2008 Prize Winners
of Patterns: Double Ikat for Textile Exhange in India
Collapse of Time: Decennial Anniversaries and the Experience of Time in
the German Democratic Republic
Burials, and Black Cultural Politics: African American Funerals in the
Civil Rights Movement
|Carine de la Girond’arc and Alina Xu
Comics of R. Crumb: A Mirror of the Artist’s Times and Obsessions
Power of Patterns: Double Ikat for Textile Exhange in
India and Indonesia
History of Art
Joanna Williams, Professor, History of Art
In her honors
thesis entitled "The Power of Patterns: Double Ikat for
Textile Exchange in India and Indonesia", My Chau argues that patola
textile has an international appeal across India and Indonesia. She
highlights two distinctive textiles: Patola in Gujarat, India
and geringsing in Bali, Indonesia from the perspective of
"religious, economic and social systems." Her thesis further explores
the preservation and the sacred and elite status of patola in
various kinds of powder, temple, and palace paintings in Kerala, India.
research was conducted through a visual analysis of a geringsing
textile in the Musee de Quai Branly in Paris during her study abroad
program in fall 2006 and the Gujarati patola textile in the
Phoebe Hearst Museum as well as 48 illustrations cited in her thesis.
To enrich her primary sources research, she followed up with scholars
for more research inquiries in addition to checking out UCB library
resources and requesting interlibrary loan items.
advisor in the History of Art Department comments that My Chau’s
honors thesis "showed originality, intellectual imagination, and good
judgment to produce a plausible new historical and cultural picture.
Were she enabled to conduct fieldwork in Gujarat, Kerala, and Bali,
this paper could readily be published."
The Collapse of Time: Decennial Anniversaries and the Experience of
Time in the German Democratic Republic
Chad Denton, GSI
Nyberg’s project, her senior thesis for her History 101 class,
discusses the collective experience of time and its control and
codification by the German Democratic Republic. She chose decennial
celebrations of the birth of the GDR to represent how time was
manipulated by the government, in response to the realities of everyday
life in the GDR.
surveying Berkeley’s primary and secondary literature on her topic,
Linda continued her research at the Hoover Archives. Then, funded by a
history department travel grant, Linda visited Berlin and spent weeks
examining "...official anniversary publications, pamphlets, Free German
Youth brochures, news clips, memoirs, [and] newspaper articles...."
After returning, she discovered a key resource in the Doe
stacks, that allowed her to synthesize her ideas. She says, "I had been
to Stanford and to Berlin and back, yet there it was, gathering dust on
a Doe library shelf."
advisor also credits the Doe Library source, as the one resource
"...that gave her a way to combine the disparate media sources that she
had collected." He states that "Linda has an original,
provocative argument and convincingly places the study within the
secondary literature on everyday life in the GDR, anti-fascist
ideology, and the social history of time."
Bodies, Burials, and Black Cultural Politics: African American Funerals
in the Civil Rights Movement
Mark Brilliant, Assistant Professor, History
Charles Postel, Visiting Professor, History
Orejel’s History 101 project grew out of his interest in death,
violence, and social movements. Keith spent six weeks doing primary
source research at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. After
realizing the quantity of material to be found at the Library of
Congress, Keith narrowed his project to four major funerals of the
Civil Rights Movement: those of Emmett Till; Medgar Evers; the
four girls killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist
Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole
Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley; and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington, Keith explored primary sources of major Civil Rights
organizations, finding pamphlets, flyers, and correspondence related to
his topic; he also used the Kennedy and Johnson presidential files. At
UCB, Keith used the Library’s electronic bibliographic resources to
find secondary sources, and made extensive use of the Library’s
collection of African American newspapers. He says that the research
process "...taught me many new skills and techniques for working with
archives. I not only learned how to navigate a complex institution like
the LOC, but how to find a wide panoply of primary sources that could
be sculpted into a coherent final product."
Keith’s faculty advisors says, "A remarkable feature of the paper is
the sophistication with which it looks at the internal dynamics of
these funerals." His other mentor says "Richly primary source
based, Keith’s thesis is also sophisticatedly secondary source
informed…..he advances a nuanced and imaginative argument about the
ironic trajectory of what he refers to as the 'black cultural politics
of death.' "
la Girond’arc and
The Comics of R. Crumb: A Mirror of the Artist’s Times and Obsessions
Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies
James Casey, Mechanical Engineering
Peter Hanff, Bancroft Library
David Farrell, Bancroft Library
idea for Carine de la Girond’arc and Alina Xu ‘s Archival Research
class paper was to provide a comparative analysis of several cartoon
artists. When they discovered that the Bancroft, and Doe and Moffitt
libraries, hold a significant collection of R. Crumb’s comics, the
current project developed. In it, Alina and Carine decided to focus on
the forces driving Crumb’s work and to put it into a personal and
political context. They used several different sources, including
visual media, newspapers and magazines, and interviews with friends and
contemporaries of R. Crumb. In the process, they say, "We also
discovered the value of creativity in conducting original research and
immense satisfaction to be had in going out and discovering new sources
of information. We learned something from every source we investigated,
even those explored on a whim...".
advisors say, "For us, the most compelling aspect of the paper is its
lively evocation of a highly creative artist who reflects his time and
place (including Berkeley and the counterculture) with startling
originality....And, like Crumb himself, the authors handle a variety of
materials and themes that are unusual and controversial with
independence and confidence."