Humanities: Land Sea Space
Humanities: Land, Sea, Space (HLSS) is a transdisciplinary research initiative that explores a range of environmental issues and challenges by applying humanistic methods of scholarship. In the spirit of the Glasscock Center’s mission to foster interdisciplinary humanities research among the community of scholars at Texas A&M University and in the world beyond the academy, HLSS aims to benefit and impact a broad intellectual community and to have significant reach by exploring not only concerns especially relevant to the state of Texas, but also global issues. The Glasscock Center launched HLSS in 2018, and programming has explored topics such as oceans and seas (2019) and the plant humanities (2021). As a complement to Texas A&M’s new designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), HLSS programming in 2022 and 2023 focused on the relationship between space and place in Latinx and Latin American environmentalisms.
Humanities and social science scholars have long-studied land, but ongoing catastrophes due to climate change have shifted many discussions, raising geopolitical, environmental, and social justice issues. New transdisciplinary work has emerged that addresses diverse topics including water and food insecurity, energy cultures, coastal and island communities, the Anthropocene, deep time, extinctions, and ecological loss. Literature and the arts are motivating creative and imaginative work that explores nature-society interactions.
Created by Emily Brady, the Center’s former director, the initiative is convened by Dr. AJ Baginski.