Planetary Health and the Humanities Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS
The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research invites abstracts for its “Planetary Health and the Humanities” conference to be held at Texas A&M University on March 31 and April 1, 2022.

Keynote speaker: Nancy Tuana (Penn State University). Invited speakers: ​​Jamie Draper (University of Oxford), Rosemary Jolly (Penn State University), Michelle Meyer (Texas A&M University), Nicole Redvers (University of North Dakota), Omar Rivera (Texas A&M University), Krithika Srinivasan (University of Edinburgh).

The Glasscock Center at Texas A&M University is dedicated to supporting and fostering cross-disciplinary research in the humanities, and its current initiatives focus, respectively, on global healthenvironment, and the public humanities. Growing concerns over environmental degradation and the effects of climate change and habitat loss have led to emerging cross-disciplinary research into the direct impacts of environmental decline on health in relation to human and more-than-human ecologies.

The conference will begin with a keynote address on the evening of March 31st and feature both invited scholars as well as six accepted fifteen-minute papers to present in three panels throughout the day on April 1st. The Glasscock Center especially encourages submissions in the following areas:Indigenous and decolonial approaches to planetary healthPandemics, ecology & wellbeingClimate change and planetary healthWe invite individuals from every discipline and profession interested in advancing scholarship, teaching, and a general understanding of the connections between ecological health and human health. More specific topics which we welcome include, but are not limited to: environmental justice, global justice, environmental inequality, impacts of global climate change on health, environmental disasters, displacement and climate refugees, food insecurity, access to nutrition, ecological dimensions of physical and mental health, ecological degradation and pandemics, nature-based solutions, zoonotic disease transfer, biopolitics, economic dimensions of planetary health, and black, indigenous, decolonial, and feminist approaches to planetary health.

This conference is free and open to the public. It will be held in person on Texas A&M’s campus, but to help accommodate our international participants and participants encountering difficulty traveling, we are equipped for hybrid presentations should circumstances necessitate. Graduate students whose papers are accepted will receive a bursary to help defray accommodation and travel expenses. Information about the conference appears on the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research website here.

Submissions should take the form of an abstract of no longer than 200 words, five keywords, and the applicant’s name, affiliation, and email address. Abstracts must be submitted through this Google Form.

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE BY FEBRUARY 4, 2022.

Plants, People, and the Humanities

This series of events explores research in the humanities and other disciplines concerning the relationship between people and plants. The series is hosted by the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative. During 2021-2022, LAND features as our main theme and, through it, we explore the deep, foundational role that plants play in the ecosystems that support life on Earth. These events highlight the variety of human-plant relationships—from individual relationships like those experienced in a garden, to broad, societal relationships and dependencies on land like agriculture and forestry—and how these relationships are expressed through different worldviews and contexts.

Series flyer

Humanities & Science Exchanges: Human-Plant Relationships

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Leach Teaching Gardens Pavilion, Texas A&M campus
4:15-6:15pm

Please RSVP at tx.ag/PlantsRSVP

Speakers: Dr. Allison Hopkins (Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M) & Dr. Kenneth R. Hurst (Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)

4:15 PM: Opening and Introductions

4:30 – 5:15 PM: Discussion between speakers

5:15 – 5:40 PM: Q&A

5:40 PM: Closing Remarks

5:45 – 6:15 PM: Attendees tour the gardens

Exploring People-Plant Relationships in the Arts and Philosophy

Friday, November 5, 2021
Zoom Webinar | Register at tx.ag/PlantsRegistration
10:00am – 1:15pm Central Time

This webinar, hosted by the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, features talks and discussion by artists and philosophers exploring people-plant relationships in gardens and the rural landscape.

10:00: Dr. Emily Brady (Texas A&M), Opening remarks

10:10-10:50: Dr. Isis Brook (Crossfields Institute) | “Engaging with the Plant Realm”

10:50-11:10: Q&A

11:10-11:20: Break

11:20-12:00: Dr. Reiko Goto and Dr. Tim Collins (Collins & Goto Studio) | “Ancient boglands and the Irish peat industry: Does Culture Mitigate Ecocide?”

12.00-12.20: Q&A

12:20-12:30: Break

12:30-12:50: Dr. Marcello Di Paola (University of Palermo), Respondent

12:50-1:15: Closing discussion

Coastal Communities and Justice

Coastal Communities and Justice

As part of the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. We are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center to present this series.

 Seadrift (2019) film screening

Directed by Tim Tsai and winner of numerous awards, including the 2019 Texas Visionary Award and Best Documentary feature at the Indie and Foreign Film Festival 2019.

“In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese arrival in the U.S. Seadrift is a feature documentary that examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.”

Please RSVP for a free link to view the film, which will be available one week before the Q&A event on October 22. Additional viewing options herehttps://www.seadriftfilm.com/watch

Thursday, October 22, 5:00-6.30pm  Seadrift Q&A and Discussion

Chair: Emily Brady (Glasscock Center/Philosophy, Texas A&M

Tim Tsai, Seadrift Director

Thao Ha, Seadrift Associate Director and Professor of Sociology, MiraCosta College

Webinar. Please RSVP for link.

Friday, October 30, 12:00-1:30pm  Coastal Communities and Justice Roundtable

Chair: Michelle Meyer (Director, Hazard and Reduction Recovery Center, Texas A&M)

Deidra D. Davis (Landscape and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)

Clare Palmer (Philosophy, Texas A&M)

Carlee Purdum (Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M)

Joy Semien (Urban and Regional Science/HRRC, Texas A&M)

Webinar. Please RSVP for link.

Friday, November 6, 1:00-2:30pm

“Coastal communities, major environmental change, and inherent resilience: insights from the Fukushima coast”

Leslie Mabon (Marine Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands)

Chair: Emily Brady

Zoom link: https://tamu.zoom.us/j/96950354619

Oceanic Humanities Symposium

November 7-8th, Texas A&M University

PROGRAM

Keynote speakers: Helen Rozwadowski and Laura Winkiel

In tandem with urgent calls for the protection of oceans, seas, and coastal communities from the effects of global warming and pollution, humanities and humanistic social science disciplines have been experiencing an ‘oceanic’ or ‘blue’ turn. Recent work in history, literary studies, philosophy, cultural geography, anthropology, communication, and the arts has produced a vibrant body of research exploring relationships between marine spaces, species, and people. New conversations have emerged between the humanities and the natural sciences, sparking imagination and critical engagement with respect to issues and topics marginalized by land-based scholarship. This symposium seeks to foster cross-disciplinary conversations among faculty, invited speakers, and students at Texas A&M, as well as the broader community, with respect to the histories, poetics, and conservation futures of the planet’s oceans.

Humanities: Land Sea Space – Exploratory Forum

Join us at the Glasscock Center on December 6th & 7th for this exploratory forum and contribute your ideas to our newest initiative!

In a world of climate change and the Anthropocene, pressing global issues concerning environmental and intergenerational justice, nature-society relationships, more-than-human ethics, and coastal and island communities – among many others – call upon the critical methods of the humanities, as well as perspectives from the social and natural sciences. As a new Glasscock Center initiative, Humanities: Land Sea Space will catalyze innovative research across a variety of disciplines and contexts at Texas A&M and beyond, and contribute to current debates in the environmental humanities, blue/marine humanities, geohumanities, energy humanities, and public humanities. The aim of this forum is to explore research and ideas for the new initiative, Humanities: Land Sea Space.

For more information, visit: glasscock.tamu.edu/initiatives/hlss/

Thurs. Dec. 6
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

  • 4:00-4:15
    • Welcome | Dr. Emily Brady (Glasscock Center/Philosophy)
  • 4:15-5:30
    • “Epigenetic Life: At the Intersection of Postgenomics, Anthropocene & Deregulation”
      Keynote | Dr. Becky Mansfield (Geography, Ohio State University)
  • 5:30-6:00
    • Reception

Fri. Dec. 7
Location: 311 Glasscock Building

  • 9:30-10:00
    • “Sustainable Communities, Resilience, and Justice”
      ​Dr. Phil Berke (Institute for Sustainable Communities)
  • 10:00-10:30
    • “A Multi-Method Investigation of American Evangelical Christians’ Environmental Attitudes”
      Dr. Robin Globus Veldman (Religious Studies)
  • 10:30-10:45
    • Coffee Break
  • 10:45-11:15
    • “Occupying Nature: The Politics of the Environment in American Occupied Germany”
      Douglas Bell (History)
  • 11:15-11:45
    • “Wild animals, ethics, and climate change”
      ​Dr. Clare Palmer (Philosophy)
  • 11:45-12:15
    • “’Natural’ Identities in the Early Caribbean: Birthplace, Borders, and Loyalty on Land and at Sea”
      ​Dr. April Hatfield (History)
  • 12:15-1:30
    • Lunch
  • 1:30-3:30
    • Roundtable Discussion and Q&A
      • Dr. Christian Brannstrom (Geography)
      • Dr. Jessica Howell (Glasscock Center/English)
      • Dr. Becky Mansfield
      • Dr. Clare Palmer
      • Dr. Pam Plotkin (Sea Grant/Oceanography)

Free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

Ruth Carbonette Yow receives the Nineteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University has awarded the Nineteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Ruth Carbonette Yow, for her book Students of the Dream: Resegregation in a Southern City, published by Harvard University Press in 2017.

Dr. Yow is a historian and ethnographer of justice struggles and public education. She has a PhD in American Studies and African American Studies from Yale University. Dr. Yow continues to work with the youth who populate the pages of Students of the Dream through her service as a board member and volunteer with Marietta YELLS (Youth Empowerment through Learning, Leading, and Serving). She also teaches and tutors with a prison education nonprofit, Common Good Atlanta. Her current position as Service Learning and Partnerships Specialist at Georgia Tech’s Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain allows her to engage her background in equity and community-based movements to facilitate transformative teaching, learning, and long-term projects across the campus and the city of Atlanta. Students of the Dream was a finalist for the Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize and shortlisted for the Victor Turner Prize.

Dr. Yow will be visiting Texas A&M 27-29th March 2019 to receive the award and participate in campus and community events in celebration of the prize. For further details: glasscock.tamu.edu

Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Research

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University invites publishers to submit works for consideration for the nineteenth annual book prize, which will be awarded to an interdisciplinary scholarly monograph in humanities studies published by a single author in 2017. The application deadline is June 15th, 2018. For more information, visit the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research here:

http://glasscock.tamu.edu/bookprize_call/

Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series

‘Advances in farm animals research on emotions: animal welfare science and technology challenging the role of farmed animals in current agricultural practices and policies’

Professor Mara Miele (Cardiff)

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/people/view/363261-miele-mara

Date: Wednesday October 18th.

Time: 4.15-5.30pm

Place: 2.05, Ogilvie Room, Geography Building, Drummond Street

Co-hosted by the Cultural and Historical Geography Research Group and the Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series, University of Edinburgh.