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A Musical Collaboration: the Orchestras of Auschwitz
(University of Washington Libraries, 2015)
In the historiography of the Holocaust, the subject of music is often disregarded in favor of politics, and when it is mentioned it is done so in passing. This paper seeks to understand how Nazis used music as a tool to degrade prisoners and, focusing on Auschwitz, how in one case prisoners used that music as a source of ...
Substance and Symbol: The Ethics of Water Use and Development in Oman
This thesis explores the varying ethical perceptions of water use in Oman. For many populations living in the hyper-arid Arabian Peninsula, cultural and religious values require that people strictly limit their water use. Today after one generation of intense urbanization, Omanis still maintain these values of conservation, ...
Working Together: Waterfront Politics, Peace and Solidarity during the 1948 West Coast Maritime Strike
In 1948, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and a coalition of other maritime unions went on strike, bringing the United States’ West Coast Ports to a standstill for 95 days. Despite facing increasing criticism for its radicalism in the face of the emerging Cold War, the union was able to win concessions ...
Giants, Dwarfs, and Skeletons on Display: Created Identity and the Commodified Abnormal Body in Georgian and Victorian Britain
The compulsion to collect, view and medicalize curious anatomy was evident in the proliferation of popular anatomy museums, the formation of institutional collections of pathology and the particular of freakshows in the nineteenth-century. For living freak performers and dead pathology specimens the most lucrative and valued ...
"He is hope for the wretched, the salvation of the desperate": Miracles of Justice in Reginald of Durham's Libellus de admirandis beati Cuthberti virtutibus
In twelfth-century northern England, the historical imagination was dominated by the region's most powerful and most popular saint. Both the bishops of Durham and the priors of the Benedictine convent attached to Durham cathedral drew on St. Cuthbert's renowned history and well-established authority to underline their own ...
Pushed Ashore: Coast Guard Screening on the Seattle Waterfront
In 1950s, the United States Coast Guard operated under security regulations which vested them with absolute power in determining what laborers had access to maritime employment in national ports. At the end of World War II the economic and strategic importance of Seattle as a port city intersected with the growing fear that ...
Neighborhood and Nation in Neoliberal Times: Urban Upheaval, Resistance, and National Identity in Buenos Aires, Argentina
In the wake of the devastating Argentine economic crisis of 2001, Buenos Aires has undergone one of the largest real estate booms in the city’s history – a boom that is fundamentally reconfiguring the urban landscape. In the midst of a whirlwind of urban development, several self-identified middle-class neighborhood activist ...
Bollywood Images: The illusions and realities of arranged marriages, weddings, dowries, and attitudes toward the girl child in the lives of women in India.
My intent is to explore three Bollywood films and the depictions of Indian life that they offer, especially as they relate to attitudes toward women and girls. The ideals held up within each film will be discussed side by side with the images that each presents, then compared and contrasted with the current realities of life ...
White Demon Sophistry: the Gates Foundation's Control over the Production of Knowledge of Women of the Global South
In this paper I conduct a discourse analysis of the Development paradigm to understand how aid workers control the production of knowledge around women of the Global South. In exploring how the development apparatus depicts women, I analyze the representations of women in real marketing materials from the Seattle-based NGO, ...
Look Who's Laughing: Black Buddies, Bodies, and Unlaughter in the Neo-Slave Narrative
This paper examines how humor broaching the topic of slavery can move beyond poor taste into savvy critiques of how historical narratives are formed. Two neo-slave narratives drive the exploration: Charles Johnson’s Oxherding Tale (1982) and Paul Bogart's Skin Game (1971).