naledi propelled enchantment into a framework of deep time. The speculation is that early human ancestors, perhaps from as […]

Animal Studies Symposium at Strathclyde, May 2016

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015
Animal Studies Symposium at Strathclyde, May 2016

With funding from the AHRC, the University of Strathclyde is hosting an invitation-only Postgraduate Symposium titled ‘Being Interdisciplinary in Animal Studies’ on 18 and 19 May 2016. The symposium will be held in Central Glasgow over two days, just before the next British Animal Studies Network meeting (‘Smelling’, on 20 and 21 May), and will […]

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 […]