Thursday, September 27, 2007

5 & 20: How Do We Keep Knowing?

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce an anniversary celebration and symposium, “5 & 20: How Do We Keep Knowing?” to be held on 12 and 13 October 2007. This occasion recognizes twenty years of events and five years of growth as a named and endowed center, with presentations by three scholars who were instrumental in generating institutional support for humanities research at Texas A&M.

The symposium begins Friday, 12 October at 3:30 p.m. when Texas A&M’s Larry Reynolds, Thomas Franklin Mayo Professor of Liberal Arts, will speak in the Memorial Student Center, Room 206. A reception will follow at 5:00 p.m. in The University Club, 11th floor, Rudder Tower.

The second day starts with coffee at 9:00 a.m., followed at 9:45 a.m. with presentations by Jeffery N. Cox, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Colorado – Boulder and by Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe, Notre Dame Professor of English, University of Notre Dame. Lunch will follow the presentations (RSVP for lunch to 845-8328). Saturday’s events will be held in the Glasscock Center Library, Melbern G. Glasscock Building, Room 311.

These events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact the Glasscock Center at 979-845-8328 or visit

Next Week's Events at the Glasscock Center

The following is a list of next week’s events supported by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and/or its affiliated programs:

**Tuesday, 2 October**
South Asia Studies Working Group Lecture: Itty Abraham (University of Texas), 3:00-5:00 p.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

Digital Humanities Lecture: Thomas Finholt (University of Michigan), presenting “Cyberinfrastructure and the Humanities: Using Advanced Information Technology to Explore New Modes of Thinking and Working,” 4:00 p.m., Evans Library, Room 204E.

Co-Sponsored Lecture: France Winddance Twine (University of California, Santa Barbara), presenting “Hair, Habitus, and Home Cooking: The Cultural Production of Blackness,” 7:30 p.m., Evans Library, Whitley Suite.

**Wednesday, 3 October**
Glasscock Coffee Come & Go featuring Daniel Conway, Head, Department of Philosophy, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

Faculty Colloquium: Nancy Klein (Architecture), presenting “The Construction of Identity and ‘Architectural History’ on the Acropolis of Athens,” Glasscock Building, Room 311. If you have trouble accessing the paper-for-discusssion through the listserv message you should have received, please contact us.

Africana Film Series: Oscar Michaeaux, an African American film pioneer, screening “Within Our Gates” and “The Symbol of the Unconquered,” 6:00 p.m., 417C EdMS, Evans Annex.

**Thursday, 4 October**
Digital Humanities Lecture: Alan Liu (University of California, Santa Barbara), “Knowledge and Web 2.0: The Transliteracies Project and Social Computing,” 4:00 p.m., Evans Library, Room 204E.

Africana Film Series: Pearl Bowser (Society for Cinema and Media Studies), presenting “Oscar Michaeaux and His Circle: The Birth of an African American Film Culture,” 7:00 p.m., 410 EdMS, Evans Annex.

New Modern British Studies Working Group Lecture: Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University), presenting “Making World Literature: J.M. Coetzee and the New Transnational Novel,” 7:30 p.m., Glasscock Building, Room 311.

APPLICATIONS DUE, 4 October: Co-Sponsorship Grants, Cross Disciplinary Travel Grants, Research Matching Grants, Working Groups

**Friday, 5 October**
New Modern British Studies Faculty Colloquium: Rebecca Walkowitz (Rutgers University), presenting “The Transnational Turn in Modernist Studies,” 2:00 p.m., Blocker, Room 203.

**If you are interested in meeting with any of our visiting speakers contact Dr. Donnalee Dox at
**For further information consult the Glasscock Center website at http://
**For current events at the Glasscock Center consult our blog at

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Strategies for Finding and Competing for Research Funding

Strategies for Finding and Competing for Research Funding, a workshop by the Office of Proposal Development, October 3, 2007, 1-3 PM. Overview 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., 601 Rudder.

Overview of topics and generic strategies to enhance proposal competitiveness to federal agencies and foundations, including types of university research and educational proposals, identifying research opportunities, analyzing the research solicitation, understanding the funding agency research culture and mission, and understanding their view process. Simultaneous Breakout Sessions 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Simultaneous breakout sessions focused on specific funding agencies and topics. (Aimed at researchers who are new to these agencies. Subjects such as agency mission, organization, culture and funding mechanisms will be discussed.)*

NSF (National Science Foundation), 601 Rudder *
NIH (National Health Institute), 301 Rudder *
Earth, Environmental, Ecological and Agricultural MissionAgencies, 292B MSC *
Social & Behavioral Sciences and Education Funding Agencies, 401Rudder *
Department of Defense and Department of Energy (includingNational Labs), 206 MSC* Note: This seminar will focus on strategic decisions that will enhance competitiveness of proposals.

Mechanics of the proposal-writing processare covered separately in a one-day "The Art of Proposal Writing"workshop that is offered each semester.

Registration for this free seminar is encouraged by not required. To register, please e-mail Libby Childress with subject line: Strategies for Research Funding, your name and department.

AAUW Educational Foundation Funding Opportunities

Various upcoming due dates on below programs.
For more information visit (

One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research

The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research has various fellowships and research opportunities available for both U.S. and international scholars. For descriptions of the programs and more information visit

Defining Wisdom, The Arete Initiative at The University of Chicago

FYI due Nov. 19
For more information visit

DEFINING WISDOM. The Arete Initiative at The University of Chicago is pleased to announce a $2 million research program on the nature and benefits of Wisdom. Once regarded as a subject worthy of the most rigorous inquiries in order to discern its nature and benefits, wisdom is currently overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific investigation in many fields.Yet it is difficult to imagine a subject more central to the human enterprise and whose exploration holds greater promise in shedding lightand opening up creative possibilities for human flourishing. In 2008, up to twenty (20), two-year research grants will be awarded to scholars from institutions around the world who have received their Ph.D. within the past ten years.

Q and A with Nancy Klein (Department of Architecture)

We asked Nancy Klein (Department of Architecture), who is presenting on Wednesday, 3 October on "The Construction of Identity and 'Architectural History' on the Acropolis of Athens," a few questions about her work:

Please provide a few-sentence description of your presentation’s argument.

The Classical Acropolis has played a singular role in defining our understanding of Greek architecture. Following the Persian destruction in 480 BCE, the preeminent Athenian sanctuary was rebuilt under the leadership of Perikles. The building of a new sanctuary for the city’s patron goddess demonstrates both the deliberate and symbolic reuse of architecture to create a visual memory of earlier monuments that were damaged by the Persian invasion of 480/479 B.C. and the creation of new architectural forms with an identifiably Athenian style.

How did you hit on the focus of your current research and what interests you about it?

About seven years ago, I was invited to study and publish the fragmentary remains of limestone buildings that stood on the Acropolis before the construction of the classical buildings most people are familiar with today. Beyond exploring the nature of the architecture and providing a reconstruction of the sanctuary in its earliest phases, this research provides a unique opportunity to explore issues such as the role of architecture in defining a sacred landscape, how these buildings relate to religious activities, and how the built environment both reflects and directs civic identity.

What is the most interesting place your research has taken you?

I can’t select a single place, but one of the big attractions of a career in architectural history and archaeology was the chance to travel to interesting locations. So far I have had the opportunity to study and work in England, France, and Greece, and to travel to many more countries as well.

What is the favorite course that you teach, and why?

ENDS 149, an introductory course to the history of western architecture from prehistory to the 13th century. It is a subject I find endlessly
fascinating and the class draws students from the whole campus, which creates a dynamic atmosphere for teaching.

If you had the opportunity to invite any living humanities scholar to come speak at the Glasscock Center, who would it be and why?

One of the first names that come to mind is Ursula K. LeGuin. I’ve read
her essays and works of fiction and heard her speak, and she always
offers a new and challenging perspective.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what material would you want with you?

All the books I’ve accumulated and haven’t had a chance to read.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Harriette Andreadis Answers Our Questions

We asked colloquium presenter Harriette Andreadis (Dept. of English) about her work, her presentation, and herself. Here is what she told us:

What is your presentation’s argument?

This presentation examines translations of Ovid’s Heroides as they evolve from the late sixteenth century into the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. It focuses on the figure of Sappho in the fifteenth epistle as the principal guide to the trajectory of an Ovidian erotics that develops within a changing literary and cultural context in early modern London. My analysis begins with a brief survey of early translations and then explores in detail the additions, variations, and accretions that occur in the many editions (from 1680 until at least 1727) of “Ovid’s Epistles, translated by several hands,” originally gathered by John Dryden and published by Jacob Tonson both during and after Dryden’s lifetime, as well as the significance of the parodies of Dryden’s collection and the independent life taken on, a century later, by Sir Carr Scrope’s translation for Dryden of “Sappho to Phaon.” My work contributes to our knowledge of the life of literary coteries in early modern London, of early book history as it was guided by an important London publisher, and of early modern gender dynamics as they were mediated by London literary circles and their relation to the classics.

How did you hit on the focus of your current research and what interests you about it?

I was asked to give a plenary talk on Ovid's Heroides in London and so I extended a section of my 2001 book on English translations of the “Sappho to Phaon” epistle. What interests me most about the project is the new directions in which it has taken me, particularly in the history of printing and London literary coteries.

• What is the most interesting place your research has taken you?

Geographical? Intellectual? This project has taken me for a wonderful visit to London. It has also moved my thinking in some enjoyable new directions.

• What is the favorite course that you teach, and why?

I can't answer this. I like all my courses equally at different times and for different reasons. Mostly, for me, enjoyment comes from the triangulated dynamic between a given subject matter, my students, and myself. I don't teach material I don't like, so what matters most to me is the intellectual curiosity of my students.

• If you had the opportunity to invite any living humanities scholar to come speak at the Glasscock Center, who would it be and why?

Scholar/researchers I'd really like to hear and meet in person are V. S. Ramachandran, Antonio Damasio, and Michael Pollan.

• If you were stranded on a desert island, what material would you want with you?

Material? I'd want binoculars, flippers, goggles, and a camera so I could explore the flora and fauna on the island and in the waters around it.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Graduate Internships at the Getty

Due Dec. 15.
Find more information at

Graduate Internships at the Getty support full-time positions for students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Programs and departments throughout the Getty provide training and work experience in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, information management, public programs, and grant making.

The Smith Rischardson Foundation Foreign Policy Dissertation Grant

Due Oct. 31.
Find more information at

The Smith Richardson Foundation is pleased to announce a new annual grant competition to support Ph.D. dissertation research on American foreign policy, international relations, international security, strategic studies, area studies, and diplomatic and military history.The fellowship's objective is to support the research and writing of policy-relevant dissertations through funding of fieldwork, archival research, and language training.

NEH and HEFCE Joint Information Systems Committee Grants

Due Nov. 29
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The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the United States and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) of the United Kingdom acting through the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in the United Kingdom are working together to offer support for digitization projects in the humanities. Collaboration between U.S. and English institutions is a key requirementfor this grant category. Each application must be sponsored by both an eligible U.S. and English institution.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

9th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce the award of its 9th Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Lois Parkinson Zamora, Professor of Comparative Literature and Art History at the University of Houston, for her book The Inordinate Eye: New World Baroque and Latin American Fiction (University of Chicago Press, 2006).

Zamora will give a public lecture and accept the book prize for 2007 on Wednesday, 13 February 2008 at 4:00 p.m. in the Glasscock Building, Room 311.
The Inordinate Eye uncovers the transnational influences on Baroque art in the New World to determine how those relationships influence contemporary narratives and form points of resistance to European colonization. Latin American artists create a discourse of “counterconquest” that Zamora terms the “New World Baroque,” a hybrid form combining the diverse influences of indigenous, African, and European cultures in an effort to challenge the hegemony of Catholic and monarchical ideologies.

Zamora combines critique of visual art with discussion of fictional narratives to argue that an integrated understanding of each provides a better perspective to examine the epistemological structures that underpin modern and contemporary art in Latin America. The discussion ranges from the murals of Diego Rivera in the National Palace of Mexico City to the fictions of Jorge Luis Borges and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez. Zamora examines these artists and many more, and in The Inordinant Eye offers a comparative study that goes beyond the interartistic, exploring how diverse artistic media influence one another and provide a unified challenge to the colonizer’s gaze.

The Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship was endowed in December 2000 by Melbern G. Glasscock, Texas A&M University Class of '59, in honor of his wife. Mr. Glasscock, CEO of Texas Aromatics, L.P. in Houston, Texas, and has, with his wife, made numerous other gifts to Texas A&M University. In July 2002 they generously endowed the Center for Humanities Research, which was renamed in Mr. Glasscock’s honor.

The Book Prize is chosen by a committee of two humanities scholars from Texas A&M and one from another university. This year’s committee was Suzanne Poirier (Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago), David McWhirter (Department of English, Texas A&M University), and Cynthia Werner (Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University).

Last year’s Book Prize winner was Beth Fowkes Tobin, Professor of English at Arizona State University, for her book Colonizing Nature: The Tropics in British Arts and Letters, 1760-1820. A complete list of previous Book Prize winners can be found on the Glasscock Center website at

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

American Antiquarian Society Fellowships

AAS-NEH Fellowships information can be found at
Due Jan. 15.

NEH fellowshipsare for persons who have already completed their formal professionaltraining. Degree candidates and persons seeking support for work inpursuit of a degree may not hold AAS-NEH fellowships. Foreign nationalswho have been residents in the United States for at least three yearsimmediately preceding the application deadline for the fellowship areeligible. Mid-career scholars are encouraged to apply. AAS Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarlyqualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project,and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society'scollections.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Eurasia Program Fellowships

Information for the Eurasia Program Fellowships can be found at (< ).
Due by November 13, 2007.

The Eurasia Program is pleased to announce a fellowship program for research on the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and the New States of Eurasia. Research related to the non-Russian states, regions, and peoples is particularly encouraged.

The 2007 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty

Information for the 2007 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty can be found at
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Due by Nov. 30, 2007.

The 2007 Career Enhancement Fellowships for Junior Faculty will be funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by theWoodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The objective of the fellowship program is to aid the scholarly research and intellectual growth of junior faculty (men and women) and improve their chances forsuccess as tenured university scholars by offering support for twelve months of research and writing.

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

The International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) program supports distinguished graduate students in the humanities and social sciences conducting dissertation research outside the United States. Seventy-five fellowships will be awarded in 2008 with funds provided bythe Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Find more information at
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NINES Workshop in Digital Scholarship

NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship) is offering a week-long workshop for scholars undertaking digital projects in nineteenth-century British and American literary and cultural studies. The workshop will be held at Miami University, Ohio, 22-29 July 2008. Deadline is 15 October 2007.

The workshop will provide a practical setting where scholars can develop their individual digital projects with other scholars who have shared interests, goals, and problems to be addressed. The workshop will focus on theoretical, technical, administrative, and institutional issues relevant to the needs of the specific projects. A three-day seminar on scholarly text encoding (with TEI) run by Julia Flanders and Syd Bauman of Brown University will begin the workshop. Michael Eberle-Sinatra of the University of Montreal will conduct a seminar on online journals, and Amy Earhart, Texas A&M, as well as Britt Carr, of Miami, will conduct seminars on incorporating Google MAP APIs into projects. Artist Ira Greenberg, author of Processing: Creative Coding and Computational Art, will teach a seminar on visualizing data. Other Miami faculty and staff will teach seminars on scanning, project management, editing theories,
database design, and usability. Everyone accepted into the workshop will have lodging and meals provided. There will be a workshop fee of $400.

Applications should not exceed two single spaced pages. They should be headed with a
project title and a one-sentence description of the project. They should include as well a
developed project description that addresses each of the following matters:
• The scholarly rationale for the project.
• The technical and theoretical problems that face the project and that can be addressed in the NINES workshop.
• The expected duration of the project, its phases, and some description of the current state of work.
• The digital technology used or needed by the project.
• The technical support available to the scholar at his/her home institution.
Send applications by October 15th to:

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library fellowships

The UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library offer numerous fellowships for senior and postdoctoral scholars, as well as for graduate students. Note that not all of the latter are aimed at UCLA students.
Find more information at ( Fellowship deadlines are 1 February 2008.

Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Research Abroad Program

The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program ( Deadline 5 November 2007.

This program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States.

Stanford Humanities Center External Fellowships

1. Stanford Humanities Center Fellowships - (click on Fellowships)

The Stanford Humanities Center offers various fellowships with various deadlines, some as early as October:


Applicants will normally be at least three years beyond receipt of the PhD by the beginning of the fellowship term. Eligible areas include, but are not limited to: history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archeology, ethics, comparative religion, and history and criticism of the arts. Proposals are welcome from the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches, such as social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, and other subjects concerned with questions of value.

Monday, September 3, 2007

American Antiquarian Society post-dissertation residential fellowship

Hench Post-Dissertation Fellowship at AAS( Deadline 15 October 2007.

Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply for a special year-long residential fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society to revise their dissertation for publication. Established as the Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowship in 1998, the fellowship has been renamed in honor of John B. Hench, who retires in August 2007 as vice president for collections and programs after thirty-three years on the staff of the American Antiquarian Society.
The purpose of the post-dissertation fellowship is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope--that is, American history and culture through 1876--is eligible.
Applicants may come from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The Society welcomes applications from those who have advance book contracts, as well as those who have not yet made contact with a publisher. The twelve-month stipend for this fellowship is $35,000.

Mellon Humanities Post-Doc at Wesleyan University

Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship ( Deadline 1 November 2007.
Scholars who have received their Ph.D. degree after June 2005 in any field of inquiry in the humanities or humanistic social sciences—broadly conceived—are invited to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship, made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Wesleyan University. The purpose of this Fellowship is to provide scholars who have recently completed their Ph.D.’s with free time to further their own work in a cross-disciplinary setting, and to associate them with a distinguished faculty.
One Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow will be appointed to the Wesleyan University Center for the Humanities for the whole academic year, 2008-2009, and each Fellow will be awarded a stipend of $40,000. He or she will teach a one-semester undergraduate course; participate in the collegial life of the Center for the Humanities, which sponsors conferences, lectures, and colloquia; and give one public lecture. The Fellow will be provided with an office at the Center for the Humanities, and will be expected to work there on weekdays while the university is in session, and to reside in Middletown. The Theme for 2008-2009 will be “The Business of the University in an Age of Knowledge Transformations”, please visit our website for a complete description of the theme. Scholars whose interests bear upon this theme are encouraged to apply for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship.