This thesis is a novella set in a future society where android technology has developed to the point that humans no longer have to work. It explores topics including how humans might organize outside of a labor hierarchy, the characteristics that qualify an entity to bear legal and political rights, and propaganda as a tool for statecraft., 2018, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/1936, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
Kim, Yonggyun (Yonggyun Kim) (Author), (Cecilia Miller) (Thesis advisor)
This thesis is a screenplay about a young girl who is running away from the Bolsheviks. The story is inspired by a true incident called the Massacre of Svobodny in 1921 when the Bolsheviks slaughtered thousands of Korean independence fighters. Three main themes of this screenplay are survival, sacrifice and vengeance. Although the story is based on an incident that is unfamiliar to non-Koreans, with these universal themes, I believe that audiences could empathize with the story easily.
This thesis also includes historical background. Since the story is based on a true incident, I believe that providing historical facts are important for audiences to understand the story more naturally. I summarized what was happening between the Bolsheviks and Korean independence fighters in the early 20th century, and I believe this gives readers a better understanding of the story., 2019, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/2244, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
In 2017, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which translates to the Alternative for Germany, became the first radical-right party in the postwar era, to join German parliament. The AfD far surpassed the 5 percent threshold for representation with a 12.6% electoral result, becoming the third-largest party in parliament, in September 2017. The recent success of the European far-right has been well-documented and, curiously, the AfD rose to power in the midst of a robust macroeconomic climate for Germany, a period of record low unemployment and robust economic growth, to overcome longstanding, postwar stigmas repressing the German radical-right. Political safeguards, including a 5 percent threshold for parliamentary representation and the banning of anti-democratic parties in the country, have been a potent deterrent to past radical-parties in the country.
Campaigning on a platform that identified, incited, and radicalized anti-immigrant sentiment in the country, the AfD’s penchant for controversy and uncompromising positions proved to be unexpectedly attractive to portions of the German electorate. It will be argued that, while anti-immigrant sentiment is prevalent across Europe, Germany, in particular, has had a complex relationship with immigrants and was not, from a political standpoint, prepared to admit over 1 million refugees in 2015, which bolstered the AfD’s appeal. Moreover, there are a set of key conditions that facilitated the AfD’s rise, including the weakness of established political parties and a disjointed European migration policy., 2019, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/2138, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
This thesis is devoted to reassessing Fukuyama's End of History, first by correcting some common misconceptions about it, and second by reinventing it through synthesis with Huntington's Clash of Civilizations and Hardt and Negri's Empire. The first objective of this thesis is to unearth as many relevant nuances, qualifications, clarifications, and modifications the authors attach to their paradigms as possible; and to organize these findings clearly enough to articulate the internal logic of the paradigms-to iron out the conceptual wrinkles into a smooth surface. The second objective is to apply those basic findings to accommodate creative syntheses between the paradigms-which will be called the "End of the Clash of Civilizations," the "Beginning of Alter-History," and the "End of Civil Society"-and thereby to distill the oft-unnoticed versatility of Fukuyama's philosophy of history, in adapting to and absorbing Huntington's and Hardt and Negri's paradigms., 2010, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/406, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
Gomberoff, Alexandra (Alexandra Gomberoff) (Author), (Cecilia Miller) (Thesis advisor)
The Chilean military coup of 1973, and the repressive regime that followed it created a transnational diaspora of over 200,000 exiles, asylum seekers, and other migrants. While there exists a great body of literature on those individuals who experienced this violence and displacement as adults, little attention has been given to how their children, the Chilean diaspora's "hinge" generation, remembers, experiences, and constructs their own narratives of loss and dislocation. This thesis aims to complicate existing narratives of loss and displacement, by centering the second generation to encourage a multivalent and heteroglossic approach to memory narratives. It investigates how the narratives of the Chilean diasporic hinge generation could be articulated and uses fiction as the vehicle for their expression. Three original short stories -- Seventy-Three in Sound and Silence, ¿Where is Raúl Ortega?, and Retornado -- form the centerpiece of this project. These stories were informed by 16 personal interviews conducted by the author with members of her family and other displaced Chileans, as well as audiovisual testimonies of displaced Chileans from the archives at el Museo de la Memoria y Derechos Humanos in Santiago, Chile. An additional two non-fiction chapters provide a historical analysis of the period in question, as well as a theoretical framework to understand the memory struggles at play, building off the scholarship of Marianne Hirsch, Elizabeth Jelin, Hannah Arendt, Michael Jackson, Roberto Bolaño, Eva Hoffman, Jean Franco, Martha Minow, Owain Jones, and Dominick LaCapra., 2019, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/2132, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
Cruickshanks, Lauchlin Alexander (Lauchlin Alexander Cruickshanks) (Author), (Cecilia Miller) (Thesis advisor)
This thesis assesses the impact of the Union of 1707, the political and economic Union that joined Scotland and England under one Parliament, and foreign policy, creating the modern state of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. It focuses on the four major aspects of Highland society: the clan structure; the political structure of post-Union Scotland; the economy in the larger European, and British contexts; and the migratory patterns of the Highlanders, both within Britain and in the American Colonies., 2008, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/118, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
This thesis examines elite Victorian public school education and its relation to British imperial machinations, with a brief focus on the Roman Empire as a model and cautionary tale. It addresses how elite schools were mirrors of their society; how the mores of the time were reflected in the classical curriculum and daily life; and to what degree the schools were crucial to the furthering of empire, not only officially and unofficially urging boys to serve their country after graduation but also preparing boys for their life of service by encouraging them to self-govern in a male-dominated environment., 2008, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/126, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)