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CURRENTS: Humanities Work Now

Aimi Bouillon (IMDA) and John Rennie Short (Public Policy)

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Performing Arts & Humanities Building : 216
Fall 2018 Works-in-Progress Talks

Finding Ryukyu
Aimi Bouillon, MFA Candidate in Intermedia + Digital Arts; 2018 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellow

My research involves a semiotic analysis of the Ryukyu oral language and the transliteration that happens when it is written into Japanese and/or English forms. I analyze and mine meaning in a documentary project titled “Finding Ryukyu” using historical documents and 35mm film photography. My interest is especially focused on the complexity of transliterating the Ryukyu language while maintaining original cultural meanings.

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The National Atlas as Imagined Community
John Rennie Short, Professor of Public Policy

I am interested in how the national atlas emerged from revolutionary ruptures and postcolonial reorganizations. I will show how states used the national atlas to embody the new country, giving it form and shape, a history and geography, a biopolitics and a statistical reality. The national atlas was used to build national identity and construct national coherence.
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