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M.A. Final Projects

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Policing the Beat: Hip Hop Bodies on Lockdown
Jiel Latimer, 2009

This 25-minute documentary short, by Jiel Latimer, explores black women's hyersexual representations in hip-hop music and argues that their hyper-visible bodies, which emerged during the corporate media takeover of this black working-class cultural expression, are linked to criminality and the increased presence of African American women in the U.S. prison system. Jiel Latimer completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in Spring 2009. Final Project Committee: Janell Hobson (Chair) and Vivien Ng.

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Sex on the Beach: Tourism in Contemporary Advertisements
Sylvia E. Perez, 2007

This 20-minute documentary short, by Sylvia E. Perez, examines tourism postcards from Brazil and the Dominican Republic. Drawing on historical narratives of slavery and colonial conquest in Latin America and the Caribbean, Perez argues that sexual representations of Latina women in contemporary ads, which fuel sex tourism and sex trafficking, have their roots in this troubled history. Sylvia Perez completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in Fall 2007. Final Project Committee: Janell Hobson (Chair) and Patricia Pinho.

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Digital Cartographies

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Middle Passages: Gendered Diasporas
Interactive Digital Map Project (
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Created in the seminar "Black Diasporas, Feminisms, and Sexual Politics" during the Spring 2009 semester, this educational and interactive, multimedia site is dedicated to decolonizing our worldviews as we map black women's lives and narrate transnational and transhistorical stories of how they cross borders, exchange cultures, and forge diasporic identities. Using diverse media, including Google Maps, video, audio, images, and text, history is linked to the present day by focusing on "gendering" the history of the Middle Passage, highlighting women's stories, and connecting this past with contemporary examples of migration, trafficking, and cultural flows.

The World

Mapping Cinema
Interactive Digital Map Project (Visit Site)

Created in the undergraduate course "Gender and Nation in World Cinema" during the Fall 2010 semester, this educational and interactive, multimedia site explores various film "locations" - in the story, in the production, and in audience reception. Integrating Google Maps and digital video, this project highlights the global processes that shape our world cinema.

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Mapping Women's Lives
Interactive Digital Map Project (Visit Site)

Created for the undergraduate course "Global Perspectives on Women" in the Spring 2011 semester, this educational and interactive, multimedia site uses Google Maps, digital video, and research to explore different issues impacting on women's lives in global, transnational, and historical perspectives.

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Mapping Women's Media
Interactive Digital Map Project (Visit Site)

Created for the summer online course "Women and the Media" in the Summer 2011 semester, this educational and interactive, multimedia site uses Google Maps, digital video, and research to explore women's representations in media and in global perspective.

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Women Creating Change
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Created for the undergraduate course "Women Creating Change" in the Fall 2012 semester, this education site presents students' research, made available via online resumes, of various women throughout history and across the globe who have impacted our world through significant political, cultural, and social change.

Electronic Narratives

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transcending silence...
Women's Studies Undergraduate E-Journal (Visit Site)

Premiering in Spring 2004 and supported by an Innovations in Teaching grant, this electronic journal is the final outcome of students' editorial work in the course, "Electronic Publishing in Women's Studies" (co-taught each year by Professors Janell Hobson and Vivien Ng). transcending silence... is the longest-running electronic journal on the web, with interactive, multimedia features and a multidisciplinary focus of undergraduate critical and creative work from feminist perspectives.

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Classism, Racism, and Sexism
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Digital storytelling, via digital videos, is used to explore the intersections of class, race, and gender and to link history with the present day. First started in the Spring 2008 semester of "Classism, Racism, and Sexism," a new site, iTunes U, is now utilized to continue in this development of new media storytelling as students are encouraged to challenge and dismantle the "isms" via 21st-century tools.

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Free Enterprise: A Novel by Michelle Cliff
A Multimedia Narrative (Visit Site)

Multimedia narratives are created by students enrolled in the Fall 2008 semester of "Narratives and Counter-Narratives" to interpret Michelle Cliff's complex novel, Free Enterprise, which explores through historical fiction the events surrounding John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859 and the myths revolving around Mary Ellen Pleasant, who was rumored to finance this abolitionist uprising.

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