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Anthropology students’ research presented through May 1

BOONE—The spring 2014 Anthropology Senior Student Symposium at Appalachian State University will be held April 17, 24 and May 1 at Appalachian State University. The symposium, in Plemmons Student Union’s Linville Gorge Room, will feature topics ranging from American boarding schools and forced assimilation to the decline of the labor union in the U.S.

The schedule of presentations follows:

Thursday, April 17
3:30 p.m. – “Hegemony and American Indian Boarding Schools: Resistance through Appropriation.” Caitlyn L. Brant provides an historical analysis of the role of federal policies and education in the attempted forced assimilation of Native American communities in the United States.

3:55 p.m. – “Solidarity: How Social Movements Implement Collective Identity and Social Contracts to Create Change in Civil Society.” Sydney Brown’s paper discusses how the formation of collective identity is both necessary and pivotal in the fostering of successful movements.

4:20 p.m. – “‘This is Not Your Country’: Race, Religion, and Identity among Lebanese Communities in West Africa.” Adam Mueller addresses how the Lebanese diaspora in West Africa has struggled as a community and how individuals have constructed new identities.

4:45 p.m. – “Representations without Meaning: The Depictions of Victim and Survivor in American Media and Legislation.” Kirstie Wolf’s research analyses the media’s use of the “victim or “survivor” of those who experience sexual violence and how their own experiences and self-identification are ignored and silenced by media representations, policy and legislation.

5:10 p.m. – “The Geophysical Search for Camp Mast” will be presented by Dan Polito.

Thursday, April 24
3:30 p.m. – “Moving beyond a Moral Paradigm: Examining Complexities between Resource Extraction and Lived Experience in Alaska’s North Slope Borough.” Megan Biddix argues that indigenous perceptions of energy in Alaska are entangled with and borne from community views on individual rights, land and landscapes, and lived experiences.

3:55 p.m. –“Silence in Solidarity: The Vulnerable Structures of Indigenous Ethnic Politics in Latin America.” Dan Derman explores how indigenous ethnic political movements in Latin America attempt to open the spaces and opportunities of voice and representation within larger public spheres, while governments have attempt to appease, co-opt and discredit those movements.

4:20 p.m. “Media and Solidarity: The Decline of the Labor Union in the United States.” John Forney argues that one major reason for declining labor union membership has been the consolidation and direction of U.S. mass media in converting public opinion toward individualism.

4:45 p.m. – “From Agriculture to Oil: Keeping Colonialism Alive.” Rebecca Thompson investigates how the Ogoni people have continued to suffer and lose land to oil companies operating in Nigeria, forcing traditional farmers into a market economy, and how older colonial structures from British rule are maintained to sustain and protect resource extraction.

Thursday, May 1
3:45 p.m. – “Indigenous Whaling in Barrow, Alaska: Cultural Identity and Oil.” Jorden Gragg offers a background of indigenous whaling communities in Alaska to provide a context for understanding the cultural significance of bowhead whaling in relation to community identity and how the impacts of oil extraction threaten sociocultural framings of indigenousness and practices.

4:10 p.m. – “Capitalism as Structural Violence and the Iñupiat Whaling Identity.” Kaleb H. Shulda-Haddad writes that oil companies in the Alaska arctic operate within an economic system of capitalism that inflicts structural violence upon an indigenous community.

4:35 p.m. – “Social Similarities and Differences between Southern Japan and the Southern United States.” This paper by Katie Horton explores a comparative view of the similarities and differences between Southern U.S. social norms and those from an international exchange scholar community from Southern Japan.

5 p.m. – “Rethinking Globalization through Indigenous Cultural Hybridity: A Case Study of Community Tourism in Amazonian Ecuador.” Sarah Perry addresses the relationship between identity and modernization, which includes the forces of globalization and capitalism.

5:25 p.m. – “Friction in the Amazon: A Multi-Level Approach to Understanding Changing Local Economies in the Napo Region of Ecuador.” Grey Tampa applies Anna Tsing’s model of “friction” to a small community in the Napo province of Ecuador’s Amazon Basin.

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