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, […]

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 […]

Ecohorror – A New Issue of ISLE

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014
Ecohorror – A New Issue of ISLE

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 […]

Artists and Climate Change – A website by Chantal Bilodeau

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014
Artists and Climate Change – A website by Chantal Bilodeau

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 […]

Jeff Kripal’s New Textbook COMPARING RELIGIONS

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014
Jeff Kripal’s New Textbook COMPARING RELIGIONS

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 […]

Molly Glentzer Reports on “Outside the Work” in the Houston Chronicle

Posted by on Mar 29, 2014
Molly Glentzer Reports on “Outside the Work” in the Houston Chronicle

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.  

Cli Fi Noir, From Finland with Foreboding

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013
Cli Fi Noir, From Finland with Foreboding

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 […]

Post-Petroleum Energy Regimes in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013

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 […]