Tom Cohen on oil and visual media

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013
Tom Cohen on oil and visual media

Tom Cohen’s lecture is entitled “Petrolepathy: Notes on ‘Oil’ and Visual Media ” Tom Cohen’s work began in literary theory and cultural politics and traverses a number of disciplines—including cinema studies, digital thought, “deconstruction,” and more recently the contemporary shift of 21st century studies in the era of climate change. He has published broadly on American […]

Marina Zurkow on “Haunting, Enchantment, and Leaky Ecosystems”

Posted by on Oct 10, 2013
Marina Zurkow on “Haunting, Enchantment, and Leaky Ecosystems”

Marina Zurkow is the not only the inaugural speaker for the Rice Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences but her visit inaugurates a CENHS Arts and Media cluster project, “Consumption,” which features a rolling installation of Zurkow’s animation “Mesocosm (Wink, TX)” and “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geological […]

Tim Morton’s New Book Released

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013

CENHS is delighted to announce the release of Professor Morton’s new book, Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. Morton works through readings of Martin Heidegger, Graham Harman, and Jacques Derrida, among others, to build his titular concept. Engaged as it is with the work of artists like Marina Zurkow and JLiat, […]

Rob Hopkins and Jason Roberts to speak at Rice, 8 October 2013

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013
Rob Hopkins and Jason Roberts to speak at Rice, 8 October 2013

For the program and registration, please visit  https://shellcenter.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147484188. This event is co-sponsored by CENHS.

Rice English Symposium on The Environmental Humanities, Sept. 13-14 2013

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013
Rice English Symposium on The Environmental Humanities, Sept. 13-14 2013

This year’s Rice English symposium focuses on the nonhuman and ecological turns in the humanities. Rice graduate students Rodrigo Paula and Larry Butz have organized an excellent schedule, with Clair Colebrook (Penn State) and Timothy Morton (Rice) as keynote speakers. Conference presenters will travel to Rice from across North America, and there are many presenters […]

Houston’s Environmental Challenges, 28 August 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013
Houston’s Environmental Challenges, 28 August 2013 at the Museum of Fine Arts

Panelists will speak on environmental challenges facing Houston’s region over the next 25 years from different perspectives and answer questions from the audience: Environmental Justice: Dr. Robert Bullard Water, Flooding, and Competing Land Uses: Jim Blackburn Urban Growth and Agro-Ecological Infrastructure: Dr. John Jacobs Air Quality and Urban Growth: Larry Soward Moderated by: Thomas Colbert […]

The annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts will focus on the “Postnatural”

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013
The annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts will focus on the “Postnatural”

The theme for this year’s meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts at Notre Dame is the “Postnatural.” This topic is a point of connection between the SLSA and CENHS. In light of recent debates about the concept of the Anthropocene in circles as widely separated as geology and philosophy, meteorology and […]

Edward Burtynksy’s “Oil” on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Posted by on Jul 7, 2013
Edward Burtynksy’s “Oil” on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Edward Burtynsky is best known for his photography of “manufactured landscapes,” and its role in the documentary of that title directed by Jennifer Baichwal. His work focuses on landscapes that have been wholly transformed by industrial activity, like quarries and strip mines, landfills, or the Three Gorges dam in China. The exhibition at the Canadian […]

Melissa Teng and Emily Hughes Report on a Tour of the Exxon Mobil Baytown Refinery

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013
Melissa Teng and Emily Hughes Report on a Tour of the Exxon Mobil Baytown Refinery

Photo courtesy of the Center for Land Use Interpretation. For more on CLUI’s work in Texas, see http://clui.org/page/texas-oil-landscape-industry This tour was organized by Gökçe Günel and Marcel LaFlamme, instructor and TA for a course on the social studies of energy at Rice.   On the morning of  Wednesday April 10th, nine undergraduate students and three instructors […]

Big news: the founding of CENHS

Posted by on May 7, 2013
Big news: the founding of CENHS

A new center at Rice University will merge the fields of the human sciences with energy and environmental research. Conveniently located in the country’s energy capital, Rice’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) will be the world’s first research center that focuses on understanding the relationship among humans, energy and […]