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by Dominic Boyer

by Timothy Morton and Dominic Boyer

An Open Access download of the text
is available here

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Russian translation forthcoming with Academic Studies Press.

with George E. Marcus (eds.) Ithaca NY, Cornell University Press, 2021 

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(single authored volume of a collaborative duograph with Cymene Howe) Durham: Duke University Press, 2019

An Open Access download of the text is available at:


 (NSF research report). Houston: Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, 2019


with Imre Szeman (eds.)
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017

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Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013

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Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2007

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  • “Electric Futures on the Road.” (under review at Journal of Architectural Education)

  • “Reinventing Sister Cities for the Anthropocene” (under review at Nature: Cities) (with Cymene Howe).

  • “Less is the New More” (under review at Resilience: A Journal of Environmental Humanities as part of the special issue “Affects of Energy Transition” (eds. T Kahle and V Googasian)

  • “Cascades of Un/becoming: What blackouts reveal about the politics of energy transition” (under review at Science, Technology and Human Values) (with Declan Kuch)

  • “Infrastructural Citizenship and Geosolidarity After Oil” (in press at American Ethnologist as part of the forum, “Citizenship, Solidarity and Futures of Nonbelonging”)

  • “Designs on Glaciers” (in press at Log for a special issue, “The Sixth Sphere”)

  • “The Okjökull Memorial and Geohuman Relations” (in press at Social Anthropology as part of a special issue, “Vital Ice”) (with Cymene Howe)

  • “Death, Anxiety and Fossil Fuels” in Anxiety Culture: The New Global State of Human Affairs, J Allegrante, I Hoinkes, M Schapira and K Struve (eds) Johns Hopkins U Press, 2024. In press.

  • “Degrowth” in Energized: Keywords for a New Politics of Energy and Environment, I Szeman and J Wenzel (eds) West Virginia U Press, 2024. In press.

  • “Aeolian Density” in More or Less Density, S Roesler (ed). MIT Press, 2024. In press.

  • “Meeting Affect Half Way” (with Cymene Howe) in Affect as Cultural Critique, D White (ed). Cambridge UP, 2024. In press.

  • “Response to Adriana Petryna’s Futurities Rethought” Current Anthropology, 2024. In press.

  • “Digital Care: A Response to Lee” Current Anthropology, 2024. In press.

  • “On the Origins of Energy Humanities” (with Imre Szeman) in Teaching Energy Humanities, D Rosenthal and J Molesky (eds.) MLA Press. Under review.

  • “Amphibious Cities” in Climate, Science, and Society: A Primer, Z Baker, T Law, M Vardy and S Zehr (eds.) Routledge Press, 2023.

  • “The Energopolitics of the Russia-Ukraine War.” Geographica Helvetica 78 (part of the forum, “Russia, Europe and the colonial present: the power of everyday geopolitics,” A Vorbrugg and J Bluwstein (eds.), 78, 429–451,, 2023.

  • “Response to Alpa Shah’s Why I Write” Current Anthropology 63(5), 2022.

  • “Houston, a Habitat for Hyposubjects” (with Timothy Morton) CITE: The Architecture and Design Review of Houston 103, 120-123, 2022.

  • “A Whole City on Stilts: Hydraulic Citizenship in Houston” in More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas, LM Johnson and C Beckett (eds.) University of Texas Press, 2022.

  • “Infrastructural Futures in the Ecological Emergency: Gray, Green and Revolutionary.” Special issue of Historical Social Research, “Ruptures, Transformations, Continuities. Rethinking Infrastructures and Ecology,” eds. P Degens, I Hilbrich, & S Lenz) 47(4):48-65, 2022.

  • “Colonialism, Indigeneity and Wind Power in the Anthropocene” (with Cymene Howe) in Altered Earth, JA Thomas and J Zalasiewicz (eds), 130-146. Cambridge University Press, 2022.

  • “Blob” in OIL: Beauty and Terror in the Petrol Age, A Beitin, A Klose, B Steininger (eds). Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, 2021, 90-98.

  • “Interview: The Anthropology of Energy” in Energy Worlds in Experiment, J Maguire, L Watts, and BR Winthereik (eds.) Mattering Press, 2021, 194-208.

  • “Revolution and Revellion: Toward a Solarity Worth Living.” South Atlantic Quarterly. In press.

  • “What is energy humanities and why it matters” (with Cymene Howe) in Boom or Bust?, R Babcock (ed). University of Oklahoma Press. In press.

  • “Memories and Futures of Hydraulic Citizenship in Houston” in More City Than Water: A Houston Flood Atlas, LM Johnson (ed.) In press. 

  • “At the End of Glaciers: Iceland in the Anthropocene” (with Cymene Howe) in Scenes from the Anthropocene, FP McDonald and J Kelly (eds). In press.

  • “Introduction: Collaborative Anthropology Today”  (with George E. Marcus) in Collaborative Anthropology Today: A Collection of Exceptions, D Boyer and GE Marcus (eds.) Cornell University Press. In press.

  • “Hypernormalization, Collaborative Analytics and the Making of “American stiob”” (with Alexei Yurchak)  in Collaborative Anthropology Today: A Collection of Exceptions, D Boyer and GE Marcus (eds.)  Cornell University Press. In press.

  • “An account of the Cultures of Energy podcast as collaboration— offered in podcast form, of course” (with Cymene Howe in Collaborative Anthropology Today: A Collection of Exceptions, D Boyer and GE Marcus (eds.) Cornell University Press. In press.

  • Death of a Glacier (with Cymene Howe). Anthropology News website, April 22, 2020. DOI: 10.1111/AN.1384 

  • Hyperobjects, Hyposubjects and Solidarity in the Anthropocene: Anthropocenes Interview with Timothy Morton and Dominic Boyer Anthropocenes – Human, Inhuman, Posthuman, 1(1), 10. DOI:, May 2020

  • “Verdant Optimism: On how capitalism will never save the world” (with Cymene Howe). Cultural Anthropology Online. 2020.

  •  “Afterword” to Ecological Nostalgias: Affect, Memory and Creativity in the Anthropocene", eds. O Angé and D Berliner. 2020.

  • “Hyposubjects” in Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon, eds. C Howe and A Pandian. New York: Punctum, 233-6. (with Timothy Morton). 2020.

  • Interview with Le foucaldien blog, November 23, 2019

  • “Our Post-Post-Truth Condition.” Berliner Blätter 80(1): 83-90, 2018.

  • Redistributions: From Atmospheric Carbon to Melting Cryospheres to the World Ocean(with Cymene Howe) e-flux. 2018.

  •  “Composing American stiob” in The Composition of Anthropology, M Nielsen and N Rapport (eds.) Routledge, 2018, 156-168.

  • Let’s Do This Together: A Cooperative Vision for Open Access.” Anthro(dendum), June 27, 2018 (with Marcel LaFlamme, Kirsten Bell, Alberto Corsín Jiménez, Christopher Kelty and John Willinsky)

  • “Infrastructure, Potential Energy, Revolution” in The Promise of Infrastructure, N Anand, H Appel, and A Gupta (eds.) Durham: Duke University Press, 2018, 223-243.

  • “Introduction: On the Energy Humanities” (with Imre Szeman) in Energy Humanities: An Anthology, I Szeman and D Boyer (eds.) Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017, 1-13.

  • Aeolian infrastructures, aeolian publics.” Limn 7 , July 2016. (with Cymene Howe)

  • Aeolian extractivism and community wind in Southern Mexico.” Public Culture 28(2):215-235, 2016. (with Cymene Howe)

  • “Energopolitics” In Fueling Culture: Energy, History and Politics, I Szeman (ed.) Fordham University Press, 2016.

  • “Revolutionary Infrastructure” in Infrastructures and Social Complexity, P Harvey, C Bruun Jensen, A Morita (eds.) Routledge, 2016, 174-186.

  • “The Necessity of Being a Writer in Anthropology Today” In The Anthropologist as Writer, H Wulff (ed.) Berghahn, 2016, 21-32.

  • Crisis of Liberalism.” Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, October 27, 2016.

  • “Paradoxical Infrastructures: Ruins, Retrofit, and Risk.” Science, Technology and Human Values 41(3):547-565, 2015. (with Cymene Howe and twelve others)

  • “Anthropology Electric.” Cultural Anthropology 30(4):531-539, 2015.

  • Aeolian Politics.” Distinktion 16 (1):31-48, 2015. (with Cymene Howe)

  • “Introduction: New Methodologies for a Transformed Discipline.” In Theory can be more than it used to be: Learning Anthropology’s Method in a Time of Transition, D Boyer, J Faubion and G Marcus (eds.) Cornell University Press, 2015, 1-11. (with George Marcus)

  • “Portable Analytics and Lateral Theory.” In Theory can be more than it used to be: Learning Anthropology’s Method in a Time of Transition, D Boyer, J Faubion and G Marcus (eds.) Cornell University Press, 2015, 15-38. (with Cymene Howe)

  • “Afterword: On the Need to Reinvent Anthropological Teaching and Training in Theory.” In Theory can be more than it used to be: Learning Anthropology’s Method in a Time of Transition, D Boyer, J Faubion and G Marcus (eds.) Cornell University Press, 2015, 233-240.

  • “Editors’ Introduction: Circles not Pyramids.” Cultural Anthropology 30(1):1-5, 2015 (with James D. Faubion and Cymene Howe)

  • “Wind at the Margins of the State: Autonomy and Renewable Energy Development in Southern Mexico” In Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America, J-A McNeish, A Borchgrevink and O Logan (eds.), Zed Books, 2015, 92-115. (with Cymene Howe and Edith Barrera)

  • “Energy, Anthropology of” In The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, J Wright (ed.), Reed Elsevier, 2015.

  • “Experts and Expertise, Anthropological Approaches to” In The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, J Wright (ed.), Reed Elsevier, 2015.

  • Los márgenes del Estado al viento: autonomía y desarrollo de energías renovables en el sur de MéxicoJournal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, Special Issue, “Energy, Transition and Climate Change in Latin America” 2015. (with Cymene Howe and Edith Barrera).

  • Why An Open-Access Publishing Cooperative Can Work: A Proposal for the AAA’s Journal Portfolio (with Alberto Corsín Jiménez, John Willinsky, Giovanni da Col and Alex Golub) October 20, 2015.

  • Open Access: A Collective Ecology for AAA Publishing in the Digital Age (with Alberto Corsín Jiménez, John Hartigan and Marisol de la Cadena) May 27, 2015.

  • “Reflexivity Reloaded: from anthropology of intellectuals to critique of method to studying sideways” In Anthropology Now and Next: Essays in Honor of Ulf Hannerz, C Garsten, T H Eriksen, S Randeria (eds.) Berghahn, 2014, 91-110.

  • “Paul Radin” In The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Social and Cultural Anthropology, J McGee and R Warms (eds.) Sage, 2014. (with Ian Lowrie)

  • Attack on Titan CENHS YouTube May 6, 2014.

  • On the Anthropology of Infrastructure (with Ian Lowrie) CASTAC blog March 3, 2014.

  • The Rise of Energy Humanities (with Imre Szeman) University Affairs March:40, 2014.

  • Interview with Ulf HannerzPublic Culture 26(1):187-199, 2014.

  • Energopower: An Introduction.Anthropological Quarterly 87(2):309-334, 2014.

  • Simply the Best: Parody and Political Sincerity in Iceland.” American Ethnologist 40(2):276-287, 2013.

  • “On Happiness and Politics: Jón Gnarr’s Best Party (2009-2013).” Perspectives on Europe 42(3):22-28, 2013.

  • “Postcard from Berlin: Rethinking the Juncture of Late Socialism and Late Liberalism in Europe” In The Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964-1985, N Klumbytė and G Sharafutdinova (eds.) Lexington, 2013.

  • Media Anthropology and the Anthropology of MediationIn The ASA Handbook of Social Anthropology, R Fardon (ed.) Sage, 2012.

  • On Business Anthropology Business Anthropology 1(2):251-4, 2012.

  • News Agency and News Mediation.” Social Anthropology 19(1):6-22, 2011.

  • “European Media and the Culture of Europeanness” (with Miklós Sükösd) In Media, Nationalism and European Identities, M Sükösd and K Jakubowicz (eds.) Central European University Press, 2011.

  • The Institutional Transformation of Universities in the Era of Digital InformationIn Making the University Matter, B Zelizer (ed.) Routledge, 2011.

  • “Parody and Sincerity in Western Political Culture. “ In The Democratic Imaginary in the Era of Globalization, C Mendes (ed.) Educam Editora Universitária Candido Mendes, 2011.

  • “Biopower.” In Companion to the Anthropology of the Body and Embodiment, F Mascia-Lees (ed.) Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

  • Energopolitics and the Anthropology of Energy.” Anthropology News May:5,7, 2011.

  • “A tragédia sincera da política americana” Folha de S. Paulo, 9 August 2011: A3.

  • “A Gallery of Prototypes: Ethnographic Terminalia 2010” Visual Anthropology Review 27(1):94-6, 2011.

  •  “Why not Neosocialism? Originally posted February 16, 2010.

  • “What is driving university reform in the age of globalization?” (debate with Elizabeth Rata). Social Anthropology 18(1):74-82, 2010.

  • On the ethics and practice of contemporary social theory: from crisis talk to multiattentional method. Dialectical Anthropology 34(3):305-324, 2010.

  • Divergent Temporalities: On the Division of Labor Between Journalism and AnthropologyAnthropology News April:6,9, 2010.

  •  “Professionalism between Cooperation and Competition.” In Travail Social a l’Epreuve des Coopérations Ouvertes et des Coopération Fermées, H Khabbache (ed.) Fes-Saiss Imprimerie, 2010.

  • From Algos to Autonomos: Nostalgic Eastern Europe as Postimperial Mania.” In Postcommunist Nostalgia, M Todorova and Z Gille (eds.) Berghahn, 2010.

  • American Stiob: Or, what late socialist aesthetics of parody reveal about contemporary political culture in the West Cultural Anthropology 25(2):179-221, 2010. (with Alexei Yurchak)

  • Digital Expertise in Online Journalism (and Anthropology). Anthropological Quarterly 83(1):73-96, 2010.

  • “Making (sense of) News in the Era of Digital Information.” In The Anthropology of News and Journalism: Global Perspectives, SE Bird (ed.) Indiana University Press, 2009.

  • “Thinking through the Anthropology of Experts.” Anthropology in Action, 15(2):38-46, 2008.

  • “Postsocialist Studies, Cultures of Parody and American Stiob” (with Alexei Yurchak) Anthropology News November:8-9, 2008.

  • “Of Dialectical Germans and Dialectical Ethnographers: notes from an engagement with philosophy.” In Ways of Knowing, M Harris (ed.), Berghahn, 2007.

  • Conspiracy, History, and Therapy at a Berlin Stammtisch.” American Ethnologist, 33(3):327-39, 2006.

  • Ostalgie and the Politics of the Future in Eastern Germany.” Public Culture, 18(2):361-381, 2006.

  • Turner’s Anthropology of Media and Its Legacies.” Critique of Anthropology, 26(1):47-60, 2006.

  • Gender and the Solvency of Professionalism: Eastern German Journalism before and after 1989.” East European Politics and Society, 20(1):152-179, 2006.

  • “Introduction: Worlds of Journalism.” Ethnography, 7(1):5-17, 2006. (with Ulf Hannerz)

  • “Introduction to Turner Special Issue.” Critique of Anthropology, 26(1):5-13, 2006. (with Steve Sangren)

  • “Ostalgie – oder die Politik der Zukunft in Ostdeutschland,” transl. O Hall. Deutschland Archiv 39(4):690-703, 2006.

  • “There are Still Thinkers in Germany” in My Idea of the Land of Ideas: How the World Sees Germany, T Sommer (ed.), pp.44-50. Munich: Droemer Verlag, 2006.

  • “Do the Humanities Have to be Useful?” in Do the Humanities Have To Be Useful?, GP Lepage, C Martin, and M Mostafavi (eds.), pp.1-6. Ithaca: Cornell University Office of Publications, 2006.

  • “Welcome to the New Europe.” American Ethnologist 32(4):521-523, 2005.

  • “Visiting Knowledge in Anthropology: An Introduction.” Ethnos 70(2):141-148, 2005.

  • The Corporeality of Expertise.” Ethnos 70(2):243-266, 2005.

  • “Intellectuals and Nationalism: Anthropological Engagements.” Annual Review of Anthropology 34:105-120, 2005. (with Claudio Lomnitz)

  • Censorship as a Vocation: The Institutions, Practices, and Cultural Logic of Media Control in the German Democratic Republic.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 45(3):511-545, 2003.

  • The Medium of Foucault in Anthropology.” The Minnesota Review 58-60:265-272, 2003.

  • The African Crisis in Context: Comparative Encounters with Educational Rationalization.” African Studies Review 45(2):205-218, 2002.

  • “The Impact and Embodiment of Western Expertise in the Restructuring of the Eastern German Media after 1990.” Anthropology of East Europe Review 19(1):77-84, 2001.

  • “Foucault in the Bush. The Social Life of Post-Structuralist Theory in East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg.” Ethnos 66(2):207-236, 2001.

  • Media Markets, Mediating Labors, and the Branding of East German Culture at ‘Super Illu.” Social Text 68(Fall):9-33, 2001.

  • Yellow sand of Berlin Ethnography 2(3):421-439, 2001.

  • On the Sedimentation and Accreditation of Social Knowledges of Difference: Mass Media, Journalism, and the Reproduction of East/West Alterities in Unified Germany.” Cultural Anthropology 15(4):459-491, 2000.

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