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The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research

at Texas A&M University


he Glasscock Center is dedicated to fostering and celebrating the humanities and humanities research among the community of scholars at Texas A&M University and in the world beyond the academy.

TABLE OF CONTENTS Letter from the Director................................................ 3 About the “Journeys” Theme........................................ 4 Glasscock Center Annual Events.............................. 4-6 Faculty Grants and Awards..........................................7-9 Graduate Student Grants and Awards................ 10-12 Undergraduate Student Grants and Awards............ 13 General Grants and Awards................................... 14-15 People of the Glasscock Center.................................. 15 Advisory Committee...................................................... 15 Development Council.................................................... 15

MISSION The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research is dedicated to fostering and celebrating the humanities and humanities research among the community of scholars at Texas A&M University and in the world beyond the academy. In addition to bringing scholars together around a particular theme for lecture series and symposia, the Glasscock Center awards annually a national book prize, the Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship, and supports humanities students and faculty at Texas A&M University with a number of funding opportunities. These include fellowships, travel awards, publication grants, and cosponsorship grants. Fellows and grant recipients are integral to the Center’s programs and activities, such as weekly coffees, monthly colloquia, and humanities working groups.

HISTORY OF THE MELBERN G. GLASSCOCK CENTER FOR HUMANITIES RESEARCH Growing from the Interdisciplinary Group for Historical Literary Studies, founded in 1987, the Center for Humanities Research was created by the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University in 1999 and received a naming endowment in 2002. This name change recognizes an extraordinary gift from Melbern G. Glasscock ’59 and Susanne M. Glasscock, which constitutes a sustaining endowment for the Center.

Melbern G. ’59 and Susanne M. Glasscock


The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and is located on the third floor of the Glasscock Building on the Texas A&M University Campus.

FROM THE DIRECTOR During the year 2009-2010, the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research completed its two-year consideration of “Journeys” as a theme. The Internal Faculty Fellows from spring 2009 held a dynamic workshop in the fall, “Journeys to New Ideas,” for which all four fellows invited a scholar from outside the university to critique their recent work. This workshop offered a productive new model for the Fellows’ fall event. The workshop moreover merely hinted at the paths to be followed the rest of the year, with striking “Journeys” lectures from Thomas Tweed and Roxanne Euben, one on transnational religion and one on travel and Muslim cosmopolitanism. Our annual spring symposium, “Encounters along the Journey,” featured two external keynote speakers and also the research of half a dozen Texas A&M faculty (five of them assistant professors) who in very different fashions address journeys in their scholarship. All spring the new Internal Faculty Fellows met weekly in the Center as they pursued their own research into journeys. The past year was also one of new welcomes and a regrettable departure. On the latter score, the Center’s first Associate Director, Donnalee Dox, who also served in fall 2009 as Acting Director in my absence on leave, stepped down at semester’s end, when she returned to her position in the Department of Performance Studies and took on the directorship of the Religious Studies Program. Considering the profound impact Donnalee made in the Center and on our activities since 2005, her department and Religious Studies will be as much enriched by her presence as we will miss it. On a brighter side, we welcomed the addition of Susan Egenolf, Associate Professor of English, as our new Associate Director, and of Donna Malak, who fills the newly created position of Communications Specialist. The smooth running of the Center in Fall 2009 reflects the skills and dedication of Donnalee, Susan, and Donna (as well as the rest of our staff), and the ease of my re-entry in the spring reflects the way in which the latter two effortlessly integrated into the flow of business here. The breadth of research supported by the Glasscock Center comes through clearly in the pages that follow, as does the fact that, while we are a unit housed in the College of Liberal Arts, we foster the humanities and humanities research wherever it occurs in the university. Our co-sponsorships are open to anyone – from undergraduates to community bodies – seeking support in bringing humanities scholars and scholarship to the public. In keeping with the imperatives of Vision 2020, we respond eagerly to requests for speakers who bring diverse and international perspectives to compelling questions of humanistic concern. Moreover, the projects of those Texas A&M students and faculty who receive our direct awards reveal an astonishing range, in disciplinary, chronological, national, and many other terms. The Glasscock Center’s Humanities Working Groups (twenty-two in number last year) provide only one index of the insistently interdisciplinary approach we adopt, and they also manifest our conviction that the most productive research arises from the grassroots. Collegiality and intellectual exchange lie at the heart of Glasscock Center, evident in everything from our Wednesday morning coffees to our colloquia of works in progress to the use made of our Library and Conference Room for all sorts of events by colleagues from across campus. The annual Glasscock Humanities Book Prize and, latterly, activities supported by the Buttrill Fund for Ethics, along with our membership in the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes and in the National Humanities Alliance, have brought a measure of national and even international recognition to the Center. But more than any single initiative or program, it is the endeavors of individual scholars, both students and faculty (many working across disciplines and some in collaborative efforts, to be sure), which have given sustenance to the Glasscock Center and allowed it in turn to play a part in so many fruitful intellectual journeys.

James Rosenheim Director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and Professor of History, Texas A&M University


Glasscock Center Annual Events ABOUT THE 2009-2010 THEME:


From fall 2008 through spring 2010, the Glasscock Center explored the theme of “Journeys.” This theme broadly embraced considerations metaphorical and literal, contemporary and historical, on such topics as migration, travel, exile, transportation, exploration, tourism, border crossing, voyages through time, quests, rituals of passage, and biographical narrative. A two-year lecture series and symposia in spring of 2009 and 2010 focused on topics related to “Journeys.” Faculty receiving Investigative Course Grants also addressed “Journeys” in the classroom.


Journeys to NEW IDEAS On Friday, 16 October 2009, the 2008-2009 Internal Faculty Fellows presented a workshop based on their research during their tenure as fellows in the Glasscock Center in spring 2009.

“JOURNEYS” LECTURE SERIES On 19 November 2009, Thomas A. Tweed delivered a public lecture about religion and transnationalism, and the religious life of migrants from Latin America and Asia to the United States.

Thomas A. Tweed | Religious Studies, University of Texas, Austin

“Crossing and Dwelling: Reflections on a Transnational Theory of Religion” On 24 March 2010, Roxanne L. Euben delivered a public lecture on comparative political theory and Middle Eastern politics.

Internal Faculty Fellows Workshop

SESSION I Claire Katz | Philosophy, Texas A&M University “Education, Humanism, and the Return to Jewish Wisdom” Discussant: Martin Kavka | Religion, Florida State University

SESSION II Leah DeVun | History, Texas A&M University “The Limits of Sex: Hermaphrodites and History in the Premodern World”

Roxanne L. Euben | Political Science,

Discussant: Kathleen Long | Romance Studies, Cornell University

“Travel, Comparative Knowledge, and Muslim Cosmopolitanism”

SESSION III April Hatfield | History, Texas A&M University “Borders and Identities in the Early Modern Caribbean”

Wellesley College

Discussant: Alexander X. Byrd | History, Rice University

SESSION IV Robert Shandley | European and Classical Languages and Cultures, Texas A&M University

“Beyond the Past: German Event Television, Moral Ambiguity, and Historical Indifference” Discussant: Lutz Koepnick | Germanic Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis

“Journeys” Lecture Series




along the Journey

an Interdisciplinary Symposium On Friday, 23 April 2010, the Glasscock Center held its annual Spring Symposium. Presenters examined the cultural, religious, ideological, national, political, and ethnic identities people bring to a journey, how those identities shape the journey, how individuals are transformed by encounters on a journey, and how texts and ideas alter – and are altered by – individuals or social groups. PANEL I: ENCOUNTERS AT HISTORICAL MOMENTS KEYNOTE SPEAKER W. Caleb McDaniel | History, Rice University “Saltwater Antislavery: Abolitionist Journeys on the Atlantic Ocean in the Age of Steam”


The Digital Humanities consortium builds on interdisciplinary collaboration between current projects and existing research centers and aims to expand in a synergistic manner the role of information technology research at Texas A&M University. 28 October 2009 B. Stephen Carpenter and Trina Davis | Teaching, Learning, and Culture, Texas A&M University

“Digital Humanities in the Metaverse: A Report on the Design, Implementation, and the Future of Glasscock Island” 16 February 2010 Willard McCarty | Humanities Computing, King’s College, London “The pasts, present and futures of the digital humanities” 26 February 2010 Bernard Frischer | Classics, University of Virginia and Virtual World Heritage Laboratory

“‘Rome Reborn’: A Case Study in Digital Documentation and Publication” 21 April 2010 Colin Allen | History and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University – Bloomington

PANELISTS Glenn Chambers | History, Texas A&M University “Reimagining the Caribbean: West Indian Immigration to Latin America and Changing Perceptions of Race, Nation, and Culture, 1890-1940” Alston Thoms | Anthropology, Texas A&M University “Remarkable Respect among New World Conquistadors: Reflections on Cabeza de Vaca’s American Transcontinental Journey, 1528-1537”

“Machines That Seem to Care: Sci Phi not Sci Fi”

“Machines That Seem to Care: Sci Phi not Sci Fi”

Mikko Tuhkanen | English and Africana Studies Program, Texas A&M University

“Richard Wright and the Speed of Decolonization” PANEL II: ENCOUNTERS WITH CULTURE AND IDENTITY KEYNOTE SPEAKER Geraldine Heng | English, University of Texas, Austin

“Sex, Lies, and Paradise: the Assassins, Global Pasts, and the Fabulation of Civilizational Identities” PANELISTS Stephen Caffey | Architecture, Texas A&M University “‘Taken on the Spot’: Imaginative Proximity and Progressive Remoteness in Anglophone Representations of India” Cara Wallis | Communication, Texas A&M University “Mobile Technologies, Mobile Bodies – New Media and Young Rural-to-Urban Migrant Women in China”

A view of the Rome Reborn 2.0 model showing the western plaza of the Colosseum dominated by the bronze statue of the Sun God. Model copyright 2008 by The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved. Photograph copyright 2009 by Past Perfect Productions Srl. All rights reserved.

Angela Pulley Hudson | History, Texas A&M University “Okah Tubbee’s Traveling Indian Show”


Glasscock Center Annual Events, continued ELEVENTH ANNUAL SUSANNE M. GLASSCOCK HUMANITIES BOOK PRIZE FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY SCHOLARSHIP Number of submissions received: 28 The eleventh annual nationally competitive interdisciplinary book prize was awarded to Christopher S. Wood for Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (University of Chicago Press, 2008). In his book, Wood crafts an engrossing study of how thinking about ideas of time, art, and originality were transformed by the advent of new technologies, such as woodcut, copper engraving, and movable type, which made mass replication possible.

MARY JANE AND CARROL O. BUTTRILL ’38 ENDOWED FUND FOR ETHICS EVENTS BUTTRILL ETHICS LECTURE On 3 March 2010, David Zarefsky gave a public lecture to a large crowd at the Glasscock Center. Professor Zarefsky is an expert in the history and criticism of American public discourse.

David Zarefsky | Communication Studies, Northwestern University “What’s Civil about Civil Discourse?”

HUMANITIES BOOK PRIZE LECTURE Christopher S. Wood was the recipient of the eleventh annual prize for his book, Forgery, Replica, Fiction: Temporalities of German Renaissance Art (University of Chicago Press, 2008). Wood gave a public lecture and accepted the book prize on Wednesday, 17 February 2010.

Christopher S. Wood | History of Art, Yale University “The Plural Temporality of the Artwork” HUMANITIES BOOK PRIZE OUTSIDE READER LECTURE Susan Amussen was the outside reader on the Glasscock Book Prize committee and presented a lecture on Thursday, 18 February 2010.

David Zarefsky ethics lecture

Susan Amussen | Social Sciences,

BUTTRILL ETHICS ROUNDTABLE On 14 April 2010, a panel of scholars from Texas A&M University discussed ethical issues that arise when talking about difference in a university setting.

Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced

“Violence, Gender and Race in the Seventeenth-Century English Atlantic” Susan Amussen lecture

“Unspoken Conversations: The Ethics of Talking about Difference on a University Campus” J. Kevin Barge | Communication Antonio Cepeda-Benito | Psychology, Dean of Faculties Ashley Currier | Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program Donnalee Dox | Performance Studies, Religious Studies Program Christine Stanley | Higher Education Administration, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity

James Rosenheim and Christopher Wood at the Book Prize award presentation


Buttrill Ethics roundtable


Four Faculty Fellows received a semester’s relief from teaching and a $1,000 stipend to pursue projects related to the Glasscock Center’s theme for the year, “Journeys.” The Fellows met weekly during their release semester and organized a symposium in fall 2010 featuring their research.

“Key to pushing my work forward was the weekly fellows’ discussion group which provided a forum to engage with others’ ideas about journeys and share our own processes of intellectual discovery.” Nancy Plankey Videla, Internal Faculty Fellow, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University

Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss | History

“France at the Edges: Life in France’s Atlantic Port Cities, 1760-1830” Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss, associate professor (as of fall 2010) in the Department of History, continued work on “France at the Edges: Life in France’s Atlantic Port Cities, 1760-1830,” a project that explored connections among the French Caribbean (including French Guiana), French North America, continental France, and French West Africa during the so-called Age of Empire. She focused on shifts in administrative personnel, in volume of trade, and in port demographics around the Atlantic rim (Saint Pierre, Martinique; New Orleans, Louisiana; Cayenne, French Guiana; Bordeaux, France, and Saint-Louis/Gorée, Senegal).

David McWhirter | English

“‘Part of Some Larger Continuity’: Welty’s Journeys” David McWhirter, associate professor in the Department of English, worked on a book-length study of Eudora Welty (1909-2001). “‘Part of Some Larger Continuity’: Welty’s Journeys” examines the multiple narrative, discursive, and symbolic functions of travel in Welty’s fiction. His study explores how representations of travel function in Welty’s texts as alternative discourses of women’s history and desire, as sites for rethinking the meaning of “home,” and as opportunities to reconceptualize long-standard approaches to “the South” and to regionalism more generally.

Neha Vora | Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program

“The Arab/American University: Instituting Globalized Higher Education in the Gulf Arab States” Neha Vora, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, explored the negotiations and challenges that accompany the journeys of American universities into the Gulf Arab States, a trend that has taken off in the past few years. She investigated forms of identification and citizenship—local, global, religious, and gendered—that emerge in the classrooms of these universities, and the unique dialogues developed by students and faculty members engaged in the “Arab/American university” experience.

Nancy Plankey Videla | Sociology

“Learning from the Past, Looking towards the Future: Feminist Ethnography and the Issue of Consent” Nancy Plankey Videla, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, pursued the question “Can there be a feminist ethnography?” in her project “Learning from the Past, Looking towards the Future: Feminist Ethnography and the Issue of Consent.” She contemplated her time spent in a garment firm in Mexico and explored questions such as what does consent mean in shifting relational contexts; can ethnography be ethical and/or feminist; and can critical ethnography become politically engaged in support of disadvantaged groups?


Awards to faculty and students supplemented external humanities research grants of up to $5,000 with matches of up to $1,000. Hoi-eun Kim | History “Cure for Empire: A Social and Cultural History of Patent Medicine in Modern Germany and Japan” Patricia Phillippy | English “Women in Document and Monument: Manuscript and Monumental Circles in Early Modern England”


The Glasscock Center and the Texas A&M University Library’s Sterling C. Evans Chair jointly awarded $10,000 to support an innovative faculty project that incorporates digital technology. Heidi Campbell | Communication “The New Media, Religion & Digital Culture Project”


Awards of $1,000 each are offered to support humanities research projects conducted by lecturers, visiting and adjunct faculty employed by Texas A&M University. Donald J. Curtis, Jr. | History “Paper Presentation at Freies Universität Berlin” Jennifer Garland | English “Imagining Identity and Language in a Global World” David Shane Wallace | English “An Edition of Copway’s American Indian”



Awards of up to $1,000 each for travel to archives or fieldwork were made to faculty in affiliated departments. Armando Alonzo | History “Texas and Northern Mexico: Rise of a Transnational Society and Economy, 1848-1941” Jayson Beaster-Jones | Performance Studies

“Selling Music: Commodity Genres and the Marketplace in Neoliberal India” Tasha N. Dubriwny | Communication “Postfeminist Risk: ‘Vulnerable/Empowered’ Woman of Health Discourse” Brian Imhoff | Hispanic Studies “Madrid MS. for edition of Diego de Trujillo’s ‘Relacion del descubrimiento del reyno del Peru” Tazim Jamal | Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences

“Developing a Culture of Sustainability in the Destination Community of Canmore, Canada” Claire Katz | Philosophy “Levinas and the Crisis in Humanism” Robert Mackin | Sociology “Secularization and the Structuring of the Public Sphere in Mexico” Britt Mize | English “The Textual Problems of Henry Medwall’s ‘Fulgens and Lucres’” Anne Morey | English “Women’s Eroticism in 1920s Film and Literature” Jason Parker | History “Wilson’s Curse: Communalism, Nationalism, and the End of Empire in Postwar Third World Federations”

“The field trips funded by the Glasscock Center excited classroom dialogue and made the academic material come alive.” Kathryn Henderson, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Texas A&M University



Awards of up to $1,000 each were made to cover expenses such as indexing, permissions, translation, creation or reproduction of graphics and editorial services for manuscripts that have been accepted for publication or are in press. Tommy J. Curry | Philosophy Edition of William H. Ferris’s The African Abroad or, His Evolution in Western Civilization (Fordham University Press, forthcoming) Angela Pulley Hudson | History Creek Paths and Federal Roads: Indians, Settlers, and Slaves and the Making of the American South (The University of North Carolina Press, 2010) Jennifer R. Mercieca | Communication Founding Fictions (University of Alabama Press, 2010) Colleen Murphy | Philosophy A Moral Theory of Political Reconciliation (Cambridge University Press, 2010) Michael R. Waters | Anthropology A Clovis Workshop in Central Texas: Archaeological Investigations at the Gault Site (Texas A&M University Press, forthcoming) Joan Wolf | Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Is Breast Best? Taking on the Breastfeeding Experts and the New High Stakes of Motherhood (NYU Press, forthcoming)


Up to three faculty members may receive $750 to support development of a course that engages ethical questions throughout the semester.


Up to three faculty members may receive a $1,000 bursary and $500 for pedagogical support to adapt an existing course or create a new course that investigates the Center’s current theme. Kathryn Henderson | Sociology “An Ecofeminist Journey towards Global Citizenship”


Fortnightly meetings of work-in-progress colloquia were held throughout the year. Texas A&M University humanities faculty from six different departments presented their work. FALL 2009 Claudia Nelson | English “The Child-Man, the Victorian Family, and Social Threat” Claire Katz | Philosophy “Levinas and the ‘Crisis of Humanism’” Terry Hoagwood | English “Love, Work, Law, and Counsellor at Law ” Dan Humphrey | Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Film Studies

“In and Out or: The Ambiguity of the Jewel” Benjamin McMyler | Philosophy “The Epistemic Significance of Address” SPRING 2010 Rola el-Husseini | Bush School “Hezbollah and the Axis of Refusal” Kevin Glowacki | Architecture “Peripatos and Pelargikon: The Topography of Cult on the Slopes of the Acropolis” Nandini Bhattacharya | English “Nation Misplaced: Film, Time and Space in South Asian Decolonization”

Hilaire Kallendorf | Hispanic Studies “A Spanish Conversation Course on Ethical Dilemmas”

Christian Brannstrom | Geography “Contested Ideas for Irrigated Agriculture in Early-Twentieth-Century South Texas”

Barbara Sharf | Communication M. Carolyn Clark | Educational Administration

Margaret Woosnam | Architecture “The Forgotten Architect: Exploring and Addressing Challenges Females Face in Architectural Practices and Faculty Positions”

and Human Resource Development

“Advanced Qualitative Research: Narrative Analysis”


Stipendiary Fellows were selected by departments and interdisciplinary programs affiliated with the Glasscock Center. The Stipendiary Fellows participated in the Glasscock Center’s activities and received research stipends of $1,500 each. AFRICANA STUDIES


Mikko Tuhkanen | English and Africana “Afrobecomings: Thinking Futurity in Literatures of the African Diaspora”

Christian Brannstrom | Geography “The Making of an Irrigated Agricultural Landscape in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, 1900-1945”



Studies Program

Shelley Wachsmann | Anthropology “The Gurob Ship Model” ARCHITECTURE

Kevin Glowacki | Architecture “Early Travelers to Greece and the Sacred Landscape of Athens” COMMUNICATION

Aisha Durham | Communication “Hip Hop Feminism and Communication Studies” COMPARATIVE LITERATURE Hilaire Kallendorf | Hispanic Studies

“‘What Should I Do?’: Wise Counsel from the Confessional for (Early) Modern Moral Dilemmas” CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE Di Wang | History

“Public Life under Socialism: Teahouses in Revolutionary and Reformist Chengdu, 1950-2000” DIGITAL HUMANITIES Amy Earhart | English

“Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of the Digital Humanities” ENGLISH

Emily Johansen | English “The Invisible Cosmopolitanism: Cultural Representation of the Cosmopolitan Underclass” David McWhirter | English “‘Part of Some Larger Continuity’: Eudora Welty’s Journeys” Mary Ann O’Farrell | English “The Tense of Criticism” Patricia Phillippy | English “‘Monumental Circles’ in Early Modern England” Vanita Reddy | English “Mapping Indian Femininities: Cultural Politics in the Making of a Postcolonial Feminine Erotic” EUROPEAN AND CLASSICAL LANGUAGES AND CULTURES Melanie Hawthorne | European and Classical Languages and Cultures

“Memory and Loss: The Centenary of the Death of Renée Vivien”

Verónica Loureiro-Rodríguez | Hispanic Studies

“Constructing Identity in High School: Language Shift among Galician-Speaking Adolescents”

RECREATION, PARK, AND TOURISM SCIENCES Rudy Dunlap | Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences

“Slow Leisure: Exploring Slow Food as Leisure Education” RELIGIOUS STUDIES Kate Engel | History

“Breaking Ties: The Protestant International and the American Revolution” SOCIOLOGY

Ashley Currier | Sociology, Women’s and


Gender Studies Program

Felipe Hinojosa | History “Work of ‘National Importance’: Civilian Public Service and Religious Identities in Puerto Rico, 1943-1958”

“Liberating Men and Masculinity: Southern African Freedom Fighters’ ‘Struggle Masculinities’”

Ada Palmer | History “Christian Reception of Atomistic Physics examined through Renaissance Manuscripts of Lucretius” INSTITUTE FOR PACIFIC ASIA Marty Regan | Performance Studies

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES Neha Vora | Anthropology, Women’s and Gender Studies Program

“The Arab/American University: Instituting Globalized Higher Education in the Gulf Arab States”

“Hokuto International Music Festival 2009 Asia Ensemble Commission Project” INTERNATIONAL STUDIES PROGRAM Cynthia Werner | Anthropology

“Mobility, Immobility and Return Migration: Transnational Migration among Mongolian Kazakhs” PERFORMANCE STUDIES

Jayson Beaster-Jones | Performance Studies

“Selling Music in India” PHILOSOPHY

Gregory Fernando Pappas | Philosophy “Risieri Frondizi: the Pan-American Philosopher” POLITICAL SCIENCE Judith A. Baer | Political Science

“The Construction of Candidate Image: The Role of Journalist Norms and Professional Pleasures” PSYCHOLOGY

David Rosen | Psychology “Research in Analytical (Jungian) & Positive Psychology and the Humanities” RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES INSTITUTE David Donkor | Performance Studies

“I am grateful to the Glasscock Center for the support provided for my research...[the Faculty Stipendiary Fellowship] enabled me to travel to Paris, France for the one hundredth anniversary of the death of the Anglo-French poet Renée Vivien...The event brought together a number of major figures in the field and this offered a wonderful networking opportunity in addition to providing a forum to disseminate my research in France.” Melanie Hawthorne, Professor, Department of European and Classical Languages and Cultures, Texas A&M University

“Trickster Performance and Popular Theater in Neoliberal Ghana”



Awards of up to $1,000 each for travel to archives or fieldwork were made to graduate students in affiliated departments. Natasha Ball | Sociology “The ‘Racial Tool Kits’ of Black Adult Adoptees from Multi-racial and Mono-racial Families”


Three stipends of $3,000 each were awarded to support graduate student research in the humanities. Nominees are put forward by departments and must have reached the stage in their respective programs where they are expected to be undertaking research toward the completion of a thesis or dissertation. Brown-Kruse Graduate Scholars are provided offices in the Glasscock Center for the duration of the award year. A call for Brown-Kruse Graduate Scholars goes out each spring semester. These grants are made possible by the generous gift of Maggie and Corey Brown ’92 and of Gayle and Layne Kruse ’73, members of the Glasscock Center Development Council.

Paulami Banerjee | Geography “The Nature of Modernization and its Impact on Rural Communities: A Case Study of North Sikkim, India” Joan Parmer Barrett | Hispanic Studies “Tarahumara Transcripts” Celia Emmelhainz | Anthropology “In the Light: The Relationship of Missions to Development in Almaty, Kazakhstan”

Christie L. Maloyed | Political Science “The Religious Foundations of Civic Virtue” Christie L. Maloyed, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, studied the influence of religion on the civic tradition in the later half of the eighteenth century in Scotland and America, focusing on the ways in which the religious traditions of each nation shaped the debate on the viability of civic virtue. She argues that a civil religious tradition can offer a basis for developing and sustaining a shared sense of the common good without undermining personal liberties.

Christopher Ryan Gilson | History “The Little Ice Age and the Construction of Historical Climate Regimes”

Asmahan Sallah | English “Postmodern Spiritualities in Contemporary American Fiction: Chasing the Trace of the Sacred”

Verity McInnis | History “Cultural Standard-Bearers of Empire: Officers’ Wives of the American Frontier and British India”

Asmahan Sallah, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, examined the treatment, forms, and representations of spirituality in contemporary American fiction. Analyzing works of fiction focused on the quest for the sacred in terms of “anti-dialectical spiritualities,” she argues how human creativity, information systems, and consumption practices become new sites where the relationship between the sacred and the secular is rearticulated.

Shima Mohajeri | Architecture “The Architecture of A-Place: Discourse of Modernity in Architectural Paper Projects in Iran, 1960-78” Meghan Parker | English “Worldly Women and Unlikely Unities: Religious and Narrative Subjectivities in Women’s Writings” Thaddeus Romansky | History “‘The Rank and File Are Determined’: Citizenship, Authority, and Mutiny in the Union Army, 1861-1865”

Anne-Marie Womack | English “Identifying Gender: A Feminist Rhetorical Study of Vietnam War Literature” Anne-Marie Womack, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, investigated Vietnam War literature and key war literature predecessors to argue that crossgender identification allows men to internalize qualities otherwise absent in wartime. In her readings of Crane, Hemingway, Vonnegut, and veteran and female authors of the Vietnam War, she explored how the anti-heroic treatments of war expose the bounds of masculinity and create places for men to identify with the feminine to reinvigorate their positions.

Christopher Westgate | Communication “Labeling the Latin/o Popular Music Industry, 1970-2000”

“The academic community of the center, which hosts coffee mornings and various me to many new ideas and made work an inviting place to be...My experience as a Brown-Kruse scholar has been invaluable to [my] academic career.” Anne-Marie Womack, Doctoral Candidate Department of English, Texas A&M University



Competitive grants of up to $350 ($600 for overseas travel) were made to M.A. and Ph.D. students to support presentation of humanities research at conferences in their disciplines. SPRING 2010 Rian T. Bobal | History “A Tool of the Soviets: Race and the Eisenhower Administration’s Introduction to Gamal Abdel Nasser”

Peyton Elaine Wofford | Political Science “On Martha Nussbaum’s Abstract Aristotelianism”

Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Conference at the University of Wisconsin

David Wright | Philosophy “Minding and Liking Nonhumans”

Christina V. Cedillo | English “‘Sweet as Communion’: Images of Leprotic Discharge in Female Hagiography” 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Joelle Cruz | Communication “Work Advice and the Voice of Management: Constraining the Working Woman in Glamour and Essence” Matters of Communication: political, cultural, and technological challenges, International Communication Association, Singapore

Rebecca S. Ingram | Anthropology “Faience and Glass Beads from the Late Bronze Age Shipwreck at Uluburun, Turkey” Seventh International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East in London, England

Tyler Kasperbauer | Philosophy “Minding and Liking Nonhumans” Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia

Sun-Jin Lee | English “Re-imagining Paradise: Toni Morrison’s Critical Mythogenesis in Paradise” American Comparative Literature Association 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana

Joon Hyung Park | English “‘Not Learned to Generalize, and to Take Enlarged Views’ on the ‘Moving Picture’ of the Slavery: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Moving Panoramas” The American Literature Association (ALA) Conference in San Francisco, California

James Stamant | English “Bodies of/and Water: Boundaries, Geographies, and A Farewell to Arms” 14th Biennial International Hemingway Society Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland

Kristen Vogel | Anthropology “Resembling ‘A Passenger, Not a Package of Goods’: The Boyce Decision and the Role of Common Carriers” Missouri Valley History Conference in Omaha, Nebraska

Martha Nussbaum, Cosmpolitanism and Global Justice at the University of Nottingham, England

Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia

FALL 2009 Michael Beatty | History “Keeping Their Tea Down: Did a Cultural Faux Pas Derail the 1789 Creek Negotiations?” 31st Mid-America Conference on History in Norman, Oklahoma

Michael Beilfuss | English “‘Use It Well’: Progress, Reciprocal Ownership, and the Environment in Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses” 2009 Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Christina V. Cedillo | English “Shifting Aspasia: The Figure of the Rhetorical Woman as Antanaciastic Trope” International Society for the History of Rhetoric Conference in Montreal, Canada

Kimberly Cox | English “The Working Class Home: Poverty, Trash and the Home Dream in Bastard Out of Carolina and The Beans” Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Laura Gongaware | Anthropology “Does Treasure Hunting Make Cents? The Financial Downside to Salvaging Shipwrecks” Society for Historical Archaeology Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology in Jacksonville, Florida

Sarah Hart | English “Lyric’s Desire for Dialogue: Poetic Motive in Joyce’s ‘Chamber Music’” Modernist Studies Association Conference 11: The Languages of Modernism in Montreal, Canada

Charles Heaton | History “Enforcing Unfree Labor: Slave Patrols as a Policing Mechanism in the British Atlantic World” Polices et empire coloniaux 1700-1900 Conference in Paris, France

Tyler Kasperbauer | Philosophy “The Possibility of Ape Morality” Society for Philosophy and Psychology in Bloomington, Indiana

“The grant from the Glasscock Center allowed me to bring my scholarship to a broad, regional audience of scholars...This grant gave me practical experience doing what scholars do, which is the essence of graduate study. Without the Glasscock Center grant, I would not have been able to attend this conference.” Michael W. Beatty, Department of History, Texas A&M University

Soo Kim | English “Radical Cosmopolitanism in Salman Rushdie’s Fury (2001)” 2009 Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ryan Malphurs | Communication “Could you hear me above the laughter?: The Role of Laughter in the U.S. Supreme Court” National Communication Association 95th Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois

Jared Peatman | History “The Gettysburg Address as Foreign Policy” Lincoln Bicentennial Conference: European Readings of Abraham Lincoln, His Life and Legacy in Paris, France

Murat Rodriguez | Hispanic Studies “La Eleccion de Antigona: Una reinterpretacion del mito en las escritoras Latinas en Estados Unidos” Reflections in the Margins: Representations of the Marginalized in Iberian and Latin American Literature in Chicago, Illinois

Ho-Rim Song | English “Distributed Subject and Nanovision: Assembled Individual Subject in Superorganism in Blood Music” 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Atlanta, Georgia

Beverly Van Note | English “Locating Herself Generically: Moderata Fonte’s and Elizabeth Cary’s Gendered Species” Renaissance Society of America in Venice, Italy

Anne-Marie Womack | English “Gendered Paradigms of Citizenship: Hemingway’s Disruption of Soldiering, Childbearing, and Nursing” Hemingway’s Extreme Geographies, 14th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland


Graduate Grants and Awards, continued GRADUATE STIPENDIARY FELLOWSHIP

Graduate Student Fellows - both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates - were competitively selected from affiliated departments. They participated in Glasscock Center activities and each received a $1,000 research stipend. Kathleen Barr | History “Held Hostage: America and Its Allies Confront OPEC”

Yeonsik Jung | English “Narrating the History of American Immigrant Women: Gertrude Stein and Literature at the Margins”


This program allowed graduate students from four different departments to present humanities-related research to their peers. FALL 2009 Paul Lee | History “Lewis and Clark through Jefferson’s Eyes”

Sean Kelly | History “‘The Old Order Changeth’: The Aborted Evolution of the British Empire, 1917-1932”

Anne-Marie Womack | English “‘No Man’s Land’: Cross-Gender Identification in Veterans’ Narratives of the Vietnam War”

Rosalind Chou | Sociology “Asian American Sexual Politics: A Narrative Analysis”

Asmahan Sallah | English “Discourse on Reason as Anti-Secularism during Arab Renaissance”

Anthony Pepitone | Philosophy “Conceptions of the Highest Good: From Rational Theology to Radical Theology”

Sara K. Day | English “Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Fiction for Adolescent Women”

Chris Thomas | History “Compass, Square, and Swastika: Freemasonry in the Third Reich”

Jennifer Guillen | Sociology “Negotiating Racial Identities among Mexican-White Married Couples in South East Texas”

Ryan Wadle | History “‘The Fourth Dimension of Naval Tactics’: The U.S. Navy and Public Relations, 1919-1941”

Blake Whitaker | History “Creating a Mythical Nation: Pioneer Literature and the Myth of Rhodesian Exceptionalism”

Michael R. Jones | Anthropology “Sailing to Byzantium in the Ninth Century A.D.”

Melinda Wilson | History “Buddhism in Transformation: Houston and Beijing”

Rian Bobal | History “The American Crusades: Religion, Race, and Relations with the Levant in Eisenhower’s America”

“The [Graduate Stipendiary Fellowship] assisted me greatly in formulating a proper framework for my dissertation, and also allowed me to conduct a significant amount of primary research.” Melinda Wilson, Department of History, Texas A&M University


This joint program supported graduate research projects in the humanities based in the collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives with $2,000 awards. Hector Enrique Weir Gil | Hispanic Studies “The Art of Evangelization: A Structural Analysis of Late 17th Century Sermons from Colonial Mexico” Elizabeth Talafuse | English “I Am the Monster: Framing the Monstrous Self in Young Adult Fantasy Fiction”



Awards supplemented external humanities research grants of up to $5,000 with matches of up to $1,000. Debbie S. Cunningham | Hispanic Studies “José de Escandón’s Exploration and Preliminary Colonization of the Seno Mexicano (1747-49)” Ryan Wadle | History “‘The Fourth Dimension of Naval Tactics’: The U.S. Navy and Public Relations, 1919-1941”

Michael J. Beilfuss | English “‘Use it well’: Progress, Reciprocal Ownership, and the Environment in Go Down, Moses” Joon Hyung Park | English “From Transcendental Subjective Vision to Political Idealism: The Panorama in Nineteenth-Century American Literature” SPRING 2010 Matthew Davis | English “The Play’s the Thing: Cultural Influence, Propaganda, and the Digby Mary Magdalene” Kyle Mox | English “Modernist Melancholia and the Salomé Fairy Tale in Strindberg, Wilde, and Ibsen” Jessica Ray Herzogenrath | History “Authenticity and Ethnicity: Folk Dance, Americanization, and the Immigrant Body in the early Twentieth Century” Richa Dhanju | Anthropology “Partnering for the poor? Mission Convergence as an urban poverty management strategy in Delhi.”


Awards of up to $500 supported research in the humanities by Texas A&M undergraduates. Jonathan Anders | International Studies major, Class of 2009

Jonathan Anders examined Australian-Chinese relations by conducting interviews with Chinese who have converted to Christianity and wrote a paper on the strategic implications of Chinese foreign policy in the region.

Anastasia Gilmer | Geology major, Anthropology minor, Class of 2010

Anastasia Gilmer examined paleoenvironments of early human inhabitants of Nevada by conducting a geoarchaeological study in eastern Nevada. She presented a poster on the results of the study at the 2010 Society for American Archaeology annual meeting.

Alaina Jalufka | Sociology major, Women’s and Gender Studies minor, Class of 2011

Alaina Jalufka examined how African women’s participation in the liberation movements of southern Africa affected the gender roles of their culture. She also examined what motivated women to participate in the liberation movements and if women were treated equally to men within the context of the movement.


The Glasscock Scholars Abroad Award gives students the opportunity to bring an international and a humanities dimension to their studies by providing funding toward a summer abroad in the College of Liberal Arts’ summer program in Santa Chiara, Italy.


The position of undergraduate apprentice engaged two liberal arts majors in the activities of the Glasscock Center. Ginny Griggs | Psychology major, Class of 2011

Rachel Bowdoin | Business Honors, Supply

Mikaila Morrison | Psychology major,

Katie Crutsinger | Marketing pre-major,


Chain Management major

certificate in International Business

Class of 2010

Lauren Floyd | Finance major, International

Award of $2,000 in support of Aletheia, an undergraduate journal of philosophy.

Jillian Van Zandt | Middle School Math and


Business minor, certificate in Trading and Risk Management Science Education major, Spanish minor


The Glasscock Center for Humanities Research funded two apprentices with the Texas A&M University Press. The apprenticeships allowed students to engage in and contribute to the humanities-related activities of the press. Claudia Bustamante | Marketing Apprentice, Political Science major

Amy Murphy | Acquisitions Apprentice, International Affairs major

The Glasscock Center provided first and second place prizes to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who participated in Student Research week in one of four categories: Undergraduate Oral Presentations, Undergraduate Poster Presentations, Graduate Oral Presentations, and Graduate Poster Presentations. UNDERGRADUATE, ORAL REPORT

Shaan Shahabuddin, 1st Place Elizabeth Melton, 2nd Place GRADUATE ORAL REPORT

Lindsey Field, 1st Place Raju Gautam, 2nd Place UNDERGRADUATE, POSTER

Aimee Howart, 1st Place Lena Pritchett, 2nd Place GRADUATE, POSTER

Celia Emmelhainz, 1st Place

“The funding I received has richly enhanced my undergraduate experience... without the funding that I have received from the Glasscock Center...I would not have been able to carry out my research project as I would like.” Glasscock Center Meet & Greet 2009

Alaina Jalufka, Sociology major, Women’s and Gender Studies minor, Texas A&M University


General Grants and Awards The Glasscock Center supports the humanities at Texas A&M University by co-sponsoring public lectures, performances with a humanities research component, and scholarly presentations by visitors from outside the university. Co-sponsorship requests of up to $750 are reviewed monthly during the academic year.



Rob Johnson | University of Texas – Pan American

“The Annual Meeting of the Association for Political Theory”

Roundtable Discussion on Creative and Documentary Photography In conjunction with the exhibit “The Creative Photograph in Archaeology”

“Conference on Pragmatism and the Hispanic World”

Jessica Valenti | Author “The F Word: Feminism and You,”

Organizer: Gregory Pappas

Jonathan Winkler | Wright State University “The Art of Noise: Strategy, Diplomacy and Communications”

“Rolando Hinojosa’s Klail City Death Trip: A Retrospective, New Directions”

E. Patrick Johnson | Northwestern

Organizer: Lisa Ellis

Organizer: Stephen Miller

“Obama Phenomenon Conference” Organizer: Jennifer Mercieca

“Southern Meeting of the North American Kant Society” Organizer: Kristi Sweet

“Queer of Color Symposium” Organizer: Mikko Tuhkanen

“25 Years After: LGBT in Higher Education”

Organizers: James Rosenheim and John Scroggs

Co-sponsors: Department of History and Department of Communication University

“Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales” Co-sponsors: Department of Performance Studies and the Africana Studies Program

J. Peter Euben | Duke University Patrick Deneen | Georgetown University Simon Stow | College of William and Mary “What Good is Innocence? Billy Budd in the Bacchae” Co-sponsor: The Association for Political Theory

“‘The Beatest State in the Union’: The Adventures of William S. Burroughs in Texas, 1946-1949”

Co-sponsors: TAMU Chapter of NOW, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Women’s Resource Center, TAMU V-Day, Department of Multicultural Services, and the Aggie Democrats

Les Harrison | Virginia Commonwealth University

“The Temple and the Forum: American Museum and Cultural Authority in Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, and Whitman” Co-sponsors: English Graduate Student Association, Department of English, and American Studies Program

Penny Farfan | University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

“Performing Queer Modernism: ‘The Second Mrs. Tanqueray’”

“18th and 19th Century British Women Writers Conference”

bell hooks | Author “Love and Resistance: A Conversation with bell hooks”

Co-sponsors: Department of English, New Modern British Studies Group, and the Department of Performance Studies

“Shipwreck Weekend: The Human Story of Nautical Archaeology”


Co-sponsors: Africana Studies Program, MSC Woodson Black Awareness Committee (WBAC), and MSC Leadership and Empowerment of Aggie Females (LEAF)

Organizers: Elizabeth Talafuse and Meghan Parker

Claire Lyons | J. Paul Getty Museum “The Society of Dilettanti and the Chorographical Imagination” Organizer: Kevin Glowacki

Beatriz Colomina | Princeton University “Blurred Visions: Architectures of Surveillance from Mies to SANAA”

Michèle Mendelssohn | University of Oxford

“Oscar Wilde Discovers America” Co-sponsors: Department of English, New Modern British Studies Group, American Studies Program, and the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute

Organizer: Sarah Deyong

Shimon Gibson | Jerusalem based Center

Lewis R. Gordon | Temple University “When Monsters No Longer Speak: An Aspect of Disaster in the Modern Age”

“Jerusalem City Planning in New Testament Times: New Excavations on Mount Zion”

Organizer: Theodore George

Inderpal Grewal | Yale University “Humanitarianism, Neoliberalism and Postcolonial Feminist Critique” Organizer: Neha Vora

for Heritage Conservation Professional Fellow

Co-sponsor: Center for Heritage Conservation

John Ford | Wellcome Trust Centre for the

History of Medicine, University College London

“What is Medical History For?” Co-sponsor: The John P. McGovern Humanities Seminar Series, 2009-2010

Eric Savoy | Université de Montréal “Conjugating the Subject: Henry James and Queer Formalism” Co-sponsors: Department of English, New Modern British Studies Group, American Studies Program, and the Queer Studies Working Group


Co-sponsors: Center for Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, Department of Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology Program, and the Institute of Nautical Archaeology

UNDERGRADUATE EVENTS Black History Month – Third Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Organizer: MSC Carter G. Woodson Black Awareness Committee

National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi, Lambda Tau chapter) – First Short Story Contest and Second Poetry Contest Organizer: Nancy W. De Honores, President

Annual TAMU Women’s Leadership Forum and Progress Awards Luncheon

Organizer: Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss

AD HOC AWARD New English translation of Collette’s novella Gigi from the French Proposed by: Amanda Strickland


The Glasscock Center encourages interdisciplinary research and scholarship by providing up to $1,500 in annually renewable support to self-constituted groups of faculty and students engaged in exploration of thematically related research questions in the humanities. These groups may designate themselves working groups, research clusters, reading groups, study seminars, or the like. 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. Africana Studies American Culture Studies Brains, Learning, and Animal Behavior (BLAB) Cognoscenti Countercultural Movements Creative Writing and Genre Theory Studies Critical Geography Digital Humanities Disability Studies Discourse Studies Early Modern Studies

Film Studies History of Art, Architecture, and Visual Culture Indigenous Studies Literacy Studies Medieval Studies New Modern British Studies Queer Studies Religion and Culture South Asia Studies Textual Studies Women’s and Gender Studies

People of the Glasscock Center 2009-2010 GLASSCOCK CENTER STAFF


James Rosenheim | Director (on leave fall 2009); Professor, History Donnalee Dox | Acting Director (fall 2009); Associate Professor, Performance Studies Susan Egenolf | Associate Director; Associate Professor, English Jennifer McNichols | Lead Office Associate Donna C. Malak | Communications Specialist Emily Hoeflinger | Graduate Assistant Researcher Seenhwa Jeon | Graduate Assistant Researcher Ginny Griggs | Undergraduate Apprentice Mikaila Morrison | Undergraduate Apprentice

Corey and Maggie Brown Sally and John Cox Melbern G. and Susanne Glasscock Larry D. Hill Layne E. and Gayle Kruse Ida Clement Steen Ben M. Crouch (ex officio)

2009-2010 ADVISORY COMMITTEE James Rosenheim | History Nandini Bhattacharya | English Deborah Carlson | Anthropology Ashley Currier | Sociology Donnalee Dox | Performance Studies Susan Egenolf | English Elisabeth Ellis | Political Science Kevin Glowacki | Architecture Tazim Jamal | Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences Ruth Larson | European and Classical Languages and Cultures Sarah Misemer | Hispanic Studies Colleen Murphy | Philosophy Kathleen O’Reilly | Geography Eric Rothenbuhler | Communication Jyotsna Vaid | Psychology


Rebecca Hartkopf Schloss | History David McWhirter | English Nancy Plankey Videla | Sociology Neha Vora | Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies Program

2009-2010 BROWN-KRUSE GRADUATE SCHOLAR AWARD FELLOWS Christie L. Maloyed | Ph.D. candidate, Political Science Asmahan Sallah | Ph.D. candidate, English Anne-Marie Womack | Ph.D. candidate, English



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Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Annual Report 2009-10  

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research 2009-2010 Annual Report

Glasscock Center for Humanities Research Annual Report 2009-10  

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research 2009-2010 Annual Report