Biopolitical Cooking with Vishnu: Spanish Flavor for the Discerning Cyborg Palate

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  • Avatars of Vishnu in Hindu Culture

    Thompson, Celeste; Srivatsa, Abhiram; College of Science and Mathematics; Heckman, Christina; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Rust, Brian; Department of Art; Augusta University (2018-02-12)
    According to the Hindu religion, Vishnu, the God of Preservation, incarnates on earth in times of trouble. Whenever there is a threatening evil, Vishnu comes down to Earth in various forms, or avatars, to defend righteousness by eliminating the evil. Thereare a total of ten major avatars of Vishnu that Hindu tradition focuses on. These avatars are collectively known as the dashavatar, which literally translates to "ten avatars" in the ancient language of Sanskrit. This presentation focuses on three specific incarnations of Vishnu: Matsya, Kurma, and Narasimha. Matsya is a fish-form avatar who saves humanity from devastating floods. Kurma is a giant turtle incarnation who steadies a mountain on his shell. Narasimha is a half-lion half-man avatar who defeats an evil tyrant. This presentation will introduce and then show a video that was made as a Humanities project, which highlights the stories of Matsya, Kurma, and Narasimha. Utilizing Final Cut Pro and incorporating high quality images, the video explains the significance of Vishnu and of these three incarnations in the Hindu religion.
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Cyborg Feminist Theory and Escaping Systematic Oppression

    Shomer, Rachel; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Hoffman, Todd; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Augusta University (2018-02-12)
    Philip K. Dick'sDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?depicts a future world where androids and humans interact, often indistinguishably. In her feminist post-humanistic essay "The Cyborg Manifesto," Donna Haraway promotes the theory of the cyborg to encourage an ideal world where humans acknowledge their amalgamation with technology and are not fearful of partial boundaries, such as those pertaining to gender and other identity categories. The cyborg deconstructs collective identities, which form social oppositions such as human/machine, male/female, and truth/illusion. In this presentation, I employ Haraway's cyborg as a lens through whichto examine the two most socially repressed characters in Do Androids?: Iran Deckard and Rachael Rosen. Iran uses a virtual world to escape and voice her feelings outside the real social space dominated by her husband, Rick. In contrast, Rachael, an anthropomorphic android, deceives Rick's governmental killing of androids owing to her artificial intelligence and appearance. Just as the cyborg deconstructs social oppositions to myths, Iran and Rachael's relationship with technology uncovers the fallacy of their own systematic oppression due to the patriarchal society and human mastery over androids.This analysis points to the culpability of demitting oppositions and a need for the erasure of such boundaries.
  • A Comparison of Giorgio Agamben's and Judith Butler's Philosophies Regarding Sovereignty and Biopolitics

    Walton, Amberly; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Hoffman, Todd; Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Augusta University (2018-02-12)
    SOVEREIGNTY WITHIN ADEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT IS A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION ADDRESSED BY BOTH JUDITH BUTLER AND GIORGIO AGAMBEN. BOTH OF THESE PHILOSOPHERS DISCUSS HOW THE SOVEREIGN CHARACTER OF A GOVERNMENT CAN AFFECT LAW, BARE LIFE, AND THE INTERACTIONS BETWEEN THE TWO. THENATURE OF LAW AND BARE LIFE ARE INTERTWINED IN REGARDS TO EACH OF THEIR RELATION BACK TO THE SOVEREIGN PARADOX, A CONCEPT INTRODUCED BY AGAMBEN. JUDITH BUTLER ADDRESSES THESE CONCERNS IN RELATION TO THE CONCEPT OF INDEFINITE DETENTION WHICH IS RELEVANT INAMERICAN POLITICAL SOCIETY TODAY. JUDITHBUTLER ADDRESSES BOTH THE TOPIC OF INDEFINITE DETENTION BUT ALSO HOW SOVEREIGNTY WITHIN A DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT CAN BE DANGEROUS. HER CONCEPT OF GOVERNMENTALITY REFINES AGAMBEN'S PHILOSOPHIES AND PLACES A WIDER EMPHASIS ON THE POTENTIALOF BARE LIFE.
  • Investigating Lexical Exchange between Basque and Castilian, from the Reconquista to Modernity

    Foral, Gabriel; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Heckman, Christina; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Augusta University (2018-02-12)
    This research investigates the lexical and morphological relationship between the Castilian and Basque languages, as spoken on the Iberian Peninsula, since the period of unification in the Reconquista to the present. In short, it aims to to describe the effects the languages have had on each other. The research focuses primarily on vocabulary exchange between the two languages, paying special attention to the social setting words were borrowed across. Analysis of primary sources and corpus of especially Basque writings is the central method, as well as analysis of phonological change over time of words borrowed across languages.This research builds on previous analyses of lexical exchange in Basque and Castilian, but extends its analysis to include social and cultural values of borrowings, with the ultimate goal of expanding understanding of the historically complicated relationship between the two cultures and how it relates to the current political situation in Spain as a whole. 1 / 1
  • A recipe for success in Foreign Language: experiential learning, student creativity, and community involvement.

    Gardner, Thomas; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Sandarg, Jana; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Augusta University (2018-02-12)
    An original work, Avivados, written by Anibal Ibarra, local playwright, journalist and poet, of Paraguay, is a prime example of experiential learning--a crucial factor in language acquisition. In creating this work, Ibarra provided students with an opportunity to research different areas of the word,create visual aids and present the information in Spanish and in English to a diverse audience. The presentation of Avivados focuses around a very well-known theme in Mexican culture, Day of the Dead, and applies this motif to areas around the globe. Ibarra also creates an interesting dichotomy between life and death with his title. This Phi Kappa Phi conference presentation will explore the benefit s of Avivados, as it pertains to second language acquisition. It highlights the work's focus on comparing practices and products of cultures --both Hispanic and other world cultures --through student creativity and originality. The student will outline the positive impacts of experiential learning on a language student, the community and the relationship between the two.