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 (2017-2018)
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. Brian Anderson, 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. Lucia Hodgson, English
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
The broad objective of the Energy Humanities working group is to support critical engagements with energy at Texas A&M. The group welcomes all scholars with an interest in energy humanities, an interdisciplinary field that draws on humanities and social science research methods to address energy use in the context of the urgent crisis of global warming in a world powered by fossil fuels. Within this broad and burgeoning area, the group will investigate an array of issues, including entanglements between energy and modernity; the impacts of energy and its infrastructures; the power energy exerts on ideas, art, ethics, politics, and culture, as well as theoretical and imaginative renderings of post-fossil fuel futures. As Imre Szeman and Dominic Boyer note in their introduction of the volume Energy Humanities (2017), energy humanities’ critical practices advance the belief that “it is essential to better understand the import and impact of energy when it comes to trying to puzzle out how we might address global warming.” We will meet to discuss common readings and our own work-in-progress. The group also plans to invite guest speakers to campus to share their research.
Convenor: Dr. Carmela Garritano, Africana Studies and Film
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; Gabriela Zapata, 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
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
Science and Technology Working Group
The Science and Technology Working Group brings together faculty and graduate students across different departments in and outside of the College of Liberal Arts interested in the many facets of science and technology including their social and cultural dimensions.
Convenor: Dr. Jonathan Coopersmith, History
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
The Sound Studies Working Group is an interdisciplinary collective formed by humanities and social sciences faculty and students interested in sound and hearing. The group brings guest speakers from within and outside Texas A&M University to discuss historical and ethnographic approaches to noise, music, communication, technology, politics, urbanization, and law.
Convenor: Dr. Leonardo Cardoso, Performance Studies
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. Jyotsna Vaid, Psychology
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; Shane Makowicki, History