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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.

Edinburgh Animal Studies Lecture Series 2017

Wednesday 24th May, 3-5pm

‘Of Islands, Ecology, and Immunity: The Lost Maples of Big Bend’

Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor, Department of English, Rice University

Cary Wolfe’s research interests span animal studies and posthumanism, systems theory and pragmatism, biopolitics and biophilosophy, and American literature and culture. His books and edited/co-edited collections include: Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (2003); Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (2003); The Other Emerson (2010); What Is Posthumanism? (2010); Before the Law: Humans and Other Animals in a Biopolitical Frame (2012).

 Thursday 15th June, 3-5pm

‘Animal Rights and Global Justice’

Alasdair Cochrane, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Sheffield Animal Studies Research Centre, University of Sheffield

Alasdair Cochrane’s main research interests are contemporary political theory, rights theory, human rights, environmental ethics, animal ethics and bioethics. He is the author of An Introduction to Animals and Political Theory (2010) and Animal Rights without Liberation (2012). In 2014, he was an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.

Wednesday 5th July, 3-5pm

‘Should we provide the bear necessities? Climate change, wild animals, and the ethics of supplementary feeding’ 

Clare Palmer, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A&M University

Clare Palmer works at the intersection of environmental ethics and animal ethics. Her books and edited/co-edited collections include: Animal Ethics in Context (2010); Killing Animals (2006); Animal Rights (2008); Veterinary Science: Humans, Animals and Health (2011); Linking Ecology and Ethics for a Changing World (2014); Companion Animal Ethics (2015).

 All lectures take place in room 2.13, Geography Building (High School Yards, Drummond Street, Edinburgh). The lectures are free and open to all.

 Supported by the Institute of Geography and the Lived Environment, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. Organized by Emily Brady and Krithika Srinivasan.

Scottish Aesthetics Forum

Hans Maes (Kent): Portraits of Philosophers and the Philosophy of Portraits
6th April 2017 – 4:00 pm, University of Edinburgh,
G.009, Richard Verney Health Centre
7 Bristo Square

Abstract
This paper presents a close analysis of Steve Pyke’s famous series of portraits of philosophers. By comparing his photographs to other well-known series of portraits and to other portraits of philosophers we will seek a better understanding of the distinctiveness and fittingness of Pyke’s project. With brief nods to Barthes, Baudrillard, Berger, Hegel, and Schopenhauer and an extensive critical investigation of Cynthia Freeland’s ideas on portraiture in general and her reading of Steve Pyke’s portraits in particular this paper will also aim to make a contribution to the philosophical debate on portraiture.

Dinesh Wadiwel talk

The Institute of Geography invites you to a talk ‘Animals as Labourers? Marx, Work and Nonhumans’ by Dr. Dinesh Wadiwel, University of Sydney

Date and time: Friday, 3rd February 2017; 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm

Venue: G10 Drummond Library, Institute of Geography, Drummond Street

Abstract: The recent ‘political turn’ in animal rights theory has also opened up possibilities for conceptualising animals as a social justice issue within the context of social and political institutions. This paper explores the potential of using theory from Karl Marx to think about animal labour under capitalism. In Capital Marx draws a fundamental distinction between constant capital and variable capital (comprising the so called “organic composition of capital”). In this account, it is the latter category of capital that is reflective of human labour, and only variable capital is capable of producing surplus. Against this view a range of scholars – such as Ted Benton, Jason Hribal, Kendra Coulter, Alasdair Cochrane, and Barbara Noske – have proposed animals as labouring subjects. In addition, a range of other recent scholars – such as Melinda Cooper and Jason Moore – have provided new grounds for rethinking Marxist thinking on labour, and moving this discussion beyond the human. This paper seeks to extend on this work. Drawing on Marx, I will argue in a technical sense that animals labour as variable capital to both produce surplus and simultaneously to reproduce themselves as constant capital to be exchanged at the next phase of a value chain. I will examine live animal transport as a way to demonstrate this dynamic. I will further argue that this perspective offers some novel ways to consider the exploitation of animals, and offers animal advocates some different ways to argue for change.

Dr. Dinesh Wadiwel is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney. His research interests include violence, race, disability rights and critical animal studies. He is author of the monograph The War against Animals (Brill, 2015).