For those of you who follow my blog, or at least are aware of the fact that I haven’t written or posted anything in a long time, I bring you the reason: my Honors Senior Thesis. This is the capstone project for my degree in History recently completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The thesis, written over the course of the past academic year, is called “The Queer Topography of Berlin: Community development and urban space” and examines the relationship between physical urban spaces and community development. It focuses on the history of the queer community in Berlin during the 1920s and looks at the topic from a socio-historical perspective.
My reason for initially taking on this thesis was to practice writing large-scale intensive academic research projects and begin building a very definitive bridge connecting my various areas of interest: history; urban life and society; LGBTQ studies; German culture, society, and language; and urban planning. This is hopefully the beginning of more work and opportunities I want to take on in the near future. I want to use this as a catalyst to begin applying to study/research in Europe and will hopefully be able to return to Germany by the Fall of 2015.
For those of you who take the time to read this, please enjoy; I am also very open to constructive criticism and would like to hear what you all have to say.