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Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award Call for Submissions

The Cushing Memorial Library & Archives and Thethe Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research invite applications for the 2015 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award. This graduate research award is open to Texas A&M University graduate students in good standing. It supports projects in the humanities that are based on collections housed at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives. One or two awards of up to $2,000 each will be made.Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee and judged in part on their effective use of materials housed at Cushing. Recipients are expected tomust spend at least one month in residence at Cushing Library between June 1 and August 31, 2015, and they must deliver a conference-style presentation on their projects during the fall semester of 2015. A written copy of the project must be deposited in the Glasscock Center Library.Deadline for applications is Monday, March 30, 2015.Applications should be no longer than three single spaced pages, and they must contain the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address;
  • Applicant’s major degree and department;
  • Names of applicant’s department chair and committee chair;
  • Applicant’s expected graduation date;
  • Proposed project title;
  • A statement describing the nature of the applicant’s research, its relationship to the humanities, and the materials at Cushing that will support the research;
  • A tentative bibliography of Cushing materials.

Submit applications via email to David Z. Chroust (d-chroust@library.tamu.edu) in the form of an attached MS Word file or PDF or to:

Cushing-Glasscock Humanities Research Award
c/o David Z. Chroust
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Texas A&M University
TAMU 5000
College Station, TX 77843-5000


Please note that a No-Repeat Rule applies:

  1. No one may receive more than one award in any three-year period.
  2. If a graduate student who has won the Cushing-Glasscock Award submits another proposal after the three-year period has passed, the new project must be significantly different from the previous one.

 

Questions about papers and research can be directed to David Z. Chroust at 979-845-1951 and d-chroust@library.tamu.edu.

Raúl Coronado Receives the Sixteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University has awarded the Sixteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, for his book A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture, published by the Harvard University Press in 2013.

Professor Coronado writes about and teaches Latina/o literary and intellectual history from the colonial period to the 1940s. He sees this period as forcing a disintegration in the Americas in which the seemingly impermeable barrier between U.S. and Latin American literary and intellectual history begins a reimagination into U.S. Latina/o studies. This is done through a transnational hemispheric framework, readings of political theories, diaries, and a wide variety of print cultures that circulate in Mexico and Texas throughout mostly the nineteenth century.

Coronado’s interdisciplinary framework draws from sociologist Jürgen Habermas’ conception of the public sphere to show how a Spanish-American public sphere emerges.  The author also incorporates the philosophical traditions of Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger to show how the Latino writers in Coronado’s study provided a new source of metaphysical certainty in this region. Drawing from these intellectual traditions, Coronado provides a well-documented argument of how diverse groups and historical circumstances (e.g., politics and expanding markets) contributed to the conception of modernity in this region. One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is Coronado’s skillful use of archival data to show that the ideas historical figures write about rarely produce what they intend. Instead, their primary contributions are to the larger historical narrative that is greater than their individual contributions. A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture changes how we view both the project of modernity and the contributions Latino cultures made to that project.

Professor Coronado will receive the award and present a lecture on Wednesday, 28 January 2015, at 4 p.m. in the Glasscock Center Library, Room 311 of the Glasscock Building on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship was endowed in December 2000 by Melbern G. Glasscock, Texas A&M University Class of ’59, in honor of his wife.  Together, among many other generous gifts to Texas A&M University, they provided a naming endowment for the Center
in 2002.

For more information about the Glasscock Book Prize, previous recipients, and other events and opportunities offered through the Glasscock Center, see http://glasscock.tamu.edu.

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From The Eagle 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 12:00 a.m.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey challenged creative writers and performers at Texas A&M to see themselves as pieces of history.

As part of her two-day stop as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M for the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Trethewey held a Q&A workshop and a poetry reading that offered insight into how she incorporates her Mississippi upbringing and her grandmother’s Jim Crow-era stories into Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry that landed her among the ranks of famous American poets like Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Kay Ryan and Robert Penn Warren.

Read the full article here.

Announcement and Call for Interest for “Making Sense: handwriting and print” Symposium

We write to announce our planned symposium “Making Sense: handwriting and print,” which will be held 17-18 October 2014.

This two-day symposium will explore the ways handwriting, print, and the body work together to make sense, intellectually and physically. Today, we often hear debates about whether the printed page will become an outmoded technology replaced by the digital, supposedly in the same way that print replaced handwriting. Historically, however, handwriting and print have shaped each other, and usually involve working in a variety of media; Aldus Manutius (1449-1515), for example, based the font he used on his 1503 edition of Virgil on his own italic writing, while the double-column format, the red letter highlights, and the enlarged capital letters that start chapters in many modern Bibles continue the conventions used in medieval manuscripts. Even today’s electronic texts that are “born digital” rely on multiple conventions and techniques borrowed from both handwriting and print to make sense to the viewer/reader visually, emotionally, and intellectually.

The task of this symposium is to bring together a variety of practitioners of contemporary book arts and scholars of handwriting, print, and textual production to think about the many ways that media work together, whether in cooperation or in competition for our attention. Our goal is to complicate the too-simple understanding of new media based an idea of “replacement” by looking historically, interdisciplinarily, and cross-culturally at the many ways in which media interact. “Making Sense” will bring together six experts–including creators and designers at work in multiple media as well as scholars of paleography, graphic novels, and British, American, and Japanese literatures–to present plenary addresses. (See brief descriptions of our invited speakers below.)

We are also planning two roundtable sessions showcasing work being done at Texas A&M that intersects with the symposium topic. Roundtable participants will make brief presentations highlighting key elements in their research, followed by open discussion of shared questions and concerns with audience and guest speakers. We invite faculty, staff, and graduate students who would like to make 8-minute roundtable presentations to let us know of their interest by submitting a working title and brief description, not to exceed 250 words. Please send these by 31 May to any one of us; contact us with queries at any time.

Margaret J.M. Ezell, Department of English
Mary Ann O’Farrell, Department of English
Todd Samuelson, Cushing Library


“Making Sense: handwriting and print”
A symposium at Texas A&M University
17-18 October 2014

INVITED SPEAKERS
Dr. John Bidwell — Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings, Morgan Library & Museum, New York, N.Y. He has published extensively on American papermaking and nineteenth-century book arts and is presently curating an exhibition of Henri Matisse’s illustrations of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Dr. Vera Camden — Professor of English at Kent State and Clinical Assistant Professor Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. In addition to publications on seventeenth-century English spiritual narratives, she works on contemporary “auto-graphic” narratives by writers/artists including Alison Bechdel.

Dr. Ellen Gruber Garvey — Professor of English, New Jersey City University Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (2013) which looks at making meaning through scrapbooking by women and African Americans during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Dr. J. Keith Vincent — Toyota Visiting Professor, University of Michigan and Associate Professor of Japanese, Boston University. Author of Two-Timing Modernity: Homosocial Narrative in Modern Japanese Fiction (2012), he translated the Lacanian critic Saito Tamaki’s study of Japanese anime and “otaku” culture, Beautiful Fighting Girl (2011), and is working on a study of the early twentieth century genre of literary sketching called “shaseibun.”

Julian Waters — calligrapher and type designer, he has designed alphabets for Adobe, custom lettering for Barry Moser’s Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, logos for the US Postal Service, and was the typographic advisor to Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Dr. Heather Wolfe — Curator of Manuscripts, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. She has edited multiple volumes focusing on early modern English handwritten texts, including The Pen’s Excellencie (2002) and “hybrid books,” personalize mixtures of print texts and handwritten ones, The Trevelyon Miscellany of 1608 (2007).

Glasscock Center Announces Internal Faculty Residential Fellows for 2014-15

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has named four recipients of Glasscock Internal Faculty Residency Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year. Recipients of the four annually awarded fellowships receive a one-course teaching release in the fall or spring semester of the fellowship year, a $1,000 research bursary, and an office in the Glasscock Center for the fellowship semester. These fellows will present and participate in the Faculty Colloquium Series during their fellowship semester.

Olga Dror is an associate professor in the Department of History. While in residence during the spring 2015 semester, Professor Dror will work on her monograph Raising Vietnamese: Youth Identities in North and South Vietnam during the War (1965-1975). This book considers the war-time problem of preserving Vietnamese identity in a new generation in a country flooded not only with foreign soldiers but also with foreign culture. It also poses a broader question about the importance of identifying who or what was considered an enemy of the Vietnamese. While youth are important for any society, their often unacknowledged role increases when a society is under stress, as it is through their participation in the present that the future is made. Consequently, bringing children into historical analysis is a way to understand what is most important in how adults think of the possibilities of their own lives. Professor Dror’s examination of youth identities during war time Vietnam will fill a significant gap in the pre-existing literature, offering new perspectives on the impact of American culture and the war on Vietnamese national identity.

Susan Egenolf is an associate professor in the Department of English. During her fall 2014 semester residence, Professor Egenolf will complete her monograph Josiah Wedgwood and the Cultivation of Romantic Taste. This book examines the contributions of Josiah Wedgwood, a master potter and entrepreneur, to the construction of late-eighteenth century and early nineteenth century aesthetics, and it argues that Wedgwood’s wares and his methods of marketing them influence the rise of neo-classicism and notions of the picturesque in British literature and art. The argument of this project depends heavily on illuminating the cultural and political contexts of Wedgwood’s life and work by uncovering specific historical details and artifacts related to that work, and this interdisciplinary study employs aesthetic theory, thing theory, gift theory, and art history to frame that argument. In the field of eighteenth century studies, this book will be the first extended study of the symbiotic relationship between Wedgwood’s methods and products and the literary productions of the late eighteen century.

Linda Radzik is a professor in the Department of Philosophy. During her spring 2015 semester residence at the Glasscock Center, Professor Radzik will finish her monograph, titled Moral Bystanders: On the Social Enforcement of Morality, which focuses on a common set of moral problems in order to explore deeper issues about the nature of responsibility and the meaning of community. The problem centers around a particular character—the moral bystander—who witnesses a wrongful act. While the moral bystander judges the act to be wrong, she is neither the perpetrator nor the victim, and she has no authority with regard to the situation. What should she do? What is she permitted to do? What might she be required to do? Using the standard methodology of analytic moral theory, Professor’s Radzik’s work poses a challenge to prevailing views about moral responsibility, and suggests that many of our practices for holding one another responsible are neither well understood nor justified. By considering the justification of informal, social forms of punishment and systematically addressing the role played by third parties to conflicts, this book will contribute in new ways to the literature on the issues that arise in the aftermath of wrongdoing.

Shelley Wachsmann is a professor in the Department of Anthropology. While in residence in the spring 2015 semester, Professor Wachsmann will continue researching and editing a book-length final excavation report on his work at Tantura Lagoon, Israel. This site and its surroundings have been inhabited almost continually for the past 4,000 years, and it has proven to be an ideal environment for shipwreck archaeology of the ancient world. The report, titled Dor/Tantura Lagoon: The Ancient & Medieval History of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea Written in Shipwrecks, will detail the findings of three extensive seasons of underwater exploration in Tantura Lagoon. The book-length report is envisioned as an innovative hybrid excavation report that will include a book linked to an open-access companion website allowing readers to explore the wrecks and artifacts in situ on their computers. This book will contribute significantly to our knowledge of Mediterranean history and archaeology, particularly during the critical period of the mid-first millennium AD.

The Glasscock Internal Faculty Residency Fellows will discuss work completed during the fellowship in the Glasscock Center’s Morning Coffee Hour in in the 2015-16 academic year. The Glasscock Center accepts applications for Glasscock Internal Faculty Residency Fellowships each spring semester. Applications will be accepted again in spring 2015 for the 2015-2016 academic year. For further information visit http://glasscock.tamu.edu/grants-funding or contact the Glasscock Center at glasscock@tamu.edu or (979) 845-8328.

Glasscock Center is Hiring Undergraduate Apprentices

The Glasscock Center is currently hiring undergraduate apprentices.  In addition to assisting with routine office tasks, apprentices are included in activities such as social events with visiting scholars, are encouraged to participate in the Center’s sponsored events as part of their work for the Center, and serve as liaisons with the undergraduate community on campus. Apprentices are encouraged to suggest programs, activities, projects, and funding opportunities that will benefit undergraduates. The Center’s staff is committed to involving the apprentices in the workings of the Center.

The Glasscock Center has three types of Undergraduate Apprentice positions. For more information about each position, please visit
http://glasscock.tamu.edu/grants-funding/glasscock-center-undergraduate-apprentices

Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award Call for Submissions

The Cushing Memorial Library & Archives and The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research invite applications for the 2014 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award. This graduate research award is open to Texas A&M University graduate students in good standing. It supports projects in the humanities that are based on collections housed at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives. One or two awards of up to $2,000 each will be made.

Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee and judged in part on their effective use of materials housed at Cushing. Recipients are expected to spend at least one month in residence at Cushing Library between 1 June and 31 August 2014, and they must deliver a short presentation on their projects during the fall semester of 2014. A written copy of the project must be deposited in the Glasscock Center Libraryand Cushing Memorial Library & Archives.

Deadline for applications is 25 March 2014.

Applications should be no longer than three single spaced pages, and they must contain the following information:

  • Applicant’s name, address, phone number and email address;
  • Applicant’s major degree and department;
  • Names of applicant’s department chair and committee chair;
  • Applicant’s expected graduation date;
  • Proposed project title;
  • A statement describing the nature of the applicant’s research, its relationship to the humanities, and the materials at Cushing that will support the research;
  • A tentative bibliography of Cushing materials.

Submit applications via email to Rebecca Hankins (rhankins@tamu.edu) in the form of an attached MS Word file or PDF (preferred) or to:

Cushing-Glasscock Humanities Research Award
c/o Rebecca Hankins
Cushing Memorial Library & Archives
Texas A&M University
TAMU 5000
College Station, TX 77843-5000

Please note that a No-Repeat Rule applies:

  • No one may receive more than one award in any three-year period.
  • If a graduate student who has won the Cushing-Glasscock Award submits another proposal after the three-year period has passed, the new project must be significantly different from the previous one.

Questions about papers and research can be directed to Rebecca Hankins at 979-845-1951 and rhankins@tamu.edu. We welcome your interest!

Digital Humanities Faculty Candidate Presentation

Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC) will host a faculty candidate presentation on Thursday, 30 January 2014 at 11 a.m. in 302 H.R. Bright Building. Dr. Bruce Gooch is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.  He is currently working on two digital humanities projects. The first, Weird Fiction, is an iPad-based anthology of the works of H.P. Lovecraft that contains criticism, artwork, photographs and audio. The second, Blooms Walk, is an iPad-based walking tour of Dublin featuring all of the places that the character Bloom visits in Joyces Ulysses along with criticism, interactive maps and a unique photo app.

Flyer PDF

Announcement of Faculty Fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center

The Stanford Humanities Center announces its call for applications for External Faculty Fellowships.

External Faculty Fellowships
The Stanford Humanities Center provides a collegial environment for faculty who are undertaking innovative projects in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.  Fellows participate in the intellectual life of the Humanities Center and the broader Stanford community, sharing ideas and work in progress with a diverse cohort of scholars and benefitting from a wide variety of campus resources.

Fellowship term: September 2014 – June 2015
Application deadline: October 1, 2013

Eligibility
Applicants must have a PhD and be at least three years beyond receipt of the degree by the start of the fellowship term. The Center is open to projects employing information technology in humanities research.

For full eligibility requirements, see http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/

How to Apply
Detailed instructions and a link to the online application are available at: http://shc.stanford.edu/fellowships/non-stanford-faculty/

External Faculty inquiries: shc-fellowships@stanford.edu

2013-14 Internal Faculty Fellows in Residence at the Glasscock Center

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has named four recipients of Glasscock Internal Faculty Residency Fellowship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Recipients of the four annually awarded fellowships receive a one-course teaching release in the fall or spring semester of the fellowship year, a $1,000 research bursary, and an office in the Glasscock Center for the fellowship semester. These fellows will present and participate in the Faculty Colloquium Series during their fellowship semester.

Brian McAllister Linn is a professor in the Department of History. He will be in residence at the Glasscock Center during the fall 2013 semester.  Professor Linn will pursue the research topic “From Davy Crockett to GI Blues: Elvis Meets the Atomic Army,” culminating in the first scholarly monograph on the US Army’s social and military “transformation” in the early Cold War. The book, Elvis’s Army: Creating the Atomic Soldier, under contract with Harvard University Press, connects traditional military history with the humanities’ focus on social-cultural factors, while exploring two major questions. The first is how the Army responded to the post-World War II national defense environment, and in particular to the challenges of nuclear weapons, international commitments, personnel turbulence, and the Soviet military threat. The second question is why and how the Army became the “school of the nation,” teaching not only military skills, but also providing educational and technical skills that would improve GI’s lives once they left the service. Elvis Presley’s life provides a prime example through which to interrogate these questions, as he personified both military and social transformation processes. Professor Linn’s research is an innovative and unique effort to combine military and social history that will have important implications for both fields.

Stefanie Harris, associate professor in the Department of International Studies, will work on her bookDeveloping Stories: Photography in Postwar German Fiction during her fall 2013 residency at the Glasscock Center. This project examines the depiction of photography and photographic practices in German and Austrian literature to show the interrelation of media practices, literary aesthetics, and the representation of social and individual memory. Following a theoretical introduction, the book is structured chronologically, grouping authors according to the privileged site of the photographic triad: the subject of the photograph, the photographer, and the viewer of the photograph. Rather than a survey of post-war fiction that takes up photography thematically, the temporal framework Harris employs serves to situate the aesthetic, formal, and theoretical concerns of successive generations of writers within specific socio-political contexts. The project engages critical questions defining the field of contemporary German studies: the construction of personal and national identity, the problem of historiography, and the relationship between literature and other media. Although these areas are usually explored individually, Professor Harris’ work shows how these questions are in fact intimately connected. Although the book will focus almost exclusively on German and Austrian fiction of the postwar era, this interdisciplinary study will make a significant contribution to understanding how images shape cultural awareness and the narrative construction of social histories and national identity.

Wendy Leo Moore is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. She will be in residence during the spring 2014 semester. Professor Moore will examine the premise of a post-civil rights formal equality, the emergence of a radically transformed legal structure. The still-existing deep structural racial inequality present in the United States has sparked a multitude of discussions and debates, all underpinned by one consistent theme: the post-civil rights era is a new legal era characterized by “formal legal equality.” This ideology suggests that legal changes occurring in the late 1950s and 1960s fundamentally transformed the United States legal structure—altering it from one that legally sanctioned racial inequality to one that provided equality under the law for all individuals regardless of race. Through a critical discourse and frame analysis of the Supreme Court’s case law on race and racial (in)equality, Moore’s work examines the racialized narratives and legal frames of the Court in connection to structural racial inequality. Informed by both the theoretical interventions in race scholarship and methods of critical discourse analysis emerging from the work of social theorist Michel Foucault, her method of analysis connects race discourse and the racial structure. Her research illuminates the process by which the United States Supreme Court has facilitated the legal maintenance of white domination. Interdisciplinary in character, this research combines critical race theory, literary theory, critical legal studies and social scientific research on racial hierarchy to illuminate the process of what legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw has called racial retrenchment in the post-civil rights era. Through this process Moore both challenges contemporary assumptions about formal legal equality and provides a new frame for interrogating the role of law in the reproduction of racial inequality in a democratic society.

Nancy Klein, associate professor in the Department of Architecture, conducts research on “Sacred Architecture on the Acropolis of Athens” during her residency in spring 2014. Her research project examines the pre-classical architecture of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece, and its role in defining religious identity and constructed memory both in the past and present. Our modern view of the Acropolis is focused on the temple of Athena Parthenos, built under the leadership of the Athenian statesman Pericles in the fifth century BC. In the early nineteenth century AD, the fledgling country of Greece devoted itself to establishing a national identity that reflected its classical heritage. The Acropolis of Athens was central to this vision and became a symbol of the birthplace of democracy and the humanistic arts. This constructed identity served Greece; however, it also eclipses thousands of years of human activity before and after the Parthenon. In the nineteenth century, efforts to free the classical monuments of the Acropolis from the overburden of later history saw the removal of many post-classical buildings and an excavation from modern ground levels to bedrock, which also resulted in the discovery of thousands of fragments of architecture, sculpture, pottery, and small finds from the early history of the Acropolis. Although earlier scholars examined architectural elements and assigned them to distinct structures, they published a small percentage of the extant elements, illustrated even fewer, and rarely considered larger questions about architecture and social identity. Dr. Klein has examined hundreds of blocks and fragments and made detailed observations on the characteristics of each one, which allows her to answer questions not only about individual buildings, but also about the development of monumental architecture in the service of religious faith and the history of the sanctuary on the Acropolis. Klein’s preliminary conclusions indicate that the rebuilding of the Acropolis by Pericles was also an expression of constructed memory. The classical replacements of damaged or redundant buildings can be seen as “counter-iconoclasm” because they supplanted the standing ruins, they replaced what was no longer completely present, and ultimately suppressed the memory of the damage done to the sanctuary. But the display of architectural elements from temples destroyed by the Persians in the north wall of the Acropolis overlooking the city was intended to serve as “the imprint or drawing in us of things felt,” a definition of memory offered by Aristotle, and as a rallying point for prosecuting the war against the Persians and subsequently rebuilding the Acropolis.

The Glasscock Internal Faculty Residency Fellows will discuss work completed during the fellowship in the Glasscock Center’s Morning Coffee Hour in in the 2014-15 academic year. The Glasscock Center accepts applications for Glasscock Internal Faculty Residency Fellowships each spring semester. Applications will be accepted again spring 2014 for the 2014-2015 academic year. For further information visit glasscock.tamu.edu/grants-funding or contact the Glasscock Center at glasscock@tamu.edu or (979) 845-8328.