Humanities Working Groups
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).
These meetings are open to the public and both students and faculty are encouraged to attend. To reserve a space in the Glasscock Center, submit a Room Reservation Request.
Convenors, please visit the Working Group/Seminar Procedures page
Please see our calendar for Working Group meetings and events.
Working Groups (2021-2022)
Caribbean and Atlantic Studies
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, 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. Rebecca Brooker; Dr. Jessica Bernard, Psychology
Community Food Security and Food Justice
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. Charles Carlson, Public Partnership and Outreach; David Anderson, Philosophy
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.
Convenors: Dr. Kevin O'Sullivan, University Libraries; Dr. Dorothy Todd, English
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
Latinx Cultural Production
This working group, to be launched formally in the Spring Semester of 2019, will devote its efforts to the study of Latinx cultural production in the wider sense of the term “culture.” It will focus on literature, film, music, comix, visual arts, performance, politics, history, gastronomy, and indeed cultural institutions such as the working group itself aspires to be. It seems unreal to us that Latinx culture, as a fundamental subaltern culture in the state of Texas and generally in the southwestern United States, has been able to produce and sustain so little by way of academic institutions devoted to its systematic study, but we know not all the responsibility lies with Latinx culture itself. Things will be changing soon, however, as there is a new energy in the wind everywhere, and Latinx culture will be soon ready to claim its own place in the institutional world. Meanwhile, we aim to work towards filling in the gap at Texas A&M to the extent of our abilities, trusting (but not taking for granted) that there will be appropriate support. Our purpose is to foster an intense, diverse, and exciting conversation on all Latinx cultural matters, with a special focus on Tejanx culture but not limited to the latter. We aim high but must begin modestly given our lack of institutional tradition. Our ambition, however, is to become a reference point and even a clearinghouse for the study of Latinx culture in Texas. Give us a few years.
Convenors: David Yague Gonzalez, Jesús Rivera, Hispanic Studies
The Latinx Working Group provides a space for intellectual dialogue among scholars working on issues relevant to Latinx groups. The objective is to gather monthly to engage in rich discussions, assorted methodological practices, and active research that contribute to Latinx scholarship. Monthly meetings allow members to workshop their ideas, writing, and research so as to gain insights and feedback from scholars across disciplines that can sharpen and enhance their academic contributions. The space would be available to graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty throughout Texas A&M University. Subsequently, the group would contribute to the Texas A&M initiatives for academic excellence, student success, diversity, interdisciplinary collaborations, and community-building.
Convenors: Maria Valentina Aduen Ramierez, Communication
Law and Society
The Law and Society Working Group brings together faculty and graduate students from multiple disciplines to investigate the important role of the law in social, political, economic, and cultural life. The group provides a forum to hold discussions, present works in progress, and host speakers in a broad range of topics, including the history of legislation and court decisions, theories of justice, methods of constitutional interpretation, law enforcement and the carceral system, international law, and contemporary legal debates.
Convenor: Dr. Katherine Unterman, History
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 technological society.
Convenors: 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. Kathy Torabi, Dr. Noah Peterson, 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. Shawna Ross, Hyungjung Kim, 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; Dr. Martin Peterson, Philosophy
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, Firooz Jafari, 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.
Convenors: Dr. Jyotsna Vaid, Psychology; Gisele Cardoso de Lemos, Sociology
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, Kaitlyn Ross, History
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- Invited speakers and workshops
- Pre-conference practice presentations
- Workshopping papers and works-in-progress
- Workshops to enhance different research skills for graduate students
- Collaborative grant-writing, e.g., T3 grant proposals
- Collaborative publications
- Reaching beyond the humanities to collaborate with other units at TAMU
- Collaborating with other institutions working in similar areas of interest
- Reading books/articles; having graduate students introduce readings to the group
- Public-facing events, e.g., in and with community groups
- Field trips
- Co-sponsor larger events with other TAMU units
The Glasscock Center is introducing a Working Group Capstone Grant for our currently funded working groups. These grants are available to working groups that would like to culminate or ‘cap’ their activities with a major event in the form of a workshop, collaborative grant-writing activity with external faculty, a symposium or small conference. It is expected that the event will complete the working group’s activities, and that the working group will not be renewed. Two grants of $3000 each will be available annually,
with a deadline of January 31st on a rolling basis for 2020-21.
The capstone event should support interdisciplinary research and scholarship for faculty and students. The Center expects that the event will be of short duration (one or two days); involve scholars from outside Texas A&M University; and be free and open to the public. It is normally expected that the event/activity will take place in the academic year following the grant deadline.
Eligibility: The grant is only open to working groups which are concluding their activities.
Please note: you may not apply for funding through the Co-sponsorship, Symposium and Small Conference, Notable Lecture, or Campus Diversity grant programs to fund this capstone activity.
Instructions: Applications should be submitted by the working groups convenor/s, in discussion with their working group members. Complete and submit the application here.