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Emptiful

Shifting the paradigm in a post-oil landscape MLA Thesis 2019

Through common language, we describe the desert as empty space: a void without substance due to loss. Across several languages, “desert” is associated with feelings of abandonment, scarcity, and death. Characterized in this manner, the desert is rendered to a worthless and uninhabitable state. This thesis concerns itself with the desert’s fullness, from its material and ecological being to its social and cultural agency.

Advised by Montserrat Bonvehi-Rosich

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