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 […]

Andrea Ballestero on Infrastructure, Sponges, and Aquifers

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016
Andrea Ballestero on Infrastructure, Sponges, and Aquifers

Andrea Ballestero is assistant professor of anthropology at Rice. She looks at the unexpected ethical and technical entanglements through which experts understand water in Latin America. You can learn more about Dr. Ballestero and her work here. Underground water: from infrastructure to sponges An infrastructural turn is haunting academia. The explosion of projects and scholars interested in […]

Maureen Haver on ‘Aeolian Politics’

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015
Maureen Haver on ‘Aeolian Politics’

Aeolian Politics, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, Colorado. Photo credit: Ethnographic Terminalia   Aeolian Politics: Review and Reflections   Viento, bi, wind The north wind whips through, in the streets papers and leaves are chased with resentment. Houses moan, dogs curl into balls. There is something in the afternoon’s finger, a catfish spine, a rusty nail.   Who […]

New Video from the Spring Symposium – Panel B

Posted by on May 26, 2015
New Video from the Spring Symposium – Panel B

Visit our YouTube Channel for video from Panel B: Simon Hogg, Janet Stewart, Damian Hampshire, and Catherine Alexander of the Durham Energy Institute.  

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 […]

Fahad Mustafa’s energy documentary ‘Powerless’ @ 14 Pews, 4/12

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015
Fahad Mustafa’s energy documentary ‘Powerless’ @ 14 Pews, 4/12

Deepti Kakkar and Fahad Mustafa’s documentary Powerless screens at 14 Pews on April 12th. The film deals with conflicts over electricity in the Indian city of Kanpur. Learn more here. 14 Pews is a fantastic art house theatre in The Heights neighborhood of Houston, not least because it serves beer in what was once a church.

Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change and the Future of Cities,” March 9th

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015
Eric Klinenberg, “Climate Change and the Future of Cities,” March 9th

Eric Klinenberg, New York University: “Climate Change and the Future of Cities” March 9th, 2015, 430-6pm at Rice U, Sewall Hall 309 Sponsored by CENHS, the Kinder Institute, and the Department of Sociology The fundamental threat to the human species is our collective inability to reduce our carbon emissions and slow the pace of climate […]

CFP: The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix, May 25-7

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015
CFP: The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix, May 25-7

SENIX Conference in Stockholm on May 25-27, 2015 – The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix. Building the future energy system will meet social and political challenges. This is well acknowledged, but still there is insufficient action to involve the stakeholders needed for transparent and robust decision making by the end users […]

Discuss Houston Recycling with Chris Butler and Brian K. Yeoman, Jan. 15 @ Noon

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015
Discuss Houston Recycling with Chris Butler and Brian K. Yeoman, Jan. 15 @ Noon

CENHS, The Rice Environmental Club, and the Shell Center for Sustainability invite you to a lunchtime talk about recycling in Houston. The event will take place January 15th at 12 noon in the Great Hall. Please RSVP to cenhs@rice.edu for a free lunch, and remember to bring your own container for water. You can find […]

Screening of INTO ETERNITY at 14 Pews

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014
Screening of INTO ETERNITY at 14 Pews

CENHS postdoc Matthew Schneider-Mayerson will introduce and discuss Michael Madsen’s Into Eternity on at 14 Pews theater on Friday, October 17th at 7pm. Madsen’s film has been a recently frequent topic of discussion in the environmental humanities, and CENHS’s previous visiting fellow Professor Karen Pinkus discussed the film in a talk at Rice last year. Learn […]