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Internal Faculty Fellowship Applications Due 16 February 2012

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research invites applications for Internal Faculty Fellowships. Four internal fellowships will be awarded annually, but split into two per semester in order to comply with new leave policies in the College. This award is designed to address release time for tenured associate or full professors only. Projects might include but are not limited to: book manuscripts, book chapters, articles or other high-impact research projects. Internal Faculty Fellowships receive a one-course teaching release in the spring semester of the fellowship year, a $1,000 research bursary, and an office in the Glasscock Center for the semester they hold the fellowship. The application deadline is 16 February 2012.

For recipients with more than a one-course teaching load, an additional teaching release will be arranged by the recipient’s home department or program. Fellowship holders are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Center by being in residence at Texas A&M University during the release semester and by occupying the office provided in the Center. Recipients of the award are required to commit to participating in the Faculty Colloquium Series (along with four of the Faculty Research Fellows) during the semester in which they hold the fellowship. The Faculty Colloquium Series will function as a working group for these works in progress. Projects will be chosen on the basis of their intellectual rigor, scholarly creativity, and potential to make a significant impact in the candidate’s career and field.

Potential applicant should determine whether their department or program takes part in this fellowship program before applying. Department Head must sign the application agreeing to provide a one-course teaching reduction for him/her in the designated semester, in addition to the course being bought out by the Glasscock Center.

For more information and to apply, please visit the funding opportunity page.

Call for Applications for Faculty Directors for Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research is accepting applications for faculty directors for the Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. Faculty will receive a stipend of $5,000 to direct a seminar for undergraduate scholars. The objective is to expand undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students will be 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 will enroll in a two-week intensive seminar taught by a faculty member at the beginning of the summer ten-week session. In the seminar students will be immersed in a focused topic and develop a research question that they will then investigate under the mentorship of the faculty member for the remaining eight weeks of the summer. Students will be required to meet with each other for peer writing activities at the Glasscock Center and to attend writing workshops created especially for this program through the Writing Center throughout the eight-week period. Faculty are encouraged to meet with students every two weeks after the intensive two-week seminar to discuss progress on each phase of the project after each of the Writing Center workshops.

A stipend of $5,000 will be awarded each of the faculty directors selected. Undergraduate participants will recieve a stipend of $2,000. A call for undergraduate participants will be posted in the spring semester after faculty directors are selected.

Applicant must submit an application (signed by department head) and separate document containing a tentative two-week course of study or syllabus and four writing center workshops to the Glasscock Center by Thursday, 17 January 2013. Applications can be emailed to or mailed by campus mail to 4214 TAMU.

Gikandi Receives 14th Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University has awarded the Fourteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Simon Gikandi, Robert Shirmer Professor of English at Princeton University, for his book Slavery and the Culture of Taste, published by the Princeton University Press in 2011.

Professor Gikandi’s major fields of research and teaching are the Anglophone literature and cultures of Africa, India, the Caribbean, Postcolonial Britain, the “Black” Atlantic, and the African Diaspora. He is also interested in the encounter between European and African languages in the modern period, literature, human rights, writing, and cultural politics. In addition to Slavery and the Culture of Taste, he is author of Writing in Limbo: Modernism and Caribbean Literature (Cornell University Press, 1992), Maps of Englishness: Writing Identity in the Culture of Colonialism (Columbia University Press, 1996), and Ngugi wa Thiong’o (Cambridge University Press, 2001), which was a Choice Outstanding Academic Publication for 2004. Gikandi has published numerous articles and is currently editor of PMLA, the official journal of the Modern Languages Association (MLA).

In his book, Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton University Press, 2011), Simon Gikandi demonstrates that the areas of slavery and the culture of taste – the world of politeness, manners, and aesthetics – were surprisingly intertwined. Gikandi looks at Britain, the antebellum South, and the West Indies, and examines archival portraits, period paintings, personal narratives, and diaries. He illustrates how the violence and ugliness of enslavement actually shaped theories of taste, notions of beauty, and practices of high culture, and how slavery’s impurity informed and haunted the rarified customs of the time.

Slavery and the Culture of Taste, brings to the fore the contradictions and the tensions between the brutal practice of slavery and the distinctions of civility by looking closely at the documents and artworks of the eighteenth century. This book reveals the shifting debate between historical determinism on the one hand, and more ephemeral epiphenomena as factors which define societies and their cultures. Professor Gikandi’s book establishes that a society’s self-understanding can only be understood as a complex and multifaceted process arising from theoretical, social, economic, and psychological forces.

Professor Gikandi will receive the award and present a lecture on Wednesday, 27 February 2013, 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

Call for Humanities Post-doctoral Fellowships in Germany

The post-doctoral fellowships at German universities and research institutes are provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Volkswagen Foundation in close cooperation with the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen, the Center of Excellence and the Zukunftskolleg in Konstanz, the Dahlem Humanities Center of Free University of Berlin, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Berliner Zentrum Moderner Orient, the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), the National Museums in Berlin, the German National Library in Frankfurt, the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, and the German Archive of Literature in Marbach. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund up to 12 American post-docs in the humanities spending a year at academic institutions in Germany.

The fellowships are granted for 9 – 12 months and aim at supporting post-doctoral studies at the above-mentioned universities and institutes as well as at universities or research institutes of the candidate’s choice. Scholars shall be given the chance to

  • pursue a research topic in the humanities in an attractive international environment,
  • take advantage of rich interdisciplinary scholarly discussions and research networks,
  • use the local libraries, archives, and other facilities, and to attend international conferences, symposia etc.,
  • get access to a non-American university system by teaching courses to undergraduate and graduate students, depending on the needs of the relevant academic departments.

The respective target group are promising young scholars in their post-doctoral research phase based at institutions in the U.S. who want to strengthen their research capacity in a specific field of the humanities which can be expected to have a strong impact on their individual research profile and expertise. Scholars who work in an interdisciplinary field are especially encouraged to apply. The applicants should have finished their Ph. D. between one and no more than five years ago. In exceptional cases outstanding candidates can also be accepted if the Ph. D. was acquired more recently. Candidates who apply for a fellowship at an institution not listed above will have to provide a letter by the institution of their choice stating that it will support the candidate’s application and host the person during the respective academy year.

The grants will be awarded for 9 – 12 months and cover a post-doctoral fellowship (2,100 Euro per month) plus international health insurance, travel expenses (including one additional flight home), conference participation in Europe, and for additional living costs (approx. 1,000 Euro per month). In addition, the Foundation will cover up to 10,000 Euro for a workshop at the beginning of the stay and a maximum of 3,000 Euro for administration costs of the hosting institute/department. Small equipment, consumables, literature, etc. can also be applied for. Subsidies for children can be applied for separately according to the information on family-related benefits of the Foundation (see On additional request, small amounts can also be made available for follow-up activities such as visits of researchers from the host university/institution to the U.S. institution to which the candidate returns and – at a later stage – for joint projects. Funds for these follow-up activities will have to be applied for separately.

Final sums will be granted according to the budget items included in the application provided that they comply with the guidelines.

The universities/institutes will support the fellows to arrange the necessary contacts at the university and its faculties or the institute respectively.
Up to 12 fellowships per year can be funded. Grants will be made to the German institution that hosts the respective candidate.

For more information, see the full announcement (PDF).

2012 Cushing-Glasscock Awards to be presented at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives

The 2012 Cushing-Glasscock Award ceremony will take place in the Mayo-Thomas Room of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives on Friday, 14 September 2012, at 2 p.m.

Brian Altenhofen (Communication), Deborah L. Pfuntner (English), and Carlos Rodríguez González (Hispanic Studies), the 2012 Award winners, will give short presentations on their research at the event. Altenhofen drew on Cushing Library’s Science Fiction Research Collection for his project, “How Shall We Get to the Moon? A Comparison of Space Travel Representations.” Pfuntner used primary sources in the Robert L. Dawson French Collection for her study, which she titled “Romantic Women Writers and the Exigency, Scope, and Hybridity of Commonplace Books.” Rodríguez González relied on the Colonial Mexican Collection to write about “New-Christian Blood: A Reinterpretation of Vieira’s Ideas about Conversion in New Spain.”

Co-sponsored by the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives and the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the Cushing-Glasscock Award is an annual event. It provides graduate students in the humanities with $2,000 to cover research expenses for projects based in the collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. A call for submissions for the 2013 Award will be released in January. Any questions or queries should be directed to Dr. David Chroust at or at 979.845.1951.

Glasscock Center Announces Funding Program Changes

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research announces changes to funding programs for faculty and graduate students. Beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year, the Glasscock Center will fund four Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellowships and up to eight Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowships per academic year. These will replace the Faculty Stipendiary Fellowships, Faculty Travel-to-Archives or Travel-for-Fieldwork Grants, and Cross-Disciplinary Conference Travel Grants.

The Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellowship carries a $1,000 research bursary, and $7,500 is provided to the department to pay for one (or possibly two) course releases. Eligibility is limited to Associate or Full Professors only. Two Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellows will be named for each semester (two for the fall semester and two for the spring semester). Permission of the Department Head is required before applying to assure that departmental scheduling needs are being met. Fellows will receive an office in the Glasscock Center for the semester that they are named Fellows. They are expected to participate in the intellectual life of the Center by being in residence during the release semester and attending conferences and colloquia sponsored by the Center. In addition, they are expected to make a presentation of their research projects in progress for the Faculty Colloquium Series during the semester they are in residence and give a formal presentation of their completed projects during the following academic year. Please note that the Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow program is no longer linked to a specific theme. The evaluation of all applications will be based on their scholarly quality, their promise of successful completion, and their high potential to make a significant impact in the applicant’s field.

The Glasscock Faculty Research Fellowship carries a $5,000 bursary and is designed to support research that will lead to a substantial scholarly output: a book, a major article or series of articles or other important publication or research project that makes a significant impact in the field. Glasscock Faculty Research Fellows, along with the Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellows will be expected to participate in Glasscock Center activities and participate during the academic year in the Faculty Colloquium Series. They will be expected to make a presentation of their work at colloquium during the year they hold the fellowship and also to make a formal presentation of the completed project during the following academic year.

For graduate students, the Center will offer three Brown-Kruse Fellowships and up to ten Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowships per academic year. These will replace the Graduate Stipendiary Fellowships, Graduate Travel-to-Conference Grants, and Graduate Travel-to-Archives or Travel-for-Fieldwork Grants. The Brown-Kruse Fellowship carries a $3,000 bursary and an expectation for residency and is for advanced doctoral students only. The Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship carries a $2,000 bursary for the academic year and is for both masters and doctoral students at any stage of the thesis/dissertation. Funding is designed to assist students with activities including, but not limited to: conference participation, travel for archival research or fieldwork, and/or the purchase of research materials. Recipients are expected to participate in the Graduate Colloquium Series. This award requires new departmental nomination procedures.

Please note that Programs not affected by these revisions include: the Ad Hoc Faculty Fellowship, the Buttrill Ethics Curriculum Enhancement Grant, the Graduate Research Matching Grant, and Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award.

For further information, please contact Director, Richard J. Golsan, at (979) 845-8329 or rjgolsan@tamu.eduor Associate Director, Sarah Misemer, at (979) 458-4320 or if you have any further questions. For full grant descriptions, please visit

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 2012 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award. This graduate research award, open to Texas A&M University graduate students in good standing, supports projects in the humanities that are based on collections housed at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives. Up to 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, 2012, and they must deliver a short presentation on their projects during the fall semester of 2012. A written copy of the project must be deposited in the Glasscock Center Library.

Deadline for applications is March 16, 2012.

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 (preferred) 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

Questions about papers and research can be directed to David Z. Chroust at 979-845-1951 and


Call for Applications for Ad Hoc Stipendiary Fellowship

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research is now accepting applications for the Ad Hoc Faculty Stipendiary Fellowship. Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, 4 September 2012.

The Glasscock Center offers awards of $1,000 each per academic year to support humanities research projects conducted by lecturers, visiting and adjunct faculty. These funds may be used to support normally reimbursable research expenses connected to a humanities research project. Ad Hoc Faculty Stipendiary Fellows are encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the Center by attending symposia, lectures, faculty colloquia, and other events during the fellowship year.

All qualified non-tenure/tenure track faculty (lecturers, visiting and adjunct faculty employed by Texas A&M University) are invited to apply. Ad Hoc Stipendiary Fellows are selected by the Advisory Committee. Fellows must be in residence for one semester of their fellowship year and are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the Center.

Applications should identify a specific humanities research project to which support funds will be applied. All applications will be reviewed by the Glasscock Center Advisory Committee and will be judged on the basis of merit and need.

Applicants should complete the online submission form and email a current two-page c.v. by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 September 2012.


Call for Applications for Co-sponsorship Grants

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research supports the humanities at Texas A&M University by co-sponsoring public lectures, performances with a humanities research component, and scholarly presentations by visitors from outside the university. Requests of up to $500 may be made. Applications for Co-sponsorship Grants are due by Tuesday, 4 September 2012.

Faculty, graduate students and undergraduates may submit requests for Co-sponsorship Grants. Applicants should verify that their event does not conflict with the dates of major Center events by checking with our web calendar prior to the submission of an application (the Center will not fund events that conflict with our Book Prize Lecture, Buttrill Ethics Lecture or or other major symposia or lectures). Priority may be given to applicants who have not received funding through this program in the past three years. Events must be free and open to the public to be eligible. All publicity must acknowledge the sponsorship of “The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research.”

Applicants should complete the online application and email a current c.v. (or equivalent documentation) for the proposed speaker(s) as an attachment to by 5 p.m., Tuesday, 4 September 2012.

Glasscock Center Announces 2012-13 Internal Faculty Fellows

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research has named four recipients of Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellowship for the 2012-2013 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.

Joseph Oscar Jewell is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology. He will be in residence at the Glasscock Center during the fall 2012 semester.  Professor Jewell will pursue the research topic “Troubling Gentility: Race and Middle Class Identity in Late Nineteenth Century America.” He studies the ways in which minority races encountered, negotiated, and contested the inscription of whiteness into middle-class identity.  His study centers around three populations: blacks in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mexican Americans in San Antonio, Texas, and Chinese Americans in San Francisco, California. He will conduct his research using a cultural analysis of documentary sources, including census data, tax digests, city directories, and private documents. His research into the formation and defense of middle-class identity will be presented in a book and will form a more complete picture of the American middle-class.

Daniel Conway, professor in the Department of Philosophy and Humanities examines the ways in which the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard critiques modernity in his book Fear and Trembling. This book was published under the pseudonym “Johannes de silentio,” and Professor Conway shows that Johannes embodies a psychological type that Kierkegaard associates with a bourgeois culture (that is, the limiting of spiritual flourishing to attain an advantage over others), while he claims to lead a spiritually rewarding existence. The dual role of Johannes allows him to embody the limitations of any attempt to mount a rational or systematic response to the spiritual crisis that impends late modern European culture. Conway will research this through the use of archival materials, journal articles, and scholarly books, and will present his findings in book form. His research will explain Kirkegaard’s reason for the use of a pseudonym as well as the first comprehensive account of the structure of Fear and Trembling, and interpretation of the religious, psychological, and social facets of Kierkegaard’s critique of modernity. Conway will hold his fellowship during the spring 2013 semester.

Donnalee Dox is an associate professor in the Department of Performance Studies. She will be in residence during the spring 2013 semester. Professor Dox intends to write a book-length study entitled Contemplative Practices and the Problem of an ‘Inner Life’ that discusses the ways in which people cultivate a sense of an inner life through the adaptation of biological processes, and the meaning of this cultivation. She claims that this cultivation of an inner life increases the capacity for mental flexibility, allowing people to adapt to socially unstable conditions. This cultivation through contemplative practices allow a person to strengthen their tolerance for silence and solitude, necessary for negotiating the demands of modern culture and is biological and socially necessary. She will conduct her research by synthesizing descriptions of interiority from contemplative practices, cultural resources drawn on to cultivate the ‘inner life,’ and physiological parallels to the sense of an ‘inner life,’ and combining this practical research with current research on the workings of human physiology. Her findings will be presented as a 30-page article on yogic meditation, revealing the interplay between people’s neurological systems and culture through yoga. Her research contributes to the fields of lived religion, contemplative studies, and the philosophy of mind and self.

Harland Prechel, professor in the Department of Sociology, conducts research on “Political Capitalism: The 2008 Financial Crisis and the Great Recession” during his residency in spring 2013. He will use historical documents, such as Congressional Records and public and corporate documents that will allow him to pursue his topics through three interrelated questions. In his book, he intends to use these documents to determine if elected officials acted autonomously in order to change public policies, or if they were pressured by groups outside of the government to change their policies. Professor Prechel will consider these changes permitted corporate cultures and structures to emerge that and allow managers to manipulate finances, deceive agencies, and mislead the public, and to what extent were the action of these corporations legal. His research contributes to the field of economic sociology, and his examination of how the economy is embedded in cultural and political arrangements that vary over time will allow scholars and political activists to understand the underlying causes of the economic crisis. This information will allow the formulation of policies that facilitate stable capitalist growth and development while protecting the public’s interest.

The 2012-2013 Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellows will present their work completed during the fellowship in the Glasscock Center’s Morning Coffee Hour in in the 2013-14 academic year. The Glasscock Center accepts applications for Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellowships each spring semester. Applications will be accepted again spring 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year. For further information visit the Center’s website or contact the Glasscock Center at or (979) 845-8328.