Announcing CENHS’s Energy Humanities Syllabus Archive

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014
Announcing CENHS’s Energy Humanities Syllabus Archive

Pedagogy was a frequent topic during the Third Annual Cultures of Energy Symposium. How to convey to undergraduates the various dimensions of climate change, the complexities of energy transitions, the politics of technology and the affective, social and political aspects of the Anthropocene?  How to simultaneously negotiate the Scylla and Charybdis of paralyzing despair and […]

CENHS Symposium 2014 – Recap

Posted by on May 25, 2014
CENHS Symposium 2014 – Recap

The Third Annual CENHS Spring Symposium – Recap by Trevor Durbin and Derek Woods Photo Credit: Judy Natal The third CENHS symposium was a strong meeting, and our biggest yet. We held the symposium in Rice’s new Bioscience Research Collaborative, which is a useful space for this kind of event. Dominic Boyer and Ellen Grodjesk, […]

To the “Church of Crude”: CENHS Class Tours the Baytown Refinery

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014
To the “Church of Crude”: CENHS Class Tours the Baytown Refinery

As part of the CENHS course “Culture, Energy and the Environment: An Introduction to Energy Humanities,” a group of Rice undergraduates visited ExxonMobil’s Baytown refinery.  These are the reflections of four students. Ben Hoff, Class of 2017, Mechanical Engineering On Thursday, February 6th my classmates and I met at the student center in the middle […]

Graham Harman, “The Concept of Infrastructure,” 2/13 at 4pm

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014
Graham Harman, “The Concept of Infrastructure,” 2/13 at 4pm

Graham Harman is one of the central figures in the philosophical movement that embraces speculative realism and object oriented ontology (OOO). Harman’s ideas have already been influential in the environmental humanities, in science and technology studies, and in the art world. In Harman’s philosophy, objects have agency. OOO is a flat ontology that does not […]