107 – Michael Watts

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018
107 – Michael Watts

Cymene and Dominic report on the insane fireworks situation in Reykjavík. Then (16:02) Dominic chats with our esteemed energy humanist colleague Michael Watts from UC-Berkeley. Michael explains how he accidently backed in to studying Nigerian petroculture in the 1970s and how he has traced the formation of the Nigerian petrostate from the Biafran war through […]

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 […]

101 – Joe Masco

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017
101 – Joe Masco

Cymene and Dominic explain “trunk cake” and then (9:27) we welcome to the podcast the fabulous Joe Masco, author most recently of Theater of Operations (Duke UP, 2014). The conversation starts with the relationship between affect and knowledge in the U.S. security state and whether Joe thinks biosecurity has maintained its noir character in the […]

CENHS & Standing Rock

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017
CENHS & Standing Rock

As the CENHS Predoctoral Fellows reflected on the past year, we devised a plan to write about our favorite podcast episodes in a blog we posted before the Holidays. As we discussed these episodes together, however, we all felt that one episode—or rather, two—deserved special notice. Standing Rock 1 and Standing Rock 2 offered a […]

Ep. #48 – Douglas Rogers

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016
Ep. #48 – Douglas Rogers

All this Russia hacking talk has Cymene and Dominic thinking about Boris, Natasha, Rocky & Bullwinkle. To set matters straight (12:02) Yale anthropologist Doug Rogers joins us to talk about the intersections of energy, power and culture in Russia. We cover the Russian hacking story and what the American news media gets right and wrong […]

Stephanie LeMenager, “Thinking with Oil and Water,” 2/4

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016
Stephanie LeMenager, “Thinking with Oil and Water,” 2/4

CENHS is proud to present “Thinking With Oil and Water,” a lecture by Professor Stephanie LeMenager. Among other work, Prof. LeMenager is the author of Living Oil: Petroleum Culture and the American Century. Learn more about her work here. Oil and water continue to fashion a productive opposition through which to imagine the value of the Humanities’ contributions to imaginative […]

Paolo Bacigalupi Reading, Nov. 2nd at Rice

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015
Paolo Bacigalupi Reading, Nov. 2nd at Rice

The award-winning science fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi will read in the Rice Chapel on Nov. 2nd at 5:30pm. His books will be on sale at the event courtesy of Brazos Bookstore. Following the reading and discussion, there will be a short book signing.  We are excited to hear from a writer who has been much read, […]

Matthew Huber on Neoliberalism and Centralized Power

Posted by on May 1, 2015
Matthew Huber on Neoliberalism and Centralized Power

Power Politics: Neoliberalism as a Critique of Centralized Power The essence of a competitive market is its impersonal character. No one participant can determine the terms on which other participants shall have access to goods or jobs. All take prices as given by the market and no individual can by himself have more than a […]

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 […]

Petrocultures @ U of A to Receive Major Grant for ‘After Oil’ Project

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015
Petrocultures @ U of A to Receive Major Grant for ‘After Oil’ Project

KIAS research grant will help secure funding for “After Oil” Petrocultures project Part 1 of an in-depth look at the Arts-based KIAS Cluster Grant research projects By Angelique Rodrigues, with files from Carmen Rojas The Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS) marked its fifth anniversary this year with the announcement of a $500,000 research cluster […]