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Tension Between Promotion & Description of Mindfulness: Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Attempts to Secularize Mindfulness & The Losses Associated with It
(2024) Merriam, Marissa; McGuire, Anne Marie
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the well-studied and popular Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, promotes mindfulness as non-spiritual and only related to Buddhism in origin. This message is reflected in some of what he writes in his bestselling books, Wherever You Go There You Are and Meditation Is Not What You Think. However, close reading of these two texts reveals both the Buddhist and spiritual elements of mindfulness as conceived by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Therefore, a tension exists between mindfulness as Kabat-Zinn promotes it and the picture one comes to have of mindfulness from reading his works. This tension is directly related to his goals of spreading mindfulness to a skeptical American community and his need for credibility within the scientific community. When Kabat-Zinn first wrote Wherever You Go in 1994, it would have been a great danger to his goals of spreading mindfulness to highlight either the Buddhist or spiritual elements. However, while there are still skeptics reluctant to include any mention of religion or spirituality, the scientific community is now more accepting of such topics than it once was. This gradual shift in the scientific community paired with the great popularity of mindfulness practices means that it is now a loss and not a risk for Kabat-Zinn to continue to try to separate mindfulness from Buddhism and spirituality in his representations of mindfulness to secular Americans and the scientific community.
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¡Usa la llengua! La evolución de las campañas lingüísticas en la Cataluña posfranquista
(2024) Chan, Jacob; Lopez-Sanchez, Ana
Después del régimen franquista de España en 1975, que impuso restricciones duras a todas las lenguas minorizadas del país, muchas regiones que hablaban estas lenguas no castellanas se enfrentaron a la cuestión de no solo establecer protecciones legales para estas lenguas, sino también promover su uso entre los ciudadanos. La región de Cataluña, donde se habla catalán, no fue una excepción. Esta tesis se centra en las campañas lingüísticas patrocinadas por el gobierno regional de Cataluña y en algunas campañas creadas por universidades públicas en Cataluña en las décadas posteriores a la muerte de Franco. Para este análisis, utilizo las ideologías lingüísticas de una nación-una lengua, lengua estándar, autenticidad y anonimato tal como se aplican a Cataluña. A lo largo del análisis de las campañas, uso una combinación de análisis de los medios multimodales que cada campaña utiliza, lo que cada patrocinador está diciendo sobre su campaña y las ideologías lingüísticas promovidas o rechazadas por cada una. Al final del análisis, noto algunos patrones semejantes en las campañas, sus diferencias y hallazgos cruciales en relación con su evolución. En primer lugar, encontré que todas las campañas promueven la idea de que mantener viva la lengua es un esfuerzo comunitario y requiere la atención de todos. Segundo, descubrí que las campañas cambiaron de tono al principio, alejándose de hablar "correctamente," hacía un modelo más inclusivo para los aprendices. Por último, encontré que las campañas se volvieron más "juguetonas" con el tiempo, con las campañas universitarias a partir de 2022 teniendo un tema similar de sacar la lengua para reconocer esta naturaleza juguetona y como una forma de resistencia contra aquellos que quieren dejar de usar el catalán.
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"Que no se olvide nunca que esto duele": Trauma, posmemoria y la generación intermedia en la obra de Nona Fernández
(2024) Wriggins, Jean Bonauto; Castillo Sandoval, Roberto
This thesis explores the ways in which Nona Fernández, a Chilean author, playwright, and actress, represents the memory of the Pinochet dictatorship in the books Avenida 10 de julio Huamachuco (2007) and Space Invaders (2013). Employing the theoretical background of trauma studies– specifically the theories of “postmemory”, the “intermediate generation”, and the idea of the inexpressibility of trauma– this thesis asks how Fernández represents the memory of the dictatorship in her books, what literary strategies she uses to give possibility to the expression of trauma, and, on a broader scale, how her work contributes to the debates over memory in Chile. I find that Fernández showcases the horrors of authoritarian Chile in the 1980s through her characters’ experiences of oppression and repression both in dictatorship and democracy and the dysfunction in their personal lives, which serves as a microcosm of the political sphere. On a more general level, she leverages her characters’ imagination and dreams, and her own use of intertextuality, to construct a memory of the Chilean dictatorship that is specific to the intermediate generation. Most importantly, I find that her work insists on a collective vision of trauma and memory and presents a powerful argument for the imperative of memory on a societal scale.
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El cuerpo social enfermo: medicina y autoridad en dos películas creadas después de la dictadura en Argentina.
(2024) Ruiz, Matthew; Huberman, Ariana
In my thesis, I explore the use of medicine in Argentinian cinema for retelling events from the Argentinian dictatorship and forming political criticisms. I seek to explore the metaphor of the "cuerpo enfermo social", or the sick social body, and see how the directors of these movies I am studying(Darse cuenta 1984, Hombre mirando al sudeste 1987) invert the original meaning behind this metaphor. To do so, I use the theoretical doctrines of the medical humanities, panopticism, and deconstruction to study how the movies portray the value of life and question authority. In the end, I conclude that the movies show the military dictatorship as the virus of the sick social body, causing the societal devaluation of life and abusing their authority to oppress and remove the autonomy of the Argentinian people.