Glasscock Center Humanities Working Groups are a forum for in-depth discussion and research-related activities. Participants share the goal of stimulating intellectual exchange through discussion, writing, viewing, reading, and other activities that further their inquiries into common scholarly concerns. The Center makes space available for the meetings of these groups.
Working Group meetings are posted on the Center’s web calendar. To join a Working Group, or to find out more about a particular group, contact the convenor directly (listed below).
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Supported Working Groups (2016-2017)
The purpose of the Africana Studies Working Group is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for sharing and discussing recent scholarship relevant to the study of Africa and the African diaspora, including works-in-progress by members of the group. Topics of interest include immigration, globalization, cultural production and performance, literature, film, identity, urban studies, and gender. The group offers scholars a supportive, intellectual environment to meet and engage with each other and to discuss new and important work.
Convenor: Dr. Carmela Garritano, Africana Studies, Film Studies
Caribbean and Atlantic Studies (CAST) Working Group
The Caribbean and Atlantic Studies Group fosters collaboration and communication between faculty and students at Texas A&M working within this field as well as to affect cohesion and collaboration amongst members.
Convenors: Dr. Evan Haefeli; Dr. April Hatfield, History
Cognoscenti is an interdisciplinary forum for intellectual exchange on issues concerning mental functioning in humans and other species. Among the topics of interest are language and culture, figurative language processing, bilingualism, memory blocking, infant perception, reasoning, philosophy of mind, categorization, aesthetics, creative thought, and the mind-brain interface.
Convenor: Dr. Jyotsna Vaid, Psychology
Community Food Security and Food Justice Working Group
The Community Food Security and Food Justice Working Group focuses on a variety of political, social, and cultural issues emerging from the food system (from production, distribution, and consumption), including economic, agricultural and ecosystems, and public health.
Convenor: Dr. Sarah N. Gatson, Sociology
Critical Childhood Studies
Critical Childhood Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on figurations of the child in the humanities. The field embraces the study of social constructions of childhood, children’s literature and culture, the child in legal theory, the social agency of the child, the child’s experience across national and historical boundaries, and child development theories in the social sciences, among other topics. The group’s ongoing activities include regular meetings of faculty, graduate students, and members of the larger community to discuss topics in childhood studies scholarship, as well as a discussion series aimed primarily at undergraduates and focused on issues relating to childhood in popular culture.
Convenors: Dr. Claudia Nelson; Dr. Lucia Hodgson, English
The Digital Humanities Working Group provides a synergistic, interdisciplinary environment that develops new knowledge through informatics research and prepares the next generation of humanities scholars. It does so by facilitating communications among the campus scholars developing innovative computing tools, digital library collections, and hypertextual archives of broad and significant academic and educational value to the humanities. The group provides support for the public Digital Humanities lecture series, the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate, and works to facilitate creation of an interdisciplinary community on campus centered around the Digital Humanities.
Convenors: Dr. Richard Furuta, Computer Science, Dr. Andrew Pilsch, English, and Sarah Potvin, University Libraries
Early Modern Studies
The Early Modern Studies Working Group provides a forum for those working in the literature, culture, and history of Early Modern Europe. It provides a foundation for new graduate students, a forum for the presentation and discussion of writing, and links between interested graduate students and faculty that promote academic mentorship and further the process of professionalization.
Convenor: Dr. Margaret Ezell, English
Film Studies Working Group
The Film Studies Working Group provides a forum for scholars and graduate students working in film and media studies, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and departments, to collaborate with others in their field. The group selects current and significant theoretical and critical writing in film studies to read and discuss, and members, including graduate students, are invited to share their works in progress. The group also organizes campus visits and related events with scholars whose work it has studied.
Convenors: Dr. Teresa Vilaros, Hispanic Studies, and Patrick Anderson, Philosophy
History of Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture
The History of Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture Working Group promotes collaboration and cooperation among faculty and students in fields such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, arts education, gender studies, history, and visual studies. The working group will serve as a forum for the discussion of current research, as a means to share ideas and receive feedback from participants, and to develop opportunities to engage students.
Convenor: Dr. Nancy Klein, Architecture
The Indigenous Studies Working Group explores the challenges and rewards of engaging in Indigenous Studies, discovers and analyzes the similarities and differences between academic approaches to the study of Indigenous peoples, investigates trends and changes within the field of Indigenous Studies, supports and assists one another in undertaking innovative research.
Convenor: Dr. Angela Pulley Hudson, History
Jewish Studies Working Group
The Jewish Studies Working Group aims to provide an intellectual space for faculty and students working the many areas that the field of Jewish studies includes, for example: history, philosophy, religious thought, cultural and ethnic studies, literature, languages, and international studies (e.g., geopolitical themes). This working group aims to provide a common space that brings together scholars and teachers at Texas A&M University working in this field.
Convenor: Dr. Claire Katz, Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies
The Language Matters Working Group explores language issues for a thorough understanding of the human condition. The group brings together faculty and graduate students across different departments in and outside of the College of Liberal Arts whose work is connected with the language broadly understood. The group meets to discuss topics such as the sounds, grammatical structure, and lexicon of human languages, the pragmatics of language use and change across time and space, bilingualism, factors affecting language acquisition, and various other topics of communication through language.
Convenor: Dr. Maria Irene Moyna, Hispanic Studies
The Literacy Studies Group includes faculty, professionals, researchers and graduate students from diverse backgrounds (psychology, sociology, neuroscience, linguistics, and education). The group meets to break artificial disciplinary barriers and to facilitate the exchange of information on the issue of literacy, a major concern in our
Convenor: Dr. R. Malatesha Joshi, Teaching, Learning, and Culture
Medical Humanities brings health scientists and humanities scholars into dialog about key shared interests such as aging, death and dying, bioethics, cross-cultural health practices and health values, women’s health, and narratives of illness. This working group builds on the faculty and graduate student research interests related to Medical Humanities within departments on campus, bringing participants together for discussion, study and collaboration. The group engages directly the question of how different our disciplinary training and methodologies enhance the discussion and encourages participants to see commonalities as much as differences in approach.
Convenor: Dr. Jessica Howell, English
The Medieval Studies Working Group invites the participation of all faculty and graduate students with academic interests in the Middle Ages, roughly defined as the period 500-1500 CE. Regular meetings normally focus on the airing of work-in-progress or the discussion of published primary or secondary works. The group provides a forum for dialogue about the field of medieval studies and any topic within it; supports participants’ own research with opportunities for constructive feedback; increases awareness of, and access to, interdisciplinary possibilities as we benefit mutually from one another’s more specialized interests and expertise; and continues to develop a sense of community among TAMU’s medievalists.
Convenors: Dr. Nancy Warren, English
New Modern British Studies
The New Modern British Studies Working Group is an informal group of faculty members and graduate students working in British, Irish, and Postcolonial literary, historical, and cultural studies from the eighteenth century to the present.
Convenors: Dr. Susan Egenolf and Dr. Emily Johansen, English
Performance and Culture
The Performance and Culture Working Group is an interdisciplinary group interested in the performance of culture broadly defined. Working Group meetings invite academic and/or creative presentations and encourage interactive collaboration between faculty and graduate students from across the College of Liberal Arts and Texas A&M University. Areas of interest include music, dance, movement, theatre, comedy, poetry, spoken word, and other performative genres. Meetings provide members the opportunity to present new and established research and/or creative endeavors. The group seeks to reinforce collaboration between scholars at Texas A&M and other institutions.
Convenors: Dr. Leonardo Cardoso; Dr. Kim Kattari, Performance Studies
Religion and Culture
The Religion and Culture Working Group promotes discussion among faculty and graduate students interested in interdisciplinary investigations of the subject of religion both past and present. The group adopts broad-based theoretical approaches to the study of religion, understood in this context to include the material culture, modes of expression, philosophy, institutions, and experiences that are infused with spiritual or transcendent meaning.
Convenor: Dr. Rebecca Hankins, TAMU Libraries, Africana Studies
Science Fiction Studies Working Group
The Science Fiction Studies Working Group is a cross-disciplinary program for exploring the genres of science fiction and fantasy in all their complexities, through the lenses and methodologies of different academic disciplines. Science fiction and fantasy allow for creatively exploring important issues such as the impact of new technologies on society, the evolution and mutable nature of racial and gender identities, and the ongoing cultural, societal, and biological development of humanity as a species on this and other planets. The SWG seeks to bring together, using the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection at Cushing Library as the locus, scholars and researchers across multiple fields, including English, History, Sociology, Film Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and Engineering, among others. The group will facilitate events such as lectures, discussions of current and ongoing research, readings by creators in the field, and film showings, leading ultimately to a formal academic program in Science Fiction Studies.
Convenors: Jeremy Brett (TAMU Libraries), Dr. Francesca Marini (TAMU Libraries), Dr. Apostolos Vasilakis (English)
Social, Cultural, and Political Theory
The Social, Cultural, and Political Theory Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students who are interested in theories of society, broadly understood. The group provides an intellectual center for work in contemporary social thought, intellectual history, cultural theory, and political thought from ancient times to the present day. Topics of interest include: interpretation of canonical figures such as Plato, Weber, or Sartre; interpretation and application of major theories of society such as utilitarianism, Kantianism, or pragmatism; reading and research on more recent social theorists such as Peter Singer, Judith Butler, or Bruno Latour; exploration of major topics in socio-cultural thought such as power, discourse, or justice; members use a variety of research methods including critical theory, ethnography, or textual analysis.
Convenor: Dr. Daniel Conway, Philosophy
South Asia Studies
The South Asia Studies Working Group focuses on the interplay and confrontation between dynamics of liberalization, globalization and nationalism in the South Asian region. Precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods of South Asian history will be studied using area, cultural, and women’s studies as well as other disciplinary perspectives on the politics and cultures of South Asia as a region.
Convenor: Dr. Nandini Bhattacharya, English
War, Violence and Society
The War, Violence and Society Working Group brings together faculty and graduate students who employ a variety of disciplines in the study of violence and the ways it impacts society. This working group considers the causes, courses, and consequences of violence, including conventional warfare, insurgencies, and state-directed violence. It benefits from the perspectives of specialists in the institutional, cultural, social, and gendered study of conflict in the human experience.
Convenors: Dr. Adam Seipp; Douglas Bell, History
Women’s and Gender Studies
The Women’s and Gender Studies Working Group facilitates intellectual community among faculty and students conducting research on various aspects of gender. Participants include faculty and students connected with the Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the other members of the university community who are interested in this area of scholarship.
Convenor: Dr. Marian Eide, Women’s and Gender Studies