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Overlap Between Humanities Faculty Citations And Library Monograph Collections 2005-2009, Charlene Kellsey, Jennifer Knievel Nov 2012

Overlap Between Humanities Faculty Citations And Library Monograph Collections 2005-2009, Charlene Kellsey, Jennifer Knievel

University Libraries Faculty & Staff Contributions

The authors wished to evaluate whether their collection housed the resources that their humanities faculty needed (and actually used) for their research, with the hope of providing additional illumination about general resource use by humanities scholars. This study asks not whether anyone used what was already owned, but instead whether the library owned what was needed. The answer to this question might have implications for storage or weeding decisions, approval plans for collections, and interlibrary loan. A citation analysis of 28 monographs published by their institution’s humanities faculty between 2004 and 2009 was used to assess how many of ...


Leveraging Linked Data To Enhance Subject Access - A Case Study Of The University Of Colorado Boulder's World War I Collection Online, Thea Lindquist, Eero Hyvönen, Juha Törnroos, Eetu Mäkelä Aug 2012

Leveraging Linked Data To Enhance Subject Access - A Case Study Of The University Of Colorado Boulder's World War I Collection Online, Thea Lindquist, Eero Hyvönen, Juha Törnroos, Eetu Mäkelä

University Libraries Faculty & Staff Contributions

Academic users often find work with online primary sources both rewarding and challenging. Improving subject access in these sources is essential as digital collections propagate and work with primary sources becomes increasingly important in humanities curricula. A user needs assessment was conducted with humanities users at the University of Colorado Boulder to facilitate engagement with these sources. Two of the major user needs identified were improving findability and context, particularly for historical subjects. Linked Data can help meet these needs by linking related concepts in the sources using a specialized vocabulary, enriching them with outside resources, and enabling semantically rich ...


History On The Semantic Web As Linked Data - An Event Gazetteer And Timeline For World War I, Eero Hyvönen, Thea Lindquist, Juha Törnroos, Eetu Mäkelä Jun 2012

History On The Semantic Web As Linked Data - An Event Gazetteer And Timeline For World War I, Eero Hyvönen, Thea Lindquist, Juha Törnroos, Eetu Mäkelä

University Libraries Faculty & Staff Contributions

Events are an essential component of cultural heritage Linked Data: they link actors, places, times, objects, and other events into larger narrative structures, providing a rich basis for semantic searching, recommending, analysis, and visualization of cultural heritage data. This paper argues that shared vocabularies (gazetteers, ontologies) of events, such as the “Battle of Normandy” or “Crucifixion of Jesus”, are necessary to facilitate the aggregation and linking of heterogeneous content from various collections. For example, biographies, histories, photos, and paintings often reference or depict events. A set of general requirements for an event gazetteer is presented, based on the needs of ...


La Comunidad Efímera: Círculos De Artistas En La Novela Hispanoamericana Del Siglo Xx (Argentina, Cuba Y México), Luis Hernán Castañeda Jan 2012

La Comunidad Efímera: Círculos De Artistas En La Novela Hispanoamericana Del Siglo Xx (Argentina, Cuba Y México), Luis Hernán Castañeda

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation studies the motif of the circle of artists in six Spanish American novels of the 20th century: "Los siete locos" (1929)/"Los lanzallamas" (1931) by Roberto Arlt, "Adán Buenosayres" (1948) by Leopoldo Marechal, "Rayuela" (1963) by Julio Cortázar, "Tres tristes tigres" (1967) by Guillermo Cabrera Infante, "Palinuro de México" (1978) by Fernando del Paso, and "Los detectives salvajes" (1995) by Roberto Bolaño. These novels showcase a collective protagonist: a small and subversive group of artists and intellectuals who embrace a revolutionary plan. Rebellious and (post)avangardist in their nature, their goal is to transform life into art by ...


Revolution And Restoration: Mediating The Experience Of The Red Brigades., Marco Briziarelli Jan 2012

Revolution And Restoration: Mediating The Experience Of The Red Brigades., Marco Briziarelli

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The study explores the communicative practices of the Italian radical group Red Brigades (BR), the relationship the group established with the Italian press, and the specific social historical context in which the BR developed both its own self-understanding and the complex dialectical connection with the social whole. I provide an interpretation of the experience of the BR as a group that wanted to make history and ended up being subjected to it.

In relation to both scholarly treatment and popular perceptions, which tend for the most part to depict the BR as an "absolute negation" of the constitutive values of ...


The Making Of Modernity In South Korea: A Discourse Analysis Of Jazz In The Mass Media From The 1920s To 2011, Donghyup Ryu Jan 2012

The Making Of Modernity In South Korea: A Discourse Analysis Of Jazz In The Mass Media From The 1920s To 2011, Donghyup Ryu

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation explores how the discourse of modernity played a critical role in creating the meanings of jazz in the topography of South Korean popular culture. Based upon a discourse analysis of Korean media coverage about jazz from the 1920s to 2011, this study examines how jazz as a component of US popular culture shaped the social meanings of modernity in Korea. Before delving into an analysis of jazz discourse in Korea, the study explains the historical development of jazz by reviewing published literature including books, journal articles and other historical texts. Modernity and post-colonialist theories are suggested as two ...


Communitarian And Care Ethics: A Return To Community In The Digital Age, Robin Kathleen Donovan Jan 2012

Communitarian And Care Ethics: A Return To Community In The Digital Age, Robin Kathleen Donovan

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study investigates the role that communitarian and care ethics play in online user-generated content. As humans move through an ever growing "information age," people’s ethical awareness and understanding of new media has come into question. New media includes on-demand audio and video, social networking sites, and mobile device technologies. The rate at which new media is being developed and the accelerating pace at which people implement it have left many ethical considerations unanswered.

The community-based website EdHat Santa Barbara was as the data source for this study. Messages were analyzed using communitarian and care ethics criteria because of ...


“You’Ve Got To Be Realistic”: The Political And Economic Challenges Of Documentary Filmmakers In Boulder And Denver, Colorado, Anthony Reichl Collebrusco Jan 2012

“You’Ve Got To Be Realistic”: The Political And Economic Challenges Of Documentary Filmmakers In Boulder And Denver, Colorado, Anthony Reichl Collebrusco

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Documentary film is an increasingly popular genre and due to cheap filmmaking technologies, there are more documentary films being produced than ever before. Yet, despite the democratization of production, documentary filmmakers still face a number of challenges when it comes to funding, producing, and distributing their films. Copyright issues are a popular area of focus, but the cost of copyright clearance is not the only difficulty facing filmmakers. This qualitative study of documentary filmmakers explores the particular challenges faced by documentary filmmakers in Boulder and Denver, Colorado and places them in the context of historical figures and films of the ...


Re-Interpreting Mexican Rock Music: Contemporary Youth, Politics, And The Mexican State, Magdelana Red Jan 2012

Re-Interpreting Mexican Rock Music: Contemporary Youth, Politics, And The Mexican State, Magdelana Red

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation elaborates a theoretical intervention challenging accepted interpretations of the role of rock music in youth political expression and identity formation during the period following the Mexican government’s apertura, or opening, from the 1980s through the 2000s, a period that followed decades of censorship and tight government control of youth expression, popular culture, and national identity. In spite of the fact that youth under the age of twenty-four make up approximately forty-five percent of Mexico’s population, young people and their engagement with and creation of popular culture have been severely understudied. This dissertation argues that while previous ...


Silenced Tongues And Inaccessible Spaces: Home And Language In The Work Of Leïla Sebbar And Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Erica Grant Carley Jan 2012

Silenced Tongues And Inaccessible Spaces: Home And Language In The Work Of Leïla Sebbar And Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Erica Grant Carley

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Home has often been understood as a stable point of origin or a location of belonging, where one understands and is understood. However, the existence of multinational and multilingual homes prompts a reimagining of home as a concept. It cannot be considered a stable location through which identity and origin may be determined. Rather, home must be understood as an ever-changing set of feelings and experiences. As such, it is inextricably joined to language. It is through language that home is defined, experienced and constructed. In this paper, I discuss the varied notions of home and language in the autobiographical ...


Non-Subjects And Post-Individuals: The Negotiation Of Identity In The Postmodern American Suburb, Lacey N. Smith Jan 2012

Non-Subjects And Post-Individuals: The Negotiation Of Identity In The Postmodern American Suburb, Lacey N. Smith

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Suburban studies, particularly with regards to literary analysis, has only recently been recognized as an analytical space in its own right rather than as a peripheral space within urban studies. Through close readings of both Danielle Dutton's S P R A W L and Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, this essay investigates the ways that the suburb functions as a type of postmodern space, specifically focusing on the implications such space poses for notions of identity, individuality and subjectivity. In this essay, I employ Henri Lefebvre's theory of the production of space, Fredric Jameson's theory of postmodern ...


The Mother, The Beloved, And The Third Woman—Symbolic Exchanges: A Literary Model In Nievo, Tarchetti, And Svevo, Angela Polidori-Scordo-Noya Jan 2012

The Mother, The Beloved, And The Third Woman—Symbolic Exchanges: A Literary Model In Nievo, Tarchetti, And Svevo, Angela Polidori-Scordo-Noya

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The process of representation, which has been diagnosed at the root of our Western drive to know, according to modern thinkers, is inseparable from the imperial speaking subject. Such realization has led to a crisis in subjectivity that has forced us to question notions that in the past have anchored our sense of legitimacy. In literature, this crisis has been articulated as the dissolutions of the paternal fiction, understood as the guarantor of our heritage. In response to this crisis, however, we have turned away from the parental metaphor and searched for new spaces in which this loss can be ...


Enactive Cognitive Science And The Study Of Religious Traditions, John C. Thibdeau Jan 2012

Enactive Cognitive Science And The Study Of Religious Traditions, John C. Thibdeau

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In this paper I consider work in the cognitive science of religion in light of anthropological work by Saba Mahmood and Charles Hirschkind on the formation of religious subjects in contemporary Egypt to highlight how Foucault's historical constitution of the subject involves the cultivation of perceptual, affective, and gestural aptitudes. In particular, I draw from Michel Foucault on subjectivity and Talal Asad on the function of disciplinary practices in the formation of religious subjects in order to investigate how subjects are historically constituted as such in ways that make possible certain forms of thought, experience, and interaction. Furthermore, I ...


Posthumanist Rhetoric: Theory And Criticism For The More-Than-Human, Diane Marie Keeling Jan 2012

Posthumanist Rhetoric: Theory And Criticism For The More-Than-Human, Diane Marie Keeling

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation historicizes the way posthumanist values have been infused in theories of rhetoric from classical antiquity through our contemporary moment. There are many versions of posthumanism utilized by rhetorical scholars; however, these conversations have not yet been gathered for metacritical reflection. This project begins this process. I put contemporary rhetorical scholars interested in psychoanalysis, technology, the built world, the body, and animals in conversation with one another in ways that demonstrate a common thread in their writings. Terms such as transference, energy, relationality, affect, aesthetics, and physical materiality assist in the constitution of rhetoric as an intra-activity that continuously ...


Imaging And Imagining The Future: Rhetorical Visions Of Environmental Discourse In Gasland, David Eugene Hicks Jan 2012

Imaging And Imagining The Future: Rhetorical Visions Of Environmental Discourse In Gasland, David Eugene Hicks

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study offers a rhetorical vision analysis of contemporary environmental discourse using the critical approaches of text-intertext methodology and fantasy theme analysis. More specifically, it considers how the rhetorical strategies of Josh Fox's award-winning environmental documentary film, Gasland, configure the human-nature relationship and position stakeholders as potential agents of environmental change. The film speaks to the environmental risks of and devastation from natural gas development, especially the technology of hydraulic fracturing. The rhetorical artistry of Gasland results from a combination of ancient and modern narrative structures―the mythical "hero's journey" within the context of the American road trip ...


Albert Camus And Absurd Communication: From Undecidability To Übercommunication, Jorge M. Lizarzaburu Jan 2012

Albert Camus And Absurd Communication: From Undecidability To Übercommunication, Jorge M. Lizarzaburu

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Communication conceived as understanding is a normative telos among scholars in the field. Absurdity, in the work of Albert Camus, can provide us with a framework to go beyond communication understood as a binary (understanding and misunderstanding) and propose a new conception of communication as absurd. That is, it is an impossible task, however necessary thus we need to embrace its absurdity and value the effort itself as much as the result. Before getting into Camus' arguments I explain the work of Friedrich Nietzsche to understand the French philosopher in more detail. I describe eternal recurrence and Übermensch as two ...


“All Migrant Workers On The Earth Are One Family”: An Ethnographic Study Of Vernacular Rhetoric And Emerging Civil Sphere In A Transitional China, Mingjie Wang Jan 2012

“All Migrant Workers On The Earth Are One Family”: An Ethnographic Study Of Vernacular Rhetoric And Emerging Civil Sphere In A Transitional China, Mingjie Wang

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

China had remained one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but the human costs, economic inequality, social discrimination, and political marginalization imposed upon the hundreds of millions of migrant workers had become unprecedentedly grave. In the context of such social predicaments, Grassroots Home (GH) emerged as a self-regulated association of migrant workers, who aspired to make their collective voice heard and to imagine a better society.

This research regards GH as a representative anecdote of China's emerging civil sphere, defined as an ongoing social and rhetorical accomplishment of something approaching group solidarity and civil judgment about matters ...


New Rhetoric Meets New Dialectics: A Methodological Interaction On Music And Computational Creativity, Austin Corey Fracchia Jan 2012

New Rhetoric Meets New Dialectics: A Methodological Interaction On Music And Computational Creativity, Austin Corey Fracchia

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

My thesis considers the use of argumentation in two distinct traditions: rhetoric and dialectics. I apply Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca's New Rhetoric and Douglas Walton's New Dialectics in a rhetorical analysis of David Cope's Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style. The book contains an exchange between composer David Cope, and cognitive scientist Douglas Hofstadter, about the implications resulting from Cope's compositional computer program: Experiments in Musical Intelligence (EMI). I apply Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's concept of arguments of association and disassociation to analyze and categorize Cope and Hofstadter's arguments regarding the concepts of ...


An Honest Heart And A Knowing Head: A Study Of The Moral, Political, And Educational Thought Of Jean-Jacques Rousseau And Thomas Jefferson, Jason Robles Jan 2012

An Honest Heart And A Knowing Head: A Study Of The Moral, Political, And Educational Thought Of Jean-Jacques Rousseau And Thomas Jefferson, Jason Robles

Political Science Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The picture of democracy we get from both Thomas Jefferson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau is one that is characterized by potentiality or possibility: the development of democracy and the cultivation of virtuous, republican citizens are processes of perpetual becoming, or perpetual improvement and progress towards an ideal form of freedom. My primary objective is to demonstrate an affinity in principle between the moral, political, and educational thought of Thomas Jefferson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. While similarity is demonstrable, I do not claim that Jeffersonian republicanism and Rousseauian republicanism are merely ideological or theoretical carbon copies; each is, in fact, distinct in its ...


Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, And Space In A Post 9/11 America, Susanne Stadlbauer Jan 2012

Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, And Space In A Post 9/11 America, Susanne Stadlbauer

Linguistics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines how women in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of Colorado at Boulder respond to the negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims that have proliferated since 9/11. The media's positioning of Muslim women as "backwards" and "un-American" compels MSA women to construct an extensive discourse of da'wah (outreach to non-Muslims) that repositions Islamic doctrine within the terms of American modernity. While this discourse shows respect for Islamic ritual practices, such as praying five times daily and wearing the hijab, the women construct their use of these practices as an agentive choice informed ...


“What Are You Doing?”: How Improvisational Actors Use The Body In The Contextualization Of The Imagined Material World, Iris Jean Kolberg Jan 2012

“What Are You Doing?”: How Improvisational Actors Use The Body In The Contextualization Of The Imagined Material World, Iris Jean Kolberg

Linguistics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This paper looks at how improvisational actors use multi-modal contextualization cues to create rich and detailed imagined spaces with only the barest of built, material context. Using conversation analytic and ethnomethodological methodologies this paper examines three professional long-form improvisational performances. Beyond speech actors use bodily and visual cues, vocal quality and prosody. These cues become resources for actors to construct the imagined material context, character categories, character relationships and re-contextualize or edit the ongoing action of the overall performance.


"Religion Is Free $Cientology Is Neither:" Legal And Media Authorities In The Negotiation Of Religious Pluralism, Shannon Trosper Schorey Jan 2012

"Religion Is Free $Cientology Is Neither:" Legal And Media Authorities In The Negotiation Of Religious Pluralism, Shannon Trosper Schorey

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The Church of Scientology is one of the most controversial new religious movements of our contemporary time. As an esoteric organization the church has struggled to attain legal recognition as a religion while maintaining the secrecy of its core materials and has utilized a unique combination of religious freedoms, copyright, and trademark law in order to do so. I argue that the relationships between money, secrecy, and religion within the Church of Scientology are interpreted by many through the lens of censorship and fraud, but that the politics of religious pluralism in the U.S. ensured the overall protection of ...


Cutting To The Root: Buddhist Sacrifice, The Gcod Ritual, And Expressions Of Orthodoxy, Henry M. Schliff Jan 2012

Cutting To The Root: Buddhist Sacrifice, The Gcod Ritual, And Expressions Of Orthodoxy, Henry M. Schliff

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis considers three different dimensions of the Tibetan Buddhist gcod ritual; its role as a type of applied soteriology, the foundations of its ritual structure, and for its apotropaic functionality. One must consider gcod as a performative ritual and a philosophical discipline and these different yet complementary aspects of the practice can be clearly formulated and analyzed under the rubric of Buddhist sacrifice. It is crucial to examine how the Buddhist tradition has negotiated its relationship to sacrifice to see how gcod could come to be and gain widespread acceptance in Tibetan Buddhism. We must consider what allows gcod ...


Contesting Philosophical Authority In The Belly Of El Monstruo: A Case Study In Nonideal Political Theory And Epistemic Democracy, David Eric Meens Jan 2012

Contesting Philosophical Authority In The Belly Of El Monstruo: A Case Study In Nonideal Political Theory And Epistemic Democracy, David Eric Meens

Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations

What is philosophical inquiry about, how does one do it, and what is it good for? This paper draws upon original empirical work and is, in part, an instance of what students of the social sciences, especially those engaged in qualitative approaches to research such as ethnography, will recognize as what Fred Erickson termed a “natural history of inquiry.” During the summers of 2009 and 2010, I spent about two months conducting research in collaboration with a small, independent community located in Itztapalapa, an impoverished neighborhood of Mexico City. I set out to test one possible conceptualization of a political ...


German Dialects In The World Language Classroom, Rebecca Lynch Allison Jan 2012

German Dialects In The World Language Classroom, Rebecca Lynch Allison

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

World language teachers agree that students must be exposed to a variety of language variants and dialects in order to aid students in improving their language learning, increasing their ability to converse with native speakers, encouraging a global perspective, and gaining an understanding of a country, people, and culture. In this thesis I explain the rationale for teaching about dialects in a world language classroom, provide an overview of dialectology and sociolinguistics, present a concise history of German dialects, examine the research surrounding dialect education including the results of my survey of German teachers, and provide a detailed plan for ...


Life Is A Roller Coaster: A History Of Denver’S Lakeside Amusement Park, David Forsyth Jan 2012

Life Is A Roller Coaster: A History Of Denver’S Lakeside Amusement Park, David Forsyth

History Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation explores the history of Lakeside Amusement Park, built in 1908 in Denver, Colorado, through the context of Denver’s social, economic, and political development over the course of a century. Originally constructed by Denver brewer Adolph Zang as an elite amusement park with fairly tame attractions, Denver quickly adopted the park as part of its City Beautiful program. The City Beautiful movement, which provided a blueprint for beautifying ugly and hastily built cities, was developed from the architectural design of the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Lakeside’s story is an important addition to amusement park history because ...


The Politics Of "The Public": Public Art, Urban Regeneration And The Postindustrial City -- The Case Of Downtown Denver, Joni M. Palmer Jan 2012

The Politics Of "The Public": Public Art, Urban Regeneration And The Postindustrial City -- The Case Of Downtown Denver, Joni M. Palmer

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This research project explores why public art continues to be aestheticized and intrumentalized, and is thus not an integral part of critical urban discourses in mid-size cities. It is through an examination of the "public" in public art that I endeavored to achieve this. The overarching question of this research is: What are the conceptions and dimensions of "the public" in public art planning and implementation? This research bridges disciplinary divides (art history, landscape architecture, architecture, planning, arts administration, and geography) in order to instigate a more holistic conversation about public art, urban revitalization and post-industrial cities.

Denver was chosen ...


Buddhism In Post-Soviet Russia: The Geographic Contexts Of ‘Revival’, Edward Christian Holland Jan 2012

Buddhism In Post-Soviet Russia: The Geographic Contexts Of ‘Revival’, Edward Christian Holland

Geography Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation is about religious practice and belief among Buddhists in the Russian Federation. Using the case studies of Kalmykia and Buryatia, two of Russia’s 21 ethnic republics, I explore contemporary opinion about the relevance of Buddhism through a multiple methods approach. In Kalmykia, I use elite interviews, focus groups, and a small-scale (N=300) survey as the primary methodologies. While religious elites generally view the region’s religious revival as broad but not deep, there is a genuine sentiment that religion is an important component of post-Soviet national identity as expressed by interlocutors in focus groups and in ...