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"No matter what they think of me": Religious beliefs and practices of Gospel rappers in Buffalo, NY
Late in the nineties and into the millennium, Buffalo witnessed a proliferation of Gospel rappers. Out of the clash of street sound and Christian based content, a new group of Christian rappers has emerged. As they did in ...
Surveying the damage: Political aesthetics of violence after Abu Ghraib
From the outstretched hands of an injured Haitian girl who reaches toward the camera to the thumbs up of a U.S. interrogator who stands over the naked body of a detainee, we are inundated, today, with politicized images ...
deCODE: Genomics, anonymity, and informatic control
In 1998, an American biotech firm, Decode Genetics, attempted to secure an exclusive license from the Icelandic government to create and commercially exploit a comprehensive database containing the health records, genealogical ...
Modern art, mosques, and the Maghreb French Orientalist painting of mosques and prayer in Muslim North Africa during colonialism
This paper analyses the use of mosques and the Muslim faithful as pictorial subjects for modern French Orientalist painters during the period of French colonialism in North Africa. France's "civilizing mission" of its North ...
Reinventing the wheel A systems theory of materialism in architecture
This thesis is an investigation into material aspects of architecture and is focused on two complimentary areas of inquiry. The first is a theoretical framework that proposes and outlines a specific model for material ...