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.
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.
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
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: