On Friday, January 27, five sociology-anthropology students presented papers and posters at the Beta Beta Beta Annual Student Research Symposium.
Phillip Boyett's presentation, "Mickey Mouse Conquistador: Disney's Ambivalent Conquest of the Yucatan," won second place among all of the student presentations. His work was based off primary research conducted in Yucatan for his honors project in which he examines the concepts of cultural imperialism and globalization as they apply to Disney in Yucatan.
Two of the student presentations were the result of work in the Keck Lab on pot sherds collected during the summer field season in Albania with Dr. Galaty. Frances Tubb, along with Dylan Horne and Monica Ngyuen of the chemistry department, displayed their poster, "Ties of the Old World: Elemental Analysis of Late Medieval Albanian Pottery," and Anna Church presented a paper entitled "Tartaric Acid Residue Analysis of Albanian Artifacts."
Will Lammons presented "Putting Your Valvula on the Pulse of the City: Transnationalism, Ritual, Identity, and Politics in the Graffiti of Merida, Yucatan" based on his honors research in Yucatan. Kailey Rocker presented "Preserving and Promoting the Cultural Heritage Management of Drisht Castle, Shkodra, Albania: The Local Stakeholders' Perspective on Cultural Heritage Management" based on honors research in Albania. Will and Kailey spent the spring semesters of their junior years studying in Yucatan and Albania respectively.