Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Common Feast, Separate Tables, or Bum's Rush: A Roundtable on the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce the first of two internal roundtables devoted to the intersection of humanities and non-humanities fields of inquiry. The first, “Common Feast, Separate Tables, or Bum’s Rush: A Roundtable on the Humanities and Social Sciences,” will be held Tuesday, 30 October from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Glasscock Center Library, Room 311, Glasscock Building.

Cary J. Nederman (Political Science) will moderate a discussion among Jyotsna Vaid (Psychology), Sarah Gatson (Sociology), Dror Goldberg (Economics), Kim Hill (Political Science), and Cynthia Werner (Anthropology).

The point of departure for the event is the fragmented state of disciplines, in which various conceptions of proper scholarship populate the same metaphorical “restaurant,” where each discipline protects its place at the table. In particular, the roundtable will address the relationship between humanities research, which takes an interpretive approach to questions of meaning in human experience, and social scientific research that is informed by quantitative methodology.

A second roundtable, on “Humanities and Medicine,” will take place in spring 2008.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see our website , visit our blog at, or contact the Glasscock Center at or at 979-845-8328.