Archive for January, 2019

January Update: Minor Concept Changes and Writing Goals

By • Jan 31st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Since I returned back from winter break, there have been numerous developments to my thesis. First, my thesis advisor and I went through his comments for the chapter I wrote on film portrayals of social identity. I was happy to see such thorough comments on the draft, as after working on the chapter for nearly…
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On the specifics of the Cobb Collection: New Role

By • Jan 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over Fall Break (2018), I traveled up to Washington D.C. to visit the Cobb Collection in person. I had made arrangements with Dr. Fatimah Jackson, the director of the Cobb collection at Howard University, to visit the off-site location where the remains were located. Over the summer I had identified my sample of skeletal remains…
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Update: New Project, Same Concept

By • Jan 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

  Since returning to school my project has undergone significant changes. My initial topic was focusing on treponemal disease like syphilis, yaws and pinta which were extremely prevalent in the enslaved population. These illnesses are associated with the conditions of enslavement and have been traditionally been seen in this population. My early iteration of my…
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Month 7: A Tangible Plan

By • Jan 28th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Throughout January I have been outlining my thesis and the arguments I intend to support. I have selected examples from my ethnographic research in order to support these arguments with events I observed. I have now broken down the writing of my thesis into specific benchmarks throughout the semester. I hope to have a draft…
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Stepping Back, but Moving Forward

By • Jan 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Middles are hard. Mary Wroth’s Urania is hard. These are my defining discoveries from the past two months of work. My Urania section is the middle section of my thesis, sandwiched between my sections about The Alchemist and The Blazing World.  I’ve always struggled with middles; in my creative writing, I know what will happen in the beginning and end of my pieces,…
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Winter Progress

By • Jan 15th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The past few weeks have been a busy one for my thesis! I am coming to the end of working on my chapter on the role of hands in “Janet’s Repentance.” This has been incredibly fun to write since this text is so rich in haptic imagery. I have traced the abusive hand of Robert…
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Winter Update

By • Jan 13th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Happy New Year! With the busyness of finals and the holidays, I didn’t get the chance to provide a December recap, so I wanted to give an update on my research. Before leaving for winter break, I reached my goal and finished my data collection. After spending months running study sessions, I am excited to…
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(Late) – Summer Science Symposium

By • Jan 3rd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Two weeks ago was the Summer Science Symposium. Everyone who received Charles Center funding for the summer, including all honors fellowships, presented their research. Overall, it was an excellent opportunity to practice talking about my research, as well as hear about other interesting projects.   I presented some preliminary analyses of my project, focusing on…
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