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Humanities: Land Sea Space


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Humanities: Land Sea Space is a cross-disciplinary research initiative at the Glasscock Center which brings a range of events to the campus and the local community. Land Sea Space encompasses a diverse set of contexts and places in which pressing issues and challenges are situated and is designed to open up opportunities for the Glasscock Center to collaborate across Texas A&M’s disciplines and colleges. Land Sea Space aims to capture both global concerns and many that are especially relevant to the state of Texas.

Texas A&M is one of only 17 universities in the United States with the triple designation of land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university. 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, Humanities: Land Sea Space seeks to benefit and impact a broad intellectual community, beginning with the humanities and social sciences, and extending to disciplines such as architecture and urban planning, oceanography, health sciences, and others. The initiative aims to have significant reach and impact by exploring globally relevant topics and establishing international collaborations through its research activities and events.

Land Sea Space provides the scope to explore human interactions across a range of settings and environments, as well as cutting-edge conceptual debates in areas such as posthumanism, environmental and intergenerational justice, more-than-human ethics, science fiction, and futures studies. It will tackle issues at the frontiers of cross-disciplinary work through innovative research that engages with the environmental humanities, blue/marine humanities, geohumanities, energy humanities, health humanities, and public humanities. The triple themes of land, sea, and space will be treated as individual themes but also as interconnected.

Humanities and social science scholars have long-studied land, but recent catastrophic changes through global warming have shifted many discussions, raising geopolitical, environmental, and social justice issues. New cross-disciplinary work has emerged which addresses diverse topics such as water 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 which explores nature-society interactions. The critical methods of the humanities, as well as social and natural science perspectives, are needed to properly address such topics and issues. Land Sea Space will bring these perspectives together to bridge disciplinary boundaries and draw on expertise from across TAMU and beyond. Please see our event page for new developments and to get in touch with your ideas.

Wildlife refuge near refineries on gulf coast.
Wildlife refuge near refineries on gulf coast.

Oceanic Humanities Symposium, November 2019