Archives for the ‘anthropology’ Category

the summer is almost over… and I’m back in KL again

By • Aug 5th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

I left Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 7 to spend just over three weeks traveling to Singapore to visit my friends and do a few interviews, then onto Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bangkok. Leading up to my departure, I went to SO MANY events and saw many amazing artists perform. Now that I’m back in…
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Geography of Empire: Update 6

By • Jul 20th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

This week I completed my field work, visiting Centraal and the Palace on Dam Square one more time before saying my farewells to Amsterdam. As it so happened, the Palace had just opened a new exhibit on cartographic treasures from the Golden Age, so I spent some time there as well. I learned more about […]

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Geography of Empire: Update 5

By • Jul 16th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

Since my last post, I have decided to cut the interview portion from my project. I ultimately think it would take away too much time without really being a significant contribution to the research. Instead, I will place a larger emphasis on the spatial analysis and a discussion of the prevalence of the colonial in the city […]

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Geography of Empire: Update 4

By • Jun 28th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

This week, I went back to doing some more secondary and theoretical research, in order to keep this information in my head. It is essential for me to remain informed about the history as I visit sites and to keep in mind theory as I analyze them. Another major part of my week has been […]

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Geography of Empire: Update 3

By • Jun 24th, 2019 • Category: anthropology, Honors Thesis, Research

This week I continued with some site visits. I visited Cafe Schreierstoren (formerly known as the VOC Cafe), Museum Van Loon, the Rijksmuseum, two monuments, and the Tropenmuseum. The Schreierstoren is in itself an interesting building, dating to before the Golden Age and visible from Central Station, but my attention was initially drawn to it […]

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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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