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Graduate Student Research Fellows

Fall 2018 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellow

Chinen Aimi Bouillon, M.F.A Candidate, Intermedia + Digital Arts Graduate Program
Project: Finding Ryukyu

For my thesis project, I aim to capture the hidden histories of local plant life, memorials, and landscapes in what are sometimes called somaesthetic structures, or affective environments that shape and perpetuate human behavior. Through images of the Okinawan environment, I seek to discover indigenous Ryukyuan concepts used in maintaining healthy family, community, and societal relations with nature. I will be mining the symbolic capacity of documentary photography to represent known and unknown schematic narratives of Ryukyuan histories.


Spring 2019 Dresher Center Graduate Student Research Fellow

Ibrahim Er, Ph.D. Candidate, Language, Literacy, and Culture Program
Project: The Case of the Monk – Galip Dervis: A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis of a Cross-Cultural Television Format Adaptatio

The Case of the Monk explores the contemporary local face of global television in Turkey, a time period marked by a neoliberal restructuring of the political and cultural landscape of the country; and how, amidst this intense socio-economic transformation, existing local relations of power get defended and perpetuated through the appropriated narratives of the traveling other. This dissertation project particularly focuses on the ways in which local adaptations of TV drama and comedy series, two of the most popular TV genres in the country, affirm or challenge cultural norms of authority, gender and sexuality regimes, and nationalist sentiments.


For a list of previous Graduate Student Research Fellows, please visit the Archives page.