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Summary: Place in Healing and Memory

By • Aug 17th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Honors Thesis, Research

My fascination with place began, I think, when I first uprooted myself from my childhood home to live in a country far away. As I have continued to travel and explore new places, I have become ever more attuned to how physical environments form my experiences and my memories. From the wild beauty of a […]

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Healing and Memory, Part 3: El Camino

By • Aug 15th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Honors Thesis, Research

I returned from the Camino portugués a few days ago. The blisters and sunburn are still there, but somehow the time remains surreal. My sister and I walked nearly 250 kilometers in nine days, from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. This is the “Portuguese Way,” one of the traditional Camino (the Way or Path) routes […]

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Healing and Memory, Part 2: Argentina

By • Jun 29th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Honors Thesis, Research

  As my time in Argentina comes to a close, I have been organizing my thoughts as well as my luggage. I find myself reflecting on the wealth of experiences and information I have collected throughout the semester. Although I feel that I have delved into the relationships between communities, their physical space, and their […]

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Healing and Memory, Part 1: Argentina

By • May 8th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Honors Thesis, Research

For the past several months, I have been studying abroad in La Plata, Argentina. I am taking classes and interning at the Comisión Provincial por la Memoria, a public and autonomous human rights organization. Because of my involvement with the Comisión, I have become immersed in the humanitarian and activist discourse of La Plata. Our […]

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Abstract: Healing and Memory

By • Mar 23rd, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Honors Thesis, Research

The themes I will examine in my research project — Healing and Memory: Place Identity in Post-Dictatorship Argentina and El Camino de Santiago — are complex and at times nebulous. In this introduction, however, I will briefly cover the premise of my project and the methods I will use. The idea for this project was […]

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Part 3: Islamophobia in U.S. and German Social Media

By • Aug 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This project has been gratifying and eye-opening to me. I am thankful for the opportunity I received to design and conduct my own research. Studying Islamophobic rhetoric has offered me a fascinating, if disheartening, glimpse into the interaction of different threads of oppression. My research design changed over the process and I was glad to […]

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Part Two: Islamophobia in US and German Social Media

By • Jul 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have moved past background research and preliminary sampling, delving into the bulk of my sentiment analysis. My research design has shifted somewhat from my original plan. Most importantly, due to budget constraints, I do not have access to the Twitter firehose of “historical” data. Because I can only view Tweets from years past as […]

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Part One: Comparing Xenophobia in US-American and German Social Media

By • Jun 11th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Before I begin analyzing social media posts on a larger scale, it is important to build context for these posts. Therefore, I am beginning my research by reading about asylum/refugee policies, hate crimes, and outspoken critics of immigration in both the US and Germany. I have also begun sifting through the tweets of various users who […]

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Abstract: Comparing Xenophobia in US-American and German Social Media

By • Mar 25th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In the contemporary atmosphere of rising populist sentiment, understanding the dynamics of xenophobia is essential, not only for academics, but also for all citizens. It is the first step towards overturning prejudice and reforming concepts of belonging to be more inclusive. In the wake of the European refugee crisis and the 2016 presidential campaign, critiques […]

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