Cultural Memory through Cold War Relics in the Bay Area

Elven anti-air Nike Missile Sites ringed San Francisco in a line of atomic protection, poised for launch at Soviet bombers that never came from 1950 to 1974. Only Nike Missile site SF-88 has been preserved in a coat of fresh paint that crowds of the curious have toured since 1974 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Sebastian Herics will be tracing the cultural memory of the Cold War by comparing Nike missile sites, both preserved and left to ruin, through the eyes of the military, the city of San Francisco, and various social movements in the BayWhat does it mean to have Cold War memories both preserved and left to crumble? He will be flying to Washington D.C. for various military archives.

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A Social History of Jordanian Communities During World War I

The centennial anniversary of World War I has generated much scholarship on large-scale atrocities against religious minority communities of the Ottoman Empire. However, historiography on the period has neglected to discuss smaller-scale religious violence that also occurred in Ottoman provinces, most notably against the Christian communities of Transjordan (1914-1916). Mathew will travel to modern-day Jordan to conduct archival research and to gather oral histories, in order to produce a narrative of the traumatic events experienced by the Christian communities of Ottoman Transjordan during the Great War. This project will further explore Christian-Muslim intercommunal relations during the Great War Period to evaluate whether community bonds prevented larger-scale atrocities. This project provides a case study that explores the adverse effects of war on the security of religious minorities in the Middle East.

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Berta Vive: A Look at the Engagement of California Hondureas in the Politics of Slain Environmental Activist Berta Caceres

Hundreds of environmental activists have been killed for defending land and natural resources in Honduras. Although Berta Cceres was one of many slain activists, she is the most renowned globally. This is largely due to her transnational coalition-building efforts and Goldman Environmental Prize recognition. Berta was an outspoken Indigenous Lenca leader and a feminist who advocated for indigenous land tenure. She spoke out against government corruption, the 2009 military coup d’tat, and U.S. interests in the country. Lulu will conduct ethnographic interviews with Honduran women living in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, California to explore transnational feminist engagement in the politics of Berta Cceres. Her work aims to elevate a California-based movement against the ongoing repression of land defenders, as well as the privatization and militarization of post-2009-coup Honduras.

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Latinas in Watsonville, Mass Incarceration, and the Effectiveness of Prison Writing Projects

Nancys project will address the silences of rural Latina narratives about intrapersonal and structural violence. She will explore what happens when writing coalitions are built between incarcerated women and rural Latinas who are system impacted and at risk of incarceration. Over the summer, Nancy will interview prison writing project activists and formerly incarcerated people to learn about the effects of these projects. She will analyze writings by incarcerated women, emphasizing themes related to autonomy, resilience, and self-narration. In the fall, she will facilitate writing workshops with system impacted Latinas at Renaissance High School in Watsonville, California. By doing so, she seeks to understand the specific narratives that incarcerated and system impacted Latinas have in rural communities and how community based efforts can further meet their needs.

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Silent No More: Giving Voice to the Women of Etruria

The unique visibility of Etruscan women has garnered great interest among scholars of Etruscology. That said, the status of these women in the 4th -1st century BCE, a period that witnessed the waning of Etruscan identity in the shadow of the emerging Roman Empire, has not yet been a major focus of study. Working to enhance our conception of the changing roles of women in Southern Etruria as they became assimilated into the patriarchal gender hierarchy of the Roman Republic, Micaela will be traveling to Rome to closely analyze the archaeological evidence from this transitional period, housed primarily in the Villa Guilia Museum. Her work will shed further light on these women in hopes of reaching a more complete understanding of the ancient foundations of our present conceptions of gender.

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