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Marisol de la Cadena

University of California, Davis
Mutant Anthropologies Series: Concepts and Method
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Sewall Hall 570
Professor de la Cadena's work is located at the interface between STS and non-STS, and working through "ontological openings" and the study of politics, multispecies, indigeneity, history and the a-historical world of anthropologies and the anthropologies of worlds.


Joe Dumit
University of California, Davis
Substance as Method
Thursday, March 30, 2017


Natasha Myers
York University
Mutant Anthropologies 2016: Between the Perceptible and Imperceptible: A Sensorial Journey Through the Subterranean
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Sewall Hall 570


Naisargi N. Dave
University of Toronto
On Contradiction: Humans, Animals, and 'The Way Things Are'
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice University


After Biopolitics: 29th Annual (SLSA) The Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference and Art Exhibition
Saturday, May 23, 2015
The BioScience Research Collaborative
Sponsored by the Humanities Research Center, J&S Audio Visual, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, and the Department of English


After Paleofuturism: Retro Presentism
Friday, April 10, 2015


Hugh Raffles
The New School for Liberal Arts, Eugene Lang College
On The Beach: Steps Toward an Anthropology of Stone
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Sewall Hall 307


Deke Weaver and Cary Wolfe
Roadside Kestrel/Wolf
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Biosciences Research Collaborative Building, Suite 202
Please join us for a opening receiption in conjunction with Houston Cinema Arts Festival for "Deke Weaver's new work "Wolf" and tbe video installation videos "Roadside Kestrel" and "Mountain Pine Beetle," Video installations: Roadsie Kestrel, Mountain Pine Beetle by Maria Whiteman. 5:30 p.m.  Saturday, November 15, 2014, Suite 202, Biosciences Research Collaborative Building (corner of Main and Universsity. Reception will be folllowed by a live performane of "Deke Wealer's "Wolf" at the Rice Media Center, 7:00 p.m., with conversation between Deke Weaver and Cary Wolfe to follow. Sponsored by the Houston Cinema Arts Festival and the Center forCritical and Cultural Theory, Rice University and the Department of  Visual and Dramatic Arts.

Bruce Clark, Texas Tech University; Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
Rice English Graduate Symposium: Reconceptualizing Narrative: Structures, Systems, Boundaries
Friday, September 5, 2014
BioScience Research Collaborative
This symposium is genersously sponsored by the Rice Department of English; the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory; the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; and the Graduate Student Association.
For more information, please visit narrativessymposium2014.blogs.rice.edu.
Faculty Website: Symposia Blog


Keith Ansell-Pearson, Visiting Research Fellow, Humanities Research Center, Rice University
Epicurean Lessons in Nietzsche
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Humanities Building 117
Epicurus has been alive in all ages and lives now, unknown to those who have called and call themselves Epicureans, and enjoying no reputation among philosophers. He has, moreover, himself forgotten his own name: it was the heaviest burden he ever cast off (Nietzsche)

In this talk I will explore why Epicurean teaching becomes an important resource for Nietzsche in his middle period writings, including texts such as Dawn (1881) and The Joyful Science (1882).  In these texts Nietzsche is inviting humanity to make the effort to temper emotional and mental excess by relinquishing certain fears, superstitions, and illusions, and so as to establish new modes of living and a new kind of dwelling on the earth. I shall situate Nietzsche’s reception and adoption of aspects of Epicurean teaching in the wider context of an appreciation of his practice of ‘the philosophy of the morning’. In the second part of the talk I will turn to critically examining the concerns over Epicurus that Nietzsche articulates in his later writings, and that are centred on anxieties over contemplation as a way of life and the problem of decadence.   In conclusion I shall show how it is possible to save Epicurus from Nietzsche’s critique.

Faculty Website: Keith Ansell-Pearson