24 October 2011

A student in my seminar this year is using my term paper topic from last year for her term paper. I was still revising it. I'm shaking. I feel crushed.

5 comments:

Boris Kane said...

That sucks. What was the topic?

wrenna said...

On totem poles that had been placed in the center of the big city park - the desires of the people who put them there to be at home in an adopted place and for the native cultural objects that they were collecting, and multiple groups and individuals identifying themselves as having indigenous ancestry and the way that they exercised agency as they were involved in the process. One white Scottish aristocrat who was a mining engineer (his elder brother inherited the estate), who was shocked by the epidemics and such caused by white settlement, had the idea to transport an entire 'Indian Village' to the site. It never happened, for various reasons, among them financing and that he wanted to use one tribes insignias on another tribe's ancestral territory.

wrenna said...

I think the worst part of it is, I really had to suffer for it. I worked years of boring and thankless hours at the museum to come into contact with these ideas, and then I did a job that should probably have gone to a museum studies masters' student due to its complexity, hunting out where all over the city resources were kept and trying to cobble together a theoretical framework with absolutely no help from anyone.

Boris Kane said...

Interesting topic. Curious as to why they wanted to erect nonnative totem poles to that area?

Wow years, yeah that's pretty fucking annoying. Did she copy the idea or do her own work leading up to it?

wrenna said...

They thought the nonnative natives were superior in intelligence and war-like qualities, and they were familiar with them. The natives nearby may have seemed already assimilated, since they were living in a city, so less original.

She "developed her topic in consultation with another professor."