Feb
19

February Update: Making Headway on Writing

Since my last update, I have made quite a bit of progress on the remainder of my thesis. Although applying for jobs and this semester’s schoolwork have set me back a little bit, I am relatively happy with the progress I have made, especially considering the major concept changes I described in my last post.…
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Feb
12

At this point in time, I have finished coding all of my transcripts. This means that each speaker’s Excel file has been filled with their respective tokens of affect, judgment, and appreciation according to the criteria of the Appraisal framework (Martin and White, 2005). All the tokens have also been organized around central themes of…
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Feb
11

It’s All Coming Together

My final semester of college has begun, and I have about two months left to analyze my data and finish writing my thesis. Before returning to campus, I laid out steps to achieve this goal and so far, everything is going according to plan. As I anticipated, completing all video coding has been the biggest…
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Jan
31

January Update: Minor Concept Changes and Writing Goals

Since I returned back from winter break, there have been numerous developments to my thesis. First, my thesis advisor and I went through his comments for the chapter I wrote on film portrayals of social identity. I was happy to see such thorough comments on the draft, as after working on the chapter for nearly…
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Jan
30

Update: New Project, Same Concept

  Since returning to school my project has undergone significant changes. My initial topic was focusing on treponemal disease like syphilis, yaws and pinta which were extremely prevalent in the enslaved population. These illnesses are associated with the conditions of enslavement and have been traditionally been seen in this population. My early iteration of my…
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