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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Singing queer : archiving and constructing a lineage through song.

Cherry-Reid, Katharine A. 2015 (has links)
Using an arts-based approach, this research examines how songs written by queer and lesbian musicians can account for and archive queer lived existence while constructing a musical genealogy for listeners and artists alike. By examining my own experience of listening to and attending performances of certain queer and lesbian identified musicians, and then composing and performing my own songs in public spaces, I make a case for the corporeal mobility of songs, and a process I have termed “queer musical lineaging.” Much of the research around music to date has centred on how it impacts and influences brain activity, and how it brings together subcultures and publics. The significance of this project lies in the research around musical processes and practices (listening, composing, performing) as corporeal acts that connect bodies to one another, and build kinships. This research draws mainly upon primary sources of autoethnographic, written accounts in the form of journal entries, stories, poems and song lyrics, and conducts an interpretive analysis of six “queer” songs, five composed by the author of this thesis, and one composed in collaboration with a trans* youth. This project will contribute to research on arts-based practices as archival work, as well as the impact that songs have on people’s lives by broadening our understanding of music’s corporeal effects and genealogical role in lived experience. Arts, Faculty of Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, Institute for Graduate

“We Educate, they Indoctrinate” Religion and the Politics of Togetherness in Ontario Public Education

Van Arragon, Leo 2015 (has links)
Religion has had an ambiguous role in Ontario public education, having provided both the common language for social cohesion and for resistance by religious groups to what they have perceived to be a dominant, exclusive and coercive ethos. In similar ways, religious freedom and diversity have been highly prized and protected in Ontario while at the same time being sources of anxiety and social disruption. Using critical discourse analysis and critical genealogical analysis I examine the conflicted role of religion in Ontario public education through competing discourses in political rhetoric, selected government documents formulating ways of conceptualizing the role of religion in public education from 1950 to 2003 and case law between 1985 and 1997. More precisely, I examine ways in which educational, social and political goals of education have been intertwined throughout the history of Ontario public education. I show that the public school system has been a state instrument privileged to deliver public education as a way to resolve the tension between social cohesion and social diversity by delivering common civic values. One result is that challenges to the public school system are often interpreted as attacks on public education and on Ontario society, particularly when those challenges are launched by religious groups. This has meant that debates about the role of religion in public education tend to be volatile making serious dialogue about this important social issue difficult to achieve while restricting the space for religious diversity in public education.

Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Genomics of the Wallemiomycetes and a Newly Discovered Class of Extremophilic Fungi

Nguyen, Hai 2015 (has links)
New species of fungi that belong to the class Wallemiomycetes and related lineages were discovered and characterized. The Wallemiomycetes includes species of brown moulds from the genus Wallemia. Further study was warranted for Wallemia sebi because of its ubiquity in the human indoor environments and its potential roles in food spoilage, human allergy and disease. A survey of Wallemia in house dust was conducted. Sequencing of DNA and application of the genealogical concordance phylogenetic species recognition (GCPSR) led to recognition of four species within the W. sebi species complex (WSSC) and served as the foundation for phenotypic assessment and the formal description of three new species called W. mellicola, W. canadensis and W. tropicalis. A survey of heat resistant fungi in soils coincidentally resulted in the discovery of a new lineage of fungi related to Wallemia. This new lineage included a previously described monotypic genus Basidioascus and a new sister genus given the name Geminibasidium. A part of the morphological life cycle of these fungi was documented where two new basidial types were discovered, followed by the description of three new species called B. magus, G. donsium and G. hirsutum. Further studies on the sexuality and origins of the species B. undulatus were carried out with genome sequencing, genome analysis, confocal microscopy and electron microscopy. These results led to the creation of a new class of fungi called the Geminibasidiomycetes, which are distantly related to the Wallemiomycetes. Solving the WSSC, circumscribing a new class of fungi called Geminibasidiomycetes and characterizing the species of Geminibasidiomycetes on a taxonomic and genomic level are my original contributions to scientific knowledge.

Liquid traces : spatial practices, aesthetics and humanitarian dilemmas at the maritime borders of the EU

Pezzani, Lorenzo 2015 (has links)
This practice-based PhD critically investigates the aesthetic and spatial conditions that have turned the Mediterranean into a military-humanitarian border zone, dissecting the political anatomy of violence inflicted at and through the sea. It understands the maritime borders of the EU as a paradigmatic conflict zone in which new assemblages of power, legal arrangements and uneven patterns of mobility have emerged in relation to a vast, and yet patchy, surveillance apparatus. Contrary to the popular representation of the maritime territory as a homogeneous and empty expanse, the sea appears here as a technologically mediated space thick with events and complex relations between people, environments, and data. Recasting the notion of structural violence in aesthetic terms (i.e., as violence hidden in plain sight), this thesis further investigates documentary, humanitarian and cartographic practices that operate across this contested frontier and their role both in governmental practices of control and in migrants’ infrastructures of mobility. Part 1 (Genealogies) locates the current migration regime at sea within a longer genealogy of bordering technologies and aesthetic practices operating at sea. Part 2 (Liquid Traces) builds upon “Forensic Oceanography”, a project that I co-initiated in 2011 and which has mobilised geographic and media technologies (remote sensing, drift modelling, GIS, vessel tracking and others) to document the violence perpetrated against migrants in the Mediterranean. Here I read the maps, videos, visualisations and human right reports that I have co-produced during this project and that have been used as evidence in actual legal proceedings as attempts to challenge the regime of (in-)visibility imposed on this contested area. This thesis offers a new “cognitive mapping” of migration at sea by following my own situated encounters with the practices, policies, discourses and geographies that constitute the sea as a frontier.

Migratory Movements of Homo Faber: Mapping Fab Labs in Latin America

Sperling, David M., Herrera Polo, Pablo C., Scheeren, Rodrigo 8 July 2015 (has links)
Conference: 16th International Conference, CAAD Futures 2015 - "The next city". São Paulo, Brazil, July 8-10, 2015, At São Paulo, Brazil., Volume: Computer-Aided Architectural Design Futures. The Next City - New Technologies and the Future of the Built Environment ( Communications in Computer and Information Science, Volume 527 - 2015) The present paper is a mapping study of digital fabrication laboratories in Latin America. It presents and discusses results from a survey with 31 universities’ fab labs, studios and independent initiatives in Latin America. The objective of this study is fourfold: firstly, to draw the cultural, social and economic context of implementation of digital fabrication laboratories in the region; secondly, to synthesize relevant data from correlations between organizational structures, facilities and technologies, activities, types of prototypes, uses and areas of application; thirdly, to draw a network of people and institutions, recovering connections and the genealogy of these fab labs; and fourthly, to present some fab labs that are intertwined with local questions. The results obtained indicate a complex “homo faber” network of initiatives that embraces academic investigations, architectural developments, industry applications, artistic propositions and actions in social processes.

The Regime of Bio-power: Resistance and the Care of the Self in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake 生命權力下瑪格莉特愛伍特於末世男女中的抵抗與自我關注

黃嬿霖 2015 (has links)
碩士 國立高雄師範大學 英語學系 103 Abstract Margaret Atwood sketches a post-apocalyptic wasteland in her speculative fiction, Oryx and Crake. Murky and bleak as the story shows, it is to ring alarm bells. Therefore, with the work of fiction , this thesis problematises that with the banner of scientific objectivity, science or social sciences and consortia as accomplices, subjective intentions (individuals) are being manipulated and deployed. However, subjects as objects, we are all in one of the machinery under a larger context of the power mechanism without knowing the condition. The novel problematises several effects of bio-politics, such as technocracy and systems of classification, all of which seems to guarantee everyone a perfect life. A utopian plan is thought to save the tottering world. My argument is under the regime of bio-power, the subjectivity of an individual is passive and everyone acts like a docile body. However, can we see any resistance in the novel? Do we still have some hope woven in the storyline? To pursue a quality life and to lead a life of great happiness, a vigilant attitude is indispensable. Jimmy the Snowman, though wounded and traumatized, survives the human calamity. Snowman’s ability to love and reflection signals hope for future, which echoes an art of existence to the care of the self and then the others from the Greco-Roman period. Besides, Jimmy the Snowman bears a questioning attitude to reflect on lives he has lead, trying to break a passive subjectivity under the bio-power. Through the genealogy of the care of the self from the Greco-Roman period to modern times, Foucault provides us a vision to see the shaping of subjectivity. Hence, given the care of the self in ancient times, an art of existence, the ethics of life, provides us examples to draw an experience. In this way, although Oryx and Crake is an open-ended story, left with survivors and Jimmy the Snowman, I believe that Atwood does not give us an apocalypse but a world waiting for making amends. Keywords: post-apocalyptic, speculative, technocracy, the care of the self

Estimación de coeficientes de consaguinidad y su efecto sobre peso al nacimiento y peso de vellos en una población de alpacas

Vilela Velarde, Jorge Luis 2015 (has links)
En la actualidad, información acerca de consanguinidad e intervalo generacional en alpacas, a partir de información de registro genealógico, para el monitoreo del progreso genético de programas de selección, depresión consanguínea sobre caracteres productivos o variabilidad genética para estrategias de conservación, son escasos. El objetivo de esta investigación es determinar los coeficientes de consanguinidad, el intervalo generacional y el efecto de la consanguinidad sobre peso al nacimiento y peso de vellón, en una población de alpacas. Para determinar estos parámetros, una base de datos de 12,493 individuos nacidos entre 1999 y 2012 en el fundo Mallkini del grupo MICHELL, en Puno, Perú, fue analizado y procesado con el programa Pedigree Viewer y ENDOG 4.8. Para el análisis estadístico de los resultados, se usó el paquete estadístico SAS. El coeficiente de consanguinidad promedio fue de 0.1654%, para toda la población. Solo 1.097% de las alpacas tuvieron un coeficiente de consanguinidad mayor a 0, con un valor mínimo de 1.56% y un máximo de 25%. El intervalo generacional obtenido fue de 5.938±0.017, 6.319±0.034, y 5,606±0.034 para toda la población, los machos y las hembras, respectivamente. El efecto de 1% de consanguinidad resulta en -0.00418 Kg y -0.01107 Kg para peso al nacimiento y peso de vellón, con valores de p= 0.530 y p= 0.002, respectivamente. Además, se observó un incremento promedio del coeficiente de consanguinidad en la población menor a 1% por generación (0.23%). Estos resultados muestran que la consanguinidad en esta población es muy baja y el incremento de la consanguinidad es menor al 1%, lo cual es bajo. El intervalo generacional es el esperado considerando su fisiología y tiempo de vida productiva. No obstante, el efecto de la depresión consanguínea sobre peso al nacimiento no es estadísticamente significativo pero para peso de vellón si los es. Es importante contar con mayor información genealógica para una mejor estimación de coeficientes de consanguinidad y su efecto sobre caracteres productivos en alpacas. --- Nowadays, information about inbreeding and generation intervals in alpacas from pedigree information to monitoring genetic progress of selection programs, inbreeding depression on productive traits or genetic variability for conservations strategies, are scarce. The aim of this research is to determinate inbreeding coefficients, generation intervals and the effect of inbreeding on birth weight and fleece weight in a population of alpacas. To determinate these parameters, data from 12,493 individuals born from 1999 to 2012 in Mallkinis´ Farm - MICHELL Group, in Puno, Perú, were analyzed and processed with Pedigree Viewer and the program ENDOG 4.8. Stastistical analysis was made with SAS. Average inbreeding coefficients was 0.1654% for the whole population. Only 1.097% alpacas had inbreeding coefficients greater than 0, with a minimum value of 1.56 % and a maximum of 25%. Generation intervals obtained were 5.938±0.017, 6.319±0.034, and 5,606±0.034 for the whole population, males and females, respectively, being differences between sexes statistically significant. Furthermore, differences were found per type and color of alpacas. The effect of 1% of inbreeding results in -0.00418 Kg and -0.01107 Kg for birth weight and fleece weight, with p= 0.530 and p= 0.002, respectively. Also, the average increase of inbreeding coefficients by generation was less 1% (0.23%). The results show that the inbreeding in this population is present in a smaller extent. Nevertheless, the effect of inbreeding depression in birth weight is no statistically significant but fleece weight it is. It is important to get more genealogical information for a better estimation of inbreeding coefficients and its effect on productive traits in alpacas Key words: Inbreeding, alpaca, genealogical, inbreeding depression

Botched taxidermy : new animal bodies in contemporary art

Aloi, Giovanni 2015 (has links)
The past fifteen years have seen an unexpected resurgence of taxidermy in popular culture — from hip restaurants and bars to interior design and movies. However this phenomenon has been counterposed by the simultaneous dismantling of dioramas in natural history museums in light of a postcolonial critical reappraisal of the practice, predominantly contextualizing taxidermy as the negative by-product of Victorian-era colonization. It is clear that utopian positivistic visions of that time and the imperialist economies of power, subjugation, and wealth indeed contributed to the emergence of taxidermy. However, between this negative positioning of its historical past and the renewed ‘hype’ it has found in popular culture, lies the emergence of taxidermy in the contemporary exhibition space. This thesis focuses on the latter phenomenon, questioning the problematic and uncomfortable encounters with manipulated animal bodies that seemingly return, along with our shared histories, to haunt us. Taking Steve Baker’s landmark theorization of the postmodern animal as a starting point, and more specifically concentrating on the ‘botched taxidermy’ strand of his thought, this thesis focuses on a selection of works by contemporary artists Gerard Richter, Roni Horn, Jordan Baseman, and Steve Bishop. Situated across the disciplines of animal studies, Foucault studies, and visual cultures, this inquiry focuses on how the differential specificities of mediums such as photography, painting, and sculpture in some instances provide a productive opportunity to rethink human/animal relations through art. To support this analysis, and departing from the frame offered by Baker, this thesis also provides a new critique of Foucault’s fragmentary work on painting and photography. It thus expands his unfinished project to adapt genealogical and biopolitical frameworks to visual analysis. More broadly, this thesis grounds current posthumanist debates in the definitive movements of contemporary art.

Exhibiting the everyday : the musealization of 1950s material culture in France and Germany

Bostock, Stephanie 2015 (has links)
Over the course of the last decade, the 1950s have been transformed from little more than a historical interregnum between the Second World War and the 1960s into a powerful trope in the popular imagination. Nowhere has this shift been more significant than in France and Germany, where processes of forgetting connected to post-war nation-building and mythification are giving way to more complex reappraisals of the 1950s. The French and German museum landscapes, in particular, have seen the emergence of a large number of museums and exhibitions devoted to the period since the turn of the new millennium. Concerned with the quotidian realities of day-to-day life and the grassroots experiences of ‘normal’ people, these sites are part of a proliferation of 1950s-related remembering enacted through the lens of the everyday. Using a variety of sources, ranging from personal interpretation of exhibitions and collections to museum catalogues and press reports, this thesis examines the multifarious nature of museum representation and remembering associated with the 1950s in France and Germany. By focusing on nine different sites, it assesses the different spatio-temporal frameworks and strategies used to narrate the 1950s, and determines how ‘counter-memories’ and more hegemonic memories and histories of the period are being constructed across different regional and national contexts. Despite the significance of national myths and memorial tendencies, it finds that the 1950s are being reimagined through a plurality of local, regional, national and transnational narratives, and that ‘bottom-up’ and ‘top-down’ approaches are giving way to more nuanced ways of reframing the post-war period. These findings highlight the increasing democratization of history and memory and the diverse ways in which ‘counter-memory’ and ‘genealogy’ are employed to reclaim the 1950s past. As such, the 1950s are being reworked from a simple decadal period into a semantically richer ‘time-space’.

Popular sovereignty in Europe

Beetz, Jan P. 2015 (has links)
This thesis proposes a realist analysis of the contemporary concept of popular sovereignty in its ability to make sense of the EU's legitimacy. Drawing upon Bernard Williams' political thought, a conception of legitimacy should make sense of hierarchical rule as a desirable civic order from within its own historical circumstances at the normative level. In addition, it should offer realistic guidance to political agents, meaning that its political fictions must therefore acquire a certain degree of practical resonance in order to act as heuristic tools. The modern concept of popular sovereignty sets appropriate criteria of legitimacy based upon the bonds created between citizens. Through a genealogical inquiry, I reconstruct conceptions of popular sovereignty which underpin defences of the EU's output, democratic, and identitarian legitimacy from canonical arguments. These justifications of the state consider the people as beneficiaries of security and economic prosperity, as a self-governing demos, and as a cultural nation, respectively. I propose a realist vindication of this multi-faceted conception of popular sovereignty at the normative level, because these different conceptions complement one another in making sense of the sovereign state's legitimacy. The thesis then discusses how the political fictions of the people could simultaneously make sense within the European polity. In short, the citizens of Europe's polities have become part of the normative systems which create judicial-economic, civic-democratic, and socio-cultural relationships within the territorial borders of the European states. In addition, the centralisation of decision-making power and implementation resources has given plausibility to the political fiction of sovereignty. European integration has, however, resulted in a reconfiguration of these normative systems and restructuring of power into a two-tier political order. In this novel context, a realist vindication of the contemporary conception of popular sovereignty is no longer possible. The thesis concludes by suggesting that a demoicratic reconceptualisation of popular sovereignty offers a constructive way to make sense of the EU's legitimacy.

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