Abstract Examples

Sample 1

This presentation focuses on the episode entitled “Crows” in Dreams, a movie by Japanese director, Akira Kurosawa (1910-1998). After providing a brief summary of the film and the “Crows” episode, I explore Kurosawa’s connections with Vincent van Gogh in order to examine the problematic issue of how “Western” art styles may have influenced the director’s preliminary drawings for this film. To this end, I interpret the complex intertextuality that informs this episode as a critical commentary offered by Kurosawa on the role played by European art in the shaping of what could be called “Japanese artistic identity.”

Sample 2

The wave-particle duality of light is effective proof of the fundamental assumptions in quantum physics. In examining it, we can further our understanding of theories of quantum mechanics, like Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. This study examines the effect of weak quantum measurements on single photon interference. A weak measurement is when a quantum phenomenon is measured in such a way that the system does not collapse to a single state. The measurements were taken on single photons that traverse an interferometer to create interference as expected classically. The effect of the weak measurement on the resulting interference was then analyzed.

[Here disciplinary conventions include passive voice for methodology.]

Sample 3

This presentation analyzes the migration of labor in the Philippines, examining the economic gains and social costs. I explore the market forces that imply benefits for sending and receiving countries. I also examine ways that the extended out-migration of human capital interferes with social and human capital development and how it has impacted the relative social position of migrants when they return home. Through neoclassical economic theory, I counter the theoretical framework in thinking about the dynamics that take place.

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