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2018-2019

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    Archaeologist-Private Collector Collaborations: A Student Perspective by Mills, Nikki

    This research project explores the impacts of professional archaeology on private artifact collectors, and how understanding both domains is vital to furthering our knowledge of the past. Using the ethical framework laid out in the Society for American Archaeology 2018 Statement on Collaboration with Responsible and Responsive Stewards of the Past, this work aims to combine collaborative inquiry, archaeological ethnography, and fieldwork to partner with a private collector in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. The collection, alongside the narrative of this private collecting couple, provides an important cautionary tale to professionals seeking to better collaborative efforts with other responsible and responsive stewards of the past.

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    De-Mystifying the Gender-Based Violence Discourse: A Linguistic Analysis of Public Reception to Historically Prominent Male Perpetrators by Pray, Sophia Fern

    This senior thesis project explores the interrelated nature of gendered privilege and Gender-Based Violence through the lens of three historically significant cases from the past century: the William F. Slocum controversy on the Colorado College campus in 1917, the Thomas Clarence (v. Anita Hill) congressional hearing in 1991, and the Brett Kavanaugh (v. Christine Ford) congressional hearing in 2018. An examination of both public official and general public reactions to these three cases at the time of their occurrence, with a focus on characterizations of the three men involved, show a simultaneous upholding of a successful, powerful yet innocent male trope and an outbreak of new confrontations of such male privilege through the emergence of new media. Specifically, themes of misrecognition and narrative authenticity are addressed through an interdisciplinary perspective that draws on feminist, media studies, and linguistic anthropological theory.

  • Thumbnail for Making and Remaking Shangrila: The Confrontation and Negotiation between Tibetan Cultural Preservation and State-Sponsored Tourism
    Making and Remaking Shangrila: The Confrontation and Negotiation between Tibetan Cultural Preservation and State-Sponsored Tourism by Zhao, Ziyu

    Since 1999, the central policy of “Open Up the West” has introduced state-sponsored tourism and global commercial market into Shangrila, a regionally peripheral and economically marginal county in Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan, China. Over the decades, the political economy of state-sponsored tourism and globalization have brought along external aggressions of commercialism and modern mode of production and thus caused tremendous socio-cultural changes in Shangrila’s landscape. In my research, the major social difficulties caused by external aggressions include the emphasis on economic growth over cultural preservation, inequity, and transformation of traditional social structure. In response to these negative socio-cultural changes, Tibetan cultural preservation in Shangrila organizes itself into a form of sustainable development that reacts against and negotiates with the overarching structure of state-sponsored tourism in order to guarantee both preservation of traditional culture and local society’s incorporation into modernity. In details, local preservation activists utilize tourism as a niche, in which modern technology is introduced and traditional social structure is preserved. By doing this, they also intend to convey correct representations of Tibetan culture to the general public, enhance tourists’ and locals’ appreciation of Tibetan culture, and improve locals’ economic and social well-being.

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    The Dead Man’s Cave Gulch Cache: Strategies for Historic Caches by Axelrod, Ella Nicole

    Historical Archaeology is a discipline informed by research in the archaeological and documentary record. However, the details of the research process for historical assemblages are not often documented in a way that can be applied to other cases. This paper discusses the methodological and research strategies used in the study of the Dead Man’s Cave Gulch (DMCG) cache. Little has been written on historic caches and further documentation is merited. Beginning with presenting the context of research strategies in historic archaeology and previous research on caches, this paper will outline resources available for researchers, including resources in the state of Colorado. Finally, it will present the results of the DMCG cache study.