Author: Katie Ulrich

The Work it Takes to Stop Working: Productivity in Labs and Sugarcane

Katie Ulrich , November 10th, 2020

In spring of 2020, thousands of scientific labs across several continents shut down. What was deemed “non-essential” research was ramped down and/or paused in an effort to stop…


Extraction Syllabus: A CENHS Fellows Interdisciplinary Project

Katie Ulrich , February 7th, 2020

Last year, leading up to the 2019 Cultures of Energy symposium, the CENHS pre-doctoral fellows (Paul Burch, Joe Carson, Mel Ford, Sherry Ya-Yun Kao, Gebby Keny, Kevin MacDonnell,…

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Cultures of Energy 8: Schedule of Events

Katie Ulrich , March 22nd, 2019

We are thrilled to announce the schedule for Cultures of Energy 8, taking place Thursday, April 11 to Saturday, April 13, 2019. Unless otherwise indicated, all events will…

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Waste: Now + Next Symposium, 2/1/19, Rice University Moody Center

Katie Ulrich , January 30th, 2019

The 2018-19 Rice Seminar, Waste: Now + Next, presents its second symposium featuring speakers Jennifer Gabrys, Fabrice Monteiro, Michelle Murphy, Rachele Dini, Allison Turner, Jason Moore, and Kali…

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The Cultures of Energy Podcast: 2018 Year in Review

Katie Ulrich , December 30th, 2018

Launched in December 2015 by Rice University’s Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe, the Cultures of Energy podcast has since featured over 150 episodes with a diverse range of activists, historians,…

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Launching the Twitter Climate Humanities List

Katie Ulrich , December 5th, 2018

CENHS is pleased to announce the launch of a Twitter list gathering a wide range of humanists who study climate: the Climate Humanities list. This list broadly includes…

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Sugar Cane in Bolsonaro’s Brazil

Katie Ulrich , November 13th, 2018

When now Brazilian president-elect Jair Bolsonaro promised during his campaign to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, putting development ahead of environmental protection, many in the agribusines…


New Materialism, Environmental Justice, and Digital Sites of Resistance: Figuring the Cyborg Activist

Katie Ulrich , September 4th, 2018

Below is a shortened version of Annie Culver’s essay that won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Annie is a PhD student in English at Rice…

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Assessing Solar and Wind Complementarity in Texas: A 2018 Greene Prize Excerpt

Katie Ulrich , August 18th, 2018

Below is an excerpt from Rice undergraduate student Joanna Slusarewicz’s winning essay for the 2018 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Endowed by the family of alumnus David Greene (’93),…

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CENHS @ Rice U. researchers’ documentary on melting glacier to premiere Aug. 17 in Iceland

Katie Ulrich , August 1st, 2018

HOUSTON – (July 30, 2018) – A new documentary film produced by Rice University anthropologists about what was one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland will premiere Aug. 17…

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Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Katie Ulrich , April 3rd, 2018

Puig de la Bellacasa, María. Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017. 280 pp. María Puig de la Bellacasa’s…

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Book Review: Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, eds. Tsing, Swanson, Gan, and Bubandt

Katie Ulrich , January 17th, 2018

Tsing, Anna, Heather Swanson, Elaine Gan, and Nils Bubandt, eds. Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet: Ghosts and Monsters of the Anthropocene. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017….

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