New Rice Faculty Open Access Book Released with Library Support

Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon

A new book co-edited by Rice anthropology professor Cymene Howe has been published Open Access (OA) with support from Fondren Library.

Anthropocene Unseen: A Lexicon, co-edited by Associate Professor of Anthropology Cymene Howe and Anand Pandian of Johns Hopkins University, was released this month from punctum books. The volume brings together writings and art on 86 keywords with special relevance for the Anthropocene, our present era when humans have an evident and increasingly damaging effect upon the planet.

Thanks to subvention funding from Fondren Library, this book has been published under a Creative Commons license and is free to download in PDF format.

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Fondren Library continues to offer subventions for Rice faculty members to publish their new books in Open Access format. Through the TOME initiative, Fondren can partner with many university presses to release electronic OA versions of books simultaneously with the print versions, thereby widening access to Rice's scholarship. See guidelines for both our book and article subvention programs at


In 2019, these three Rice faculty-authored OA titles were also funded by Fondren Library and published by Duke University Press: