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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 ...
Western Portrayal of African Disability in Documentary Film
In this paper, I reflect on my experience as a Western filmmaker producing a documentary in Uganda, Africa. As preparation for this project, I examine the portrayal of African disability in some recent Western produced ...
Cultivating practical wisdom in the restoration of cultural artifacts
DaVinci's Mona Lisa, an 1860's "Volcano hearse" and a Confederate battle flag are just three examples of cultural artifacts which may require restoration because they are worn, dirty, damaged or structurally deteriorated. ...
Theoretical Approaches to Deconstruction in Music: Music as a Language, Signature, Yin-Yang , and the Function of Motive
This dissertation engages Jacques Derrida's philosophical theory of writing to interpret basic compositional musical elements. Derrida has rethought the traditional binary opposition of speech/writing, using his concept ...