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Graduate Student Papers


Award-Winning Graduate Student Papers on Technology and Knowledge Production
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
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“Contesting #whitegirlsrock: Exploring Acts of Conflict Engagement on Twitter as Resistance”
Erin Watley, Communications & Journalism

The goal of this exploratory paper is to take on a critical cultural approach and explore how the micro-blogging site Twitter can be seen as a tool for resistance against racial neoliberalism, which presents as a post-racial way of thinking by looking at the Twitter interactions around #blackgirlsrock and #whitegirlsrock, two conversations that began trending during the Black Girls Rock awards show on BET.  The #whitegirlsrock conversation seemed to start as a statement and response to #blackgirlsrock, lamenting that the focus of the show should just be just on generic ‘girls’ and that any focus on white girls would be labeled racist.  What is unique about this study is that I will be looking at the ways that the mechanics of Twitter lend themselves to being tools for engaging conflict.

Karuna Collective- Cycle of Life
Jake Foreman, Community and Regional Planning

The Karuna Colectiva is a lifestyle production enterprise whose main activities are promoting communication and dialogue around ways to live consciously and support one another. We use diverse channels of communication from social media, sign creation and t-shirt design to promote our mission of community resiliency through increased local internal capacity. We specialize in creating wearable art and accessories that promote resiliency and local capacity. We are a member-operated business that specializes in diffusing innovations in the way that we think, learn and relate to each other and the world around us.

The “Sharing” of Nationality?: The Refracting of Ukraine Through Multiple Media/Technological Fora
Olga Glinskii, Anthropology

Over the past five months, the socio-political turmoil and transformations in Ukraine have gathered considerable transnational attention. Invariably, the processes involved in the dissemination of information are accompanied by the proliferation of politically-interested deployments of various technologies of knowledge production. This paper draws from media representations, news coverage, documentary films and social media technologies, as meaning-making apparatus involved in the sometimes shared, and sometimes contested representations of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine for a transnational audience.



The Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies awarded $500 to three graduate students selected to present their research papers on Climate Change at a special panel held during the Annual AGSU Meeting in April, 2013. We congratulate the following students:

Valorie Aquino. Building Higher Resolution Chronologies for Paired Culture-Climate Investigations: A Case Study from Uxbenká, a Classic Maya Polity in the Eastern Lowlands of Belize. (Anthropology)
Nicholas Jarman. Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Change: A Case Study from Ice Patch Archaeology. (Anthropology)
Edward Merta. A Climate Gridlock: Climate Change Adaptation, Federalism, and Expansion of the National Electric Transmission Grid. (Law)