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2011 Research Grants


ANNABEL BOEKE, ’12 “Tisis en la ciudad: Examining the Medical Discourse on TB in Turn of the Century Buenos Aires Annabel will examine the medical discourse on tuberculosis during the great wave of immigration to Buenos Aires, Argentina between 1870 and 1914. At that time, tuberculosis was linked to vice and the presumed genetic inferiority of immigrant groups. Thus, understanding racial hierarchies and the built environment of the old city center will be key aspects of her project.  In Colección Candiotti, she will read doctoral theses from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School dating back to mid-19th century. She will analyze her findings in an Advanced Independent Study with Professor Wells in the Fall 2011.  Read Annabel's report

ELI GARRARD,’12 “Body Politics in Contemporary Argentine Cinema”
Eli will be investigating the ways in which “body politics” are manifest in contemporary Argentine cinema. Recent political economic and social changes in Argentina—particularly since the severe economic crisis in 2001—have created a context in which traditional power relationships based on gender, class, religion, sexuality, and ethnicity/nationality are reconfigured. How do onscreen physical representations of bodies and identities communicate entrenched or transformed relationships of power? After completing his semester abroad program with IFSA-Butler in Buenos Aires in July, he will conduct library research interviews, and film analyses. Upon his return to Bowdoin he will conduct an Advanced Independent Study with Professor Yepes on the portrayal of social minorities in the Nuevo Cine Argentino.  Read Eli's report

LAURA TILL, ’12 “The Voice of Conflict: Mapuche Poetry and Identity in Southern Chile”
Laura will explore the ways in which Mapuche poetry is perceived by non-Mapuche who may or may not support the broader political claims of this ethnic minority. Comprising about 4% of Chile’s not support the broader political claims of this ethnic minority. Comprising about 4% of Chile’s population, the Mapuche are engaged in an ongoing struggle for state recognition of territorial rights and cultural heritage. Mapuche poetry is often a voice of protest. In the Fall 2011, Laura will conduct further research on poetry as a tool of social activism and Mapuche poetry in the context of 21st century.  Read Laura's report