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Anthropology Program Handbook for Senior Project Proposals & Preparations in Junior Year

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Senior Projects 2016

JORGE ENRIQUE ALTSCHUL DELASHMUTT                                                        Aldie, Virginia
Anthropology: “Immigration and Remittance Development: Their Effects on Families and Community”
Concentration: Latin American/Iberian Studies
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick
 
RASHIDA DUSHYANTH ALUWIHARE                                                              Colombo, Sri Lanka
Anthropology: “Projectile Points as Cultural Markers: Identity and Interaction in the Hudson Valley 5,000 Years Ago”
Project Adviser: Christopher R. Lindner
 
EMILY CLARE BROWN                                                                               Sherborn, Massachusetts
Anthropology: “Against the Future: One Community’s Revolution of the Everyday”
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther
 
VITALIS IM                                                                                                      Ellenville, New York
Anthropology and Music: “Working for the Voice: Cultivating the Classically Trained Singer”
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther
 
CAROLINE ISABELLE KNOP                                                                          New York, New York
Anthropology: “Red Hook Mothers and Discipline: Customs and Practices”
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick
 
KILLIAN RICHARD MILLER                                                                  Hopkinton, New Hampshire
Anthropology: “Sanctioned Silencing, Symbolic Resistance: Race, Space, and Dispossession in a Marginalized South African Community”
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
 
SKY MYASIA SEALEY-OTERO                                                                       New York, New York
Anthropology: “Detangling the Roots: An Analysis of Today’s Natural-Hair Movement”
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown
 
ILANA SARA SILBER                                                                                Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Anthropology and Human Rights: “No Tomorrow in the Fruit Business: Precarity and Belonging at Montgomery Place Orchards”
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
 
ERIKA FRANCES WITZENBURG                                                                  Chevy Chase, Maryland
Anthropology: “Reconstructing Critical Perspectives: An Excursus on the Archaeological Interpretations of Power and Ideology in the William Paca Garden”
Project Adviser: Christopher R. Lindner
 

Senior Projects 2015

ARMAAN MULLICK ALKAZI                                                                                New Delhi, India
Anthropology: “Gated Communities in Gurgaon: Caste and Class on the Urban Frontier”
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther
 
HELEN M. BENDIX                                                                                           Göttingen, Germany
Literature: “Adapting Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Nostalgia for a Childhood That Never Was,” a joint Senior Project with Anthropology
Project Adviser: Deirdre d’Albertis
 
CONNOR JOSEPH GADEK                                                                                    Phoenix, Arizona
Anthropology and Human Rights: “Accomplices Not Allies: Stepping outside of Liberal Solidarity and into the Bullets and Tear Gas of ‘the Most Moral Army in the World’”
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
 
JESSE ELIZABETH GOLDBERG                                                                         Ardsley, New York
Literature: “Diasporic Imaginations: On the Articulation of Intimate History,” a joint Senior Project with Anthropology
Project Adviser: Alex Benson
Music: “Senior Concert 1 and 2”
Project Adviser: James Bagwell
 
CAROLYN CLAIRE HIETTER                                                                         San Mateo, California
Anthropology: “Noise, Music, and Social Categories: The Institutionalization of Music at Bard College”
Project Adviser: Laura Kunreuther
Music: “Senior Concert”
Project Adviser: Erica Lindsay
 
TANNYA AMARIS ISLAS                                                                              Chino Hills, California
Anthropology: “Denouncing the Narco State: Corruption, Violence, and Outrage in Coamiles, Mexico”
Concentration: Latin American and Iberian Studies
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
 
SOPHIE ELIZABETH LUCRETIA LAZAR                                                        Boston, Massachusetts
Anthropology: “Public Health and Its Discontents: The Schismogenesis of Childhood Vaccination in Boston, Massachusetts”
Concentration: Global and International Studies
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown
 
ANTONIA ESTELA PEREZ                                                                              New York, New York
Environmental and Urban Studies: “Back to the Oven: Cultural Imaginations of Bread and Community in the Hudson Valley,” a joint Senior Project with Studio Arts and Anthropology
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
 
GABRIELA ALIS PHILO                                                                                   Brooklyn, New York
Anthropology: “Engaging Family Values: Global and Religious Dimensions of LGBT Rights in South Africa”
Concentration: Global and International Studies
Project Adviser: Miles Rodríguez
 
KEWING SANCHEZ                                                                                        New York, New York
Anthropology: “Children’s Media and Princess Pedagogy: The Mentoring Roles of Disney’s Princess Franchise in Sofia the First”
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
 
 

Senior Projects 2014

“Rape Humor in American Society”
by COSETTE ANDUJAR
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick

“Searching for Dignity and Rights: Two Approaches to the Liberation of the Manual Scavenger”               
by LOUIS ISKANDAR BONHOURE
Project Adviser: Peter Rosenblum

“Street Medicine: Guerrilla Health Care in Times of Social Crisis”
by RIXEY CAROLINE BROWNING
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown

“Good Game,” an exploration of skill, friendship, and the development of identity in League of Legends 
by LUNA CREE CATINI
Project Adviser: Maria Sachiko Cecire

“The Spiral Growth of Cultural Systems,” a structural analysis of the religious and cosmological structure of the Bhagavata Pur¯ana used as a methodological model for the structural study of human cultural systems
by LOGAN COY DAVIS
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Richard H. Davis

“The Bangwa Queen: Interpretations, Constructions, and Appropriations of Meaning of the Esteemed Ancestress Figure from the Cameroon Grassfields”
by JULIA LYNN DEFABO
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Drew Thompson

“Freedom from Structure and Preparation for Collapse: Dialectical Narratives in Primitive Skills Culture”
by ELISSA IRENE FITTERMAN
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Banks Are an Organized Interest, Students Aren’t: Voice, Power, and Experience under the Rising Cost of Liberal Education”
by LEE GENSLER
Project Adviser: Michèle D. Dominy

“Tanto va la gatta al lardo che ci lascia lo zampino: The Transformation of Italian Cuisine, Culture, and Identity through Immigration to the United States”
Concentration: Global and International Studies
by KAI LIA GERMANO
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Performing Syncretism: Corpus Christi in Alangasi, Ecuador”
by CAMILA HERNANDEZ
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick
Dance: “Blending Backgrounds: Ethnography and the Creative Process in Choreography”
Project Adviser: Leah Cox

“Tracing Forms of State Violence: An Ethnographic Examination of Experiences in Turkey”
by JESSICA ZERRIN HOLLE
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

“Stories That Tell Themselves: A Study of What Makes Student Newspapers Tick”
by JAY PRINCEVILLE LAWRENCE
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick                                                                                                                                                    

“I Have Been Given This Language and I Intend to Use It: Language, Literature, and Cultural Autonomy in Postcolonial Africa”
by ADRIENNE CLAIRE LUEDERS-DUMONT
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick

“Taking Root: An Ethnographic Study of One Midwestern Community’s Relationship with Agriculture”
by MARNA MARIE MACGREGOR
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown

“Learning to Act: How Liberal Arts Students Get NGO Jobs, Join the Revolution, Sell Out, Infiltrate the System, Bus Tables to Pay Loans, or Bring New Worlds into Being,” a paired case study of the Bard Prison Initiative and Environmental and Urban Studies Program
by IAN HELGI MAGNUSSON
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki
                                                                                                                                                   
“The Embattlement of Reproduction: Exploring the Contemporary Pro-Life Movement as Embodied in Crisis Pregnancy Centers”
by MADELINE MARIE MCQUAIL
Project Adviser: Diana De G. Brown                                                                                                                                                   

“Spaces Contained: An Investigation of the Placement of Experimental Dance in Museums”
by JULIA ELIZABETH MEYER
Project Adviser: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Dance: “Exp(a/e)ndable” and “Stella Rose(n)fell,” an investigation of site-specific work vs. the proscenium stage
Project Adviser: Jean Churchill                                                                                                                                                  

“Trudeau, Tuberculosis, and Trails: The Adirondack Cottage Sanatorium and the Social Dimensions of TB”
by MORAIMA ORTIZ
Concentration: Science, Technology, and Society
Project Adviser: Gregory B. Moynahan

“The Irish Hunger: The Anthropological and Historical Environment of the Irish Potato Famine of 1845”
by JULIA LISANNE PELAEZ
Concentration: Irish and Celtic Studies
Project Adviser: Richard Aldous                                                                                                                                                  

“Christiania, You Bound My Heart: Generating, Negotiating, and Maintaining Boundaries in Copenhagen’s Freetown”
by KARA JO SCHULTZ
Concentration: Experimental Humanities
Project Advisers: Diana De G. Brown and David Kettler                                                                                                                                                

“Growing City,” an ethnography of urban farming in Tokyo
by NICHOLAS GEORGE SUGIHARA
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Yuka Suzuki

“Relatively Sexy: Passive Ethnographies by Millennial Americans in Cairo”
by NADINE NADER TADROS
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Omar Youssef Cheta 

“What Is Dead May Never Die,” an ethnography of Occupy Wall Street, revolutionary neontology, and messianic time after the end of history
by STEVEN TRAN-CREQUE
Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies
Project Adviser: Mario J. A. Bick                                                                                                                                                    

“Low Income, High Ability: Mapping Tensions of Multiple Modernities at the Renzulli Academy”
by ADRIENNE NICHOLE VITULLO
Concentration: Africana Studies
Project Adviser: Christian Crouch

Senior Projects 2013

My Identity Was a Journey: Blackness, History, and Cultural Heritage in the Construction of African American Identity at Bard College, an analysis of the multiple ways in which African American students articulate their identity / by Marie Louise Balo Lou
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

The Environmental Ethic of Wildland Firefighters: A Case Study of the 2002 Biscuit Fire / by Julia Marie Denning
Advisor: Michèle D. Dominy

The Gym, the Garage, and the Country Villa: Narratives of Space, Identity, and Retreat at Bard College / by Jonathan Bernard Greenberg
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Mediating the Narcomoment: (In)security, Propaganda, and Journalism in Contemporary Mexico, a critical look at the role of the news in Mexico's ongoing drug war / by Thomas Parker Hatley
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Conventions of Cosplay, an exploration of fandom, gender, and costumes at comic conventions / by Shana Jean Hausman
Advisor: Abou Farman

Depression: Illness and Experience at Bard College / by Samantha Leigh Hyers
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

Commercialization and Experience: Contemporary Developments in Electronic Dance Music in the United States of America / by Mihir Maitreya Mukhopadhaya
Advisor: Abou Farman

Texting the New Habitus: (Re)producing and Negotiating Practices and Expectations of the Texting Medium / by Daniel Kyoungshik Park
Advisor: Abou Farman

The Amigos' Swap-Meet Mall: Space, Place, and Latino Identity in a Los Angeles Swap Meet / by Carlos Ivan Ramos
Advisor: Abou Farman

Teaching Culture Inside the Classroom: Speech, Space, and Pedagogy / by Marika Majet Fine Sitz
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Reexamining Rape: The Shifting Views amongst College Students on Sex, Rape, and Sexual Violence / by Emma Victoria Thake
Adviser: Neni Panourgiá

Here Come the Brides: Strategies to Perform Legitimacy in Lesbian Weddings through the Reimagination of Marriage / by Molly Ariella Wexler-Romig
Advisor: Allison McKim

Sacred in the Raw: Cows, Communion, and Cosmology as Experienced by American Yogis through the Sacrament of Biodynamic Raw Milk, an examination of the multidimensional significance of taking raw milk as spiritual sacrament / by Alexandra Markakis Mills
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

Muslims and the Media in a Post-9/11 World: A Case Study of the ÔGround-Zero Mosque' Controversy / by Abby Miles-Ruttenberg
Advisor:  Mairaj Syed

A Very Merry Palestinian Christmas: Using Bethlehem Tourism to Create a Sovereign Palestine / by Sarah Stern
Adviser: Neni Panourgiá

The Cultural System of Medicine: The Sociocultural and Psychological Influences behind the Treatment of Intersexuality / by Dora Glenn Bowman
Advisor: Kristin Lane

Senior Projects 2012 

Assertions of Identity: Tribal Self- Representations at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center/ by Jeremy Ellis Sheehan Beliveau
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Nine- Banded “Leper”: Armadillos, Liminal Bodies, and Stigma in the United States/ by Diane Margaret Borden
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

The Garifuna Under Siege/ by Annel Monserratte Cabrera
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

Articulating the Home: Retreat, Activism, and Intimacy in Contemporary American Homesteading/ by Elizabeth Mae Castle
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

Politics of Image: Tracing Different Nepali Identities/ by Christina Chitrakar
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

The 2011 London Riots: Media Narratives and the Boundary between “Political” and “Criminal”/ by Laura Elisabeth Cramer
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

A Truthful Accounting of Events: The Roles of Linguistic Strategy, Narrative, and Performance in United States Asylum Hearings/ by Celia Michelle Feldman
Advisor: Michele Dominy

Immigrant Place Making: The Arab American Experience in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn/ by Elyse Molly Foladare
Advisor: Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

SAMBAdale- on- Hudson: And Ethnographic Study of the Samba School at Bard College/ by Alexander Robert Friedman
Advisor: Mario J.A. Bick

Digital Others: Representations of the Middle East in Contemporary Video Games/ by Matthew Ross Geiger:
Advisor: Nadia Latif

Moving Out, Moving In: Negotiating the Domestic Worker- Employer Relation Ship in Sao Paulo, Brazil/ by Sofia Bromfielf Geld
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

My Family, My Sngha, My Self: An Ethnographic Portrait of Tradition, Change, and Belonging in an American Temple/ by Marie Ann Hayashi
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

Marketing Marseille, or Building and Selling a Cultural Capital of Europe/ by Zoe Elizabeth Hickox
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

God Doesn't Give You Anything You Can't Handle: The Religious Expeditions of Sofia Reyes/ by Rebeca Renee Hunt
Advisor: Mario J.A. Bick

Mothers as Healers: An Ethnographic Study of Home- Healing and Maternal Nurturance in Vermont/ by Abigail Jean Lazarowski
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

An Exploration of the Zombie in Contemporary American Pop Culture, or, So This is How the World Ends... With Zombies Breaking Down Your Doors/ by Melissa Elise Longiaru
Advisor: Mario J.A. Bick

Seeing Mother Earth: Beyond Nature and Gender/ by Allison Kathleen Mazzulo
Advisor: Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

On Space, Place, and Identity: Armenians in Bourj Hammoud/ by Nora Palandijan
Advisor: Nadia Latif

Living and Monumental Pasts: The Production of Urban Heritage in Two Cities/ by Anar Amit Parikh
Advisor: Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

Tenders at the Margins: An Ethnography of Home Health Care Workers/ by Hallie Carmichael Sekoff
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

Looking through that Veil: The Making of a Tolerant Islamaphobic Reality in the Netherlands/ by Alexandra Pilla Sveikauskas
Advisor: Nadia Latif

Senior Projects 2011

Touring the Colonial: Leading Shimla, Seeing Shimla, Writing Shimla/ by Meghan Catherine Black
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

“Somos De Aqui”: Agency, Power, and Politics in a Local Dominican Carnival/ by Jose Michell Brito
Advisor: Mario J.A. Bick

Tutus and Tuxedos: Boundary Maintenance and Transgression in Childhood Costuming, Clothing, and Gender Expression/ by Emily Louise Brooks
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

Identities Imagined: Egypt on the Age of the Internet/ by Andrew Joseph Buchanan
Advisor: Nadia Latif

If we all Danced, There Would Be No War: Transmission and Inscription of Communal Ideas in Contra Dancing/ by Jeremy Ellington Carter- Gordon
Advisor: Mercedes Dujunco

“I'm the Tiger and You're the Snake”: Imagination and Creativity Among Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder/ by Coral Jane Cyzewski
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

Schooled in America: ESL and the Assimilation of Mexican Immigrant Children in Red Hook, New York/ by Bridget Ellen Dackow
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

Keepin' It Real: Arab American Negotiations of Identity and Space through Hip- Hop Music/ by Lauren Elizabeth Dunn
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Dissonance and Discord: The Journey of an International Choir through the Musical Landscape of South Africa/ by Elizabeth Osborne Henkle
Advisor: Yuka Suzuki

Capturing a Future: Unemployment, Uncertainty, and the Cultural Politics of Youth in Morocco/ by Michael Logan Kellner
Advisor: Jeffrey Jurgens

Locating the Forgotten: A Search for the Donaldson Coach House in the 19th- Century Blithewood Estate/ by Mariah Billings Kennedy
Advisor: Christopher R. Lindner

From the Neck Down: Body Hair Modifications and Modern Masculinities/ by Michael Edward Louvaris
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown

Liberal Education and the Incarcerated Individual: Reconstructing the Prison Space and its Effects on Prisoner Subjectivity/ by Erica Mateo
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Some Like It Hot: The Rhetoric of Eco- Apocalypse in Climate Change Communication/ by Enrico Joseph Purita
Advisor: Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

The Hobo/ by Jeremy Novig Rodigheri
Advisor: Mario J.A. Bick

“We're Dorks, This is What We Do”: Skill, Space, and Hierarchy in the World of Technical Theater/ by Nora Helen Rubenstone
Advisor: Laura Kunreuther

Local History Through the History of a House/ by Samantha Ruth Stephens
Advisor: Mario J.A. Bick

Tompkins Square Park: A Shifting Symbolic Representation of the Urban Restructuring of the Lower East Side/ by Samantha April Wilhelm
Advisor: Diana De G. Brown