Archives for the ‘anthropology’ Category

Third Week of Research Has Ended: Reflections on Thailand Hiphop Fest 2019 and More

By • Jun 12th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Greetings readers, it’s been officially just over three weeks in Kuala Lumpur, weeks that have been filled with both challenges and strikes of luck. Getting started on research for the first two weeks I have been here was slightly slow, due to it being the end of Ramadan – no one was having hip-hop shows during this time.…
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Geography of Empire: Update 2

By • Jun 8th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

This week I began to visit various sites in Amsterdam that have a connection with its imperial history. At these sites, I observed and took note of such things as how people moved in and around the spaces, what, if any, information the sites had available about the imperial connection, and how the site was […]

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Geography of Empire: Update 1

By • Jun 2nd, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

I have spent the majority of this first week of research reading. I am working to gain sufficient background knowledge in Dutch history, most specifically its history of trade, imperialism, and modern history tied to the fall of the empire. I have also studied some spatial theory, including of academics such as Foucault and Lefebvre, […]

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Abstract: Modern Perception of the Geography of a Former Imperial Capital City

By • Apr 14th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

The geography we move around in daily has been historically and culturally influenced and leaves direct impacts on how different people can move through space and society today. Many former capital cities of empires contain social and physical geographic elements that were directly influenced by the empire, yet this sometimes goes unnoticed. This research project will […]

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Hip-Hop in Kuala Lumpur: Identity Formation and Postcolonial Cultural Production in Malaysia

By • Apr 10th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Greetings readers! I’m Helen McMillian and I am an anthropology major here at the College, with particular interest in the anthropology of the state and hip-hop ethnomusicology. My research will focus on hip-hop music and culture in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. For ten weeks this summer, I will be living in Kuala Lumpur conducting ethnographic fieldwork through…
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Preliminary Fieldwork in Redfern and Waterloo

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

I am thankful that I had 15 days to conduct fieldwork in Sydney in August. While the majority of my dissertation fieldwork will take place over 9-12 months (hopefully starting in late Fall 2019), this trip was combination pilot study (to test potential validity of my site) and a preliminary dive into ethnography and interviewing. […]

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Learning Sydney: Round 2

By • Sep 27th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Since my inaugural trip to Australia last May/June, I’ve written my thesis and earned my master’s degree in Anthropology. The title of my thesis is The Gap on the Block: Subjectivity, Aboriginality, and Agency in Contemporary Urban Australia. My thesis explored the construction and maintenance of an Aboriginal subjectivity in a inner-city suburb (similar to our city […]

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Final Research Update

By • Aug 22nd, 2018 • Category: anthropology, archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

As the summer comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the different aspects of my research experience and adding finishing touches to my website. I feel very fortunate to have been able to explore a topic of my choosing through a medium of my choosing. Information is conveyed many ways in the field […]

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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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Kiskiak Update 3: Weeks 5 and 6

By • Aug 16th, 2018 • Category: anthropology, archaeology, Honors Thesis, Research

During weeks 5 and 6 of my research I edited existing GIS maps of the archaeological site in order to best represent the site for an untrained eye. GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is incredibly useful technology in the field of archaeology because it allows us to process and convey multiple types of information at […]

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