Archives for the ‘anthropology’ Category

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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Politics, Parliament, and Anthropology: Canberra

By • Aug 18th, 2017 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Stepping off the train in Canberra was quite daunting after the experience of Sydney. Canberra is much smaller and serves as the political hub of Australia. Fortunately, because it is the nation’s capital, the public centers (museums, government buildings, archives) are incredible. My first day in Canberra consisted of riding a bicycle to the National […]

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Finding a Research Foundation in Sydney

By • Aug 18th, 2017 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

After spending weeks stressing about how I would spend my first summer as a graduate student, I ended up with several options that I thought were reasonable and would lead me in a fruitful direction. These plans included myriad internships for grassroots organizations in San Francisco, a volunteering opportunity with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in […]

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Blog post #2 – Erasure, Law, Resistance

By • Aug 11th, 2015 • Category: anthropology, archaeology, Honors Thesis, Marxism, Research

#2 This will be a common burial-place where all shall meet on terms of common fellowship and brotherhood. Every dear relation in life, severed by death, shall be found restored again in these grounds— husband and wife, parent and child, brother and sister, shall be reunited here. Friend shall meet friend here; and enemies, too, […]



Ideology of the Cemetery, Ideology of Archaeology, Ideology of Resistance

By • Aug 6th, 2015 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

It is presumably time that I make my first blog post. Here, I hope to detail three things: My renewed understanding of struggles for liberation and sovereignty thanks to the educational work of Sierra’s SPROG Notices through preliminary research of the history of disrupted human remains for marginalized communities Randall H. McGuire’s “Ideology of the […]



The (Dialectical) Architecture of our World

By • Aug 27th, 2014 • Category: anthropology, Architecture, Honors Thesis, Research

For my final post, I’d like to briefly meditate on a problem which I left unaddressed in my first blog post, and which has loomed behind both of my posts since then.  This blog post was titled “From Design to Practice” (http://upperclassmonroe.blogs.wm.edu/2014/06/02/from-design-to-practice/) and in it I argue with what I call the “design model” of […]



Flower Power in the Entrepreneurial City

By • Aug 24th, 2014 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Cities are not so different from the garden, at least in the way we’ve come to think about them.  They can experience “growth” or “decay.”  Neighborhoods can become “blighted” much in the same way corn or potatoes can, and they can also be “revitalized” like a wilting plant in the rain.  Micro-economies can be “fertilized” […]



From Design to Practice

By • Jun 2nd, 2014 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Who makes the garden?  We tend to think of gardens as acts of design – as landscapes that emerge out of foresight, planning, and our intentional control of the natural world.  When I look out on my home garden, I can see the traces of my conscious design across the backyard landscape.  I drew the […]



Once Upon the Internet: Introductions & Abstract

By • May 26th, 2014 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

My name is Isabel Bush, and I’m a rising senior majoring in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration in East Asian Studies. My main academic focus is on Japan, and this semester I’m studying abroad at Keio University in Tokyo. Outside of my time spent in class, I’m conducting research for my honors…
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