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On the Offensive: The Global Advance of Intolerance in Democratic Politics

Cherian George | Associate Professor, Journalism Department, Hong Kong Baptist University

Tuesday, 7 February 2017, 5-6:30 p.m. 
Location: Memorial Student Center 2404

The giving and taking of offense are key strategies in identity politics worldwide, undermining the culture of tolerance required for democratic life. Cherian George’s talk examines the dynamics of “hate spin,” comparing in particular the experience of the world’s three largest democracies—India, the United States, and Indonesia—to understand how hate propaganda is used in politics and how societies should respond. It draws on George’s new book, Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and its Threat to Democracy (MIT Press, 2016), which Publishers Weekly named to its list of Best Books 2016 .

Cherian George is an Associate Professor in the Journalism Department of Hong Kong Baptist University, where he also serves as director of the Centre for Media and Communication Research. His research interests focus on freedom of expression, especially in connection to journalism and public discourse.
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This is a related event to the Carrol O. Buttrill ’38 Endowed Fund for Ethics events held by the Glasscock Center on 8 and 9 February 2017.

Call for Roundtable Participants: Victorian Intimacies

Call for Roundtable Participants    
Victorian Intimacies
A Symposium co-sponsored by The Critical Childhood Studies Working Group, The New Modern British Studies Working Group, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, and the Department of English, Texas A&M University
February 16, 2016

Organizers:  Susan Egenolf, Lucia Hodgson, Emily Johansen, Claudia Nelson

This one-day symposium features two keynote speakers whose work explores and troubles the concept of “Victorian intimacies.”  In addition to their talks, we plan a roundtable discussion at which six TAMU faculty and graduate students will showcase their own work relating to this area.  We invite proposals for 8- to 10-minute roundtable presentations on any aspect of the symposium theme—for instance, textual representations of romantic relationships, interior/private spaces, the body (health, wellness), undergarments, domestic servants, private journals and correspondence, family structures, pets, and more.  Please email your proposal (title with one paragraph) to the symposium organizers (;;; by 18 December.

Symposium schedule:

9-10:30:  Roundtable with TAMU faculty and graduate students 
10:30-11:  Coffee
11-12:30:  Keynote lecture by Dr. Monica Flegel
12:30-2:  Lunch for registered participants
2-3:30:  Keynote lecture by Dr. Suzanne Rintoul
“Victorian Intimacies” Invited Speakers

Monica Flegel is an associate professor of English at Lakehead University (Canada).  Her publications focus on cultural studies: specifically, Victorian literature and culture, animal studies, child studies, and contemporary fan and media studies. She has published extensively on the subject of cruelty to animals and children; on Victorian animal autobiographies; and, with Dr. Jenny Roth, on fanfiction and its relation to legitimate authorship and copyright law.  Her articles have appeared in Children’s Literature, Victorian Literature and Culture, Victorian Review, Victorian Periodicals Review, the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, Transformative Works and Culture, Continuum, the Journal of Fan Studies, and The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture.  She is the author of two books:  Conceptualizing Cruelty to Children in Nineteenth-Century England (Ashgate, 2009) and Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture: Animality, Queer Relations, and the Victorian Family (Routledge, 2015).  Her talk for us will be connected to an article that is forthcoming in Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, entitled “Everything I Wanted to Know about Sex I Learned from My Cat:  Working-Class ‘Life Troubles’ and the Child Reader in Victorian England.”

Suzanne Rintoul is a professor at Conestoga College (Canada).  She is a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and print culture.  She recently published Intimate Violence and Victorian Print Culture (Palgrave Macmillan).  This book considers the way representations of abuse worked to both expose and obscure the violence done to women in intimate relationships, making it both spectacular and unspeakable.  Reading a variety of texts, including sensational crime street literature, pamphlets, slave narratives, and canonical nineteenth-century texts, Rintoul posits that the abused woman became a space through which to explore gendered, class, and racial anxieties of the time.  Her work has also appeared in English Studies in Canada, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Women Writers, and Victorians Institute Journal.  Her talk will draw on the material from her monograph.

2015 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award Recipients Named

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award. The 2015 recipients are graduate students Kate Ozment and Hilary Anderson. This award supports research projects in the humanities that are based on the collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. The awards provide graduate students in the humanities with $2,000 to cover research expenses for projects based in the collections of Cushing Library. Both students will present their research at the Cushing Library in fall 2015.

Kate Ozment, PhD candidate in the Department of English, will work on a project titled, “The Page and the Stage: Women’s Commercial Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century.” This project examines the female author as she conceived herself as a commercial proprietor of a literary commodity in the long eighteen century in England. Of primary interest are investigations of why these writers made the decision to participate in multiple genres of commercial literature, specifically fiction and drama, and what monetary or social gains they envisioned they could amass. While at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Kate will study the work of four authors: Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Frances Burney. She hypothesizes that these authors saw fiction and drama as different but equally fruitful opportunities for commercial success, and she intends to discover what conclusion can be drawn about audience appetites and the commercial literary market from exploring authorial changes or adaptation between genres. In addition, Kate will explore what role the author plays in imagining expectations of genre when that position is complicated by the desires of a diverse reading public and the publisher.

Hillary Anderson, PhD candidate in the Department of History, will work on a project titled, “Radicalizing the South: Race and Sexuality in the 1970s Civil Rights Struggles.” This project focuses on the activism of and treatment of lesbians of color in civil rights movements during the 1970s. Contemporary documents as well as monographs in women’s history, women’s and gender studies, and sociology have noted the interplay of race and sex. Scholars assert that sexism existed in the civil rights and Black Power movements, as well as the movement for gay rights, and it is also argued that racism existed in the feminist and gay rights movements. In addition, some scholars contend that there was homophobia present in within Black Power and feminism. But often these works neglect the role that conceptions of sexuality played or they do not explain how race changed the equation of gender and sexuality. Hillary’s proposed research will examine more deeply these entanglements of race, gender, and especially sexuality as they affected the activism of African American lesbians in the South. In order to do so, she will make use of both the Africana Collection and the Don Kelly Collection of LGBTQ literature.

Applications will be accepted again spring 2016 for summer 2016. For further information visit or contact the Glasscock Center at or (979) 845-8328.

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Glasscock Undergraduate Scholars Win at Student Research Week

The Glasscock Center would like to congratulate two of its Undergraduate Research Scholars on winning awards at this year’s Student Research Week.

Laura Reid won Second Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation in the Health, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Physiology section. Her project proposes curricular reform at Texas A&M through the implementation of an educational course to help students learn about the prevention and remediation of rape culture and also about factual reproductive health information. Laura’s pilot program was creating using empirical evidence from state and federal legislation, as well as from other existing health education programs.

Maci Greene won First Place Undergraduate Oral Presentation in the History, Communication, Literature, Philosophy, & Language section. Her project examined the role of female biblical figures in three plays written by Tirso de Molina during Spain’s Golden Age. Applying Althusser’s definition of the church as an ideological state apparatus, Maci’s project draws connections between messages about feminine virtue in these three plays and Molina’s own dual profession as dramatist and Roman Catholic monk.

The objective of Glasscock Undergraduate Scholars Program is to expand undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students are introduced to important research questions, trained in methods of research and analysis, and guided in the development of critical thinking, independent learning, and communications skills. Students enroll in a two-week intensive seminar taught by an A&M faculty person in their field. In the seminar, the students are immersed in a focused topic and develop a research question that they continued to investigate under the mentorship of their faculty member for the next academic year. Their research culminates in a scholarly thesis completed through the Honors and Undergraduate Research program, as well as a public presentation at Student Research Week.

We would also like to congratulate the recipients of the special Glasscock Award awarded at this year’s Student Research Week. The award is meant to acknowledge exceptional interdisciplinary projects in the humanities. Congratulations to Taylor Laufenberg and Edna Ledesma de Leon for their outstanding oral presentations and to Hunter Hampton and Crystal Dozier for their outstanding poster presentations!

To learn more about the 2014-15 Glasscock Undergraduate Scholars, please visit:



Call for Papers: International Network of Address Research

Call for papers:
International Netowrk of Address Research (INAR 3)

The International Network of Address Research (INAR) is pleased to announce its annual meeting, to be held in Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, on October 9-10, 2015. This will be the third annual meeting of the group, and the first to be held in the United States.

INAR was formed in 2013, following the workshop “Sociolinguistics and Grammar of Terms of Address” at the Freie Universität Berlin. It met again in 2014 in Hildesheim, Germany. The aim of the network is to share research that describes and analyzes address systems in as wide an array of languages as possible, to arrive at an overarching model of address systems. It aims to do so by creating strong ties between linguists who are working on address in typologically diverse languages and from various perspectives. If you would like to read more about INAR, please visit our website:

We welcome researchers in historical linguistics, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, politeness studies, sociolinguistics, language contact, and translation, among other fields. If you would like to receive regular updates by joining our listserv, please contact Leo Kretzenbacher at

Papers in all fields of linguistics and all language families are welcome at our workshop. We are especially interested in papers on the representation and negotiation of address in media, especially in computer mediated communication (social media, blogs, and so on).

Abstracts in English for 20-minute talks followed by 10-minute discussion should be sent to the meeting email below. They should not exceed one page (500 words); a second page may be included for examples and references.

 Deadline for receipt of abstracts: June 1, 2015.

Notification of acceptance: July 1, 2015.


Conference information

Date: October 9-10, 2015
Place: Department of Hispanic Studies, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4238, United States
Contact: María Irene Moyna (
Meeting email:
Website: TBA


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 ( 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

Ekphrasis Working Group Invites Members


“Particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there is a good deal of Ekphrastic poetry, addressing a wide range of good and bad, great and obscure, unglossed or overinterpreted works of art, and taking up a range of stances toward their objects,” wrote John Hollander in The Gazer’s Spirit, a collection of ekphrastic poems and the artworks they confront. Some of the ways modern poets have faced works of art, Hollander wrote, “include addressing the image, making it speak, speaking of it interpretively, meditating upon the moment of viewing it, and so forth.”

The Ekphrasis Working Group will study the body of Ekphrastic writing that exists, examine the ways in which writing can be based on art, look at theoretical discussions of this practice, and write Ekphrastic work ourselves.

Questions? E-mail Janet McCann.

For more information about other support humanities working groups, please visit the Humanities Working Groups page.

2014 Cushing-Glasscock Award Recipients Announced

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award. The 2014 recipients are graduate students Leah Sandlin and Jared Miracle. This award supports research projects in the humanities that are based on the collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. The awards provide graduate students in the humanities with $2,000 to cover research expenses for projects based in the collections of Cushing Library. Both students will present their research at the Cushing Library in fall 2014.

Lead Sandlin’s research focuses largely on early nineteenth-century travel narratives, specifically the portrayal of African spirituality and religious belief by travel writers of the Victorian era. Explorers of this era write about how African natives worship English clothing and gadgets and how Africans regard these things as fetish objects. During her residence at the Cushing Library, she will expand her research to include earlier writings on Africa, where she intends to trace the development of European attitudes toward African religion and spirituality in order to determine whether or not Victorian travel writers’ focus on African fetish is simply a trope of nineteenth-century exploration or was already an established tradition. Within the library’s Africana Collection, Leah will undertake a study of the Rex B. Grey Collection, which contains early African exploration narratives and many works that relate to early explorations of West Africa. Because explorers’ reactions to and portrayals of native African spirituality are a topic that is seldom brought up in the discourse about British travel writing, this dissertation will provide a meaningful contribution to scholarship on travel writing and empire.

Jared Miracle’s research is concerned with the transformation of the American sporting landscape and the popularization of Asian martial culture in the United States. Specifically he is interested in influence that Robert W. Smith, one of the “founding fathers” of this culture, had in the history and background of the shift in public awareness and practice of martial arts. By working in the library’s Robert W. Smith Collection, Jared will investigate the dynamics of this cultural shift in America brought about by Smith and his colleagues that resulted in general public knowledge of a previously-marginal tradition by examining the correspondence between Smith and other core members of their group. This viewed in light of the books, articles, and other publications to which these individuals contributed publicly, the process by which Asian martial arts transitioned and transformed from obscurity to cultural mainstay in a matter of decades will be better understood and can then be compared alongside the mythologizing that was already taking place among younger generations during Smith’s lifetime.

Applications will be accepted again spring 2015 for summer 2015. For further information visit or contact the Glasscock Center at or (979) 845-8328.

Event on Women in the Gulag in Stark Galleries on 1 March 2014

On Saturday, 1 March 2014 at 7 p.m., the Department of International Studies will host a one-act staging of writings by women imprisoned in labor camps in the Soviet Union, performed by Olga Nepakhareva and Elena Tokmakova-Gorbushina. The event entitled “The Roads We Did Not Choose: Women in the Gulag” will be held in the Memorial Student Center’s Stark Galleries at Texas A&M University. With support made possible by the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, the Murray and Celeste Fasken Chair in Liberal Arts, and the MSC L.T. Jordan Institute of International Awareness. A reception will follow Q&A. The performance is in Russian (English translation will be available). For further information, please contact Olga Cooke.

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Faculty Colloquium by Dr. Nathan Bracher

bracher_squareOn Tuesday, 5 February 2013, from 4-5 p.m. Dr. Nathan Bracher will present his work-in-progress during the Faculty Colloquium Series. Bracher is Professor of French in the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M University. He will discuss “Paris Herald Tribune: François Mauriac on Race, War, Religion, and Politics.” More >