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, […]
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 […]
A new issue of the journal Interdiscplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment will address eco-horror as a mode and genre–an increasingly lively topic given the attention paid to horror by speculative-realist writers such as Graham Harman, Ben Woodward, Timothy Morton, and Eugene Thacker and their efforts to recuperate H.P. Lovecraft as a ecological writer. Thacker’s book In the […]
Image credit: Issac Cordal A great website recently came up on the list serve for ALECC – The Association for Literature, Environment, and Culture in Canada. Artists and Climate Change gathers contemporary literature, art, and theater that addresses climate change and global warming. Chantal Bilodeau, the site’s author, is one of the people working to address the […]
Jeffrey J. Kripal’s new textbook Comparing Religions is now available from Wiley-Blackwell. CENHS member and professor of Religious Studies at Rice, Kripal participated in the Mellon-Sawyer Cultures of Energy seminar from which the CENHS emerged. Comparing Religions includes a major chapter on religion and nature entitled “Super Natural: Religion and Nature,” which comes directly out of Kripal’s work […]
Press coverage on Marina Zurkow’s excellent artist’s meal “Outside the Work: A Tasting of Hydrocarbons and Geologic Time,” which CENHS hosted last week! Many thanks to Molly Glentzer for her excellent and detailed article.
Antti Tuomainen’s The Healer is set in Helsinki in the near future, perhaps two or three decades from now, but it portrays a world that is hardly recognizable. Finland, like every other European nation, has become a failed state due to the influx of millions of climate migrants, with its own citizens abandoning urban centers […]
While the concept of apocalypse has long been a generative and motivating trope for environmental-minded authors, filmmakers, thinkers, and activists, it has also prevented a certain kind of future-oriented imagination. Unless one is predicting an extinction-level event, or a planet that is literally uninhabitable, the slippery conceptual slope between “catastrophe” and “apocalypse” prevents many authors […]