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GSN MONDAY MAILER MARCH 30 2015

Posted by on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in News, Uncategorized.

GSN CONFERENCE —— GET THE WORD OUT


Guatemala Scholars Network

CALL FOR PAPERS

Third biannual Summer Conference 

La Antigua, Guatemala (July 9th– 11th  2015

 

The Guatemalan Scholars Network (GSN) is seeking proposals for discussion base Invited Sessions, and Workshops to be presented in Guatemala.  This year’s emphasize is to promote a forum style discussion by bringing together perspectives across disciplines on proposed topics.  The program coordinators are particularly interested in topics that touch on the use of documentary resources such as archives, photography, film, and web sources.  We seek to highlight the organization’s mission of serving as an academic and scholar network across disciplines, institutions, and nations.   This is a great opportunity to engage in a deep discussion with Guatemalan scholars who have seldom opportunities to attend conferences abroad.  If you have specific theme proposals or want more information please contact conference organizers Sergio Romero (sergio.romero@austin.utexas.edu) or Christa Little-Siebold (christalittlesiebold@gmail.com)


Graduate students and young scholars working on Guatemala who are currently working in the field or writing up their work are encouraged to give a 5 minute abstract presentation of their work.  Based on the great demand presented on the last two conferences the twenty spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis. 


Pre-registration is open until June 1st: $75 professionals, $30 students (includes a dinner).

On-site registration: $100 professionlas, $50 students (includes a dinner).

Registration is free for members in Latin America.

To register your 2015 dues membership must be up to date, you may pay dues at: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues

For questions, contact Kasia Szremski at kasia.szremski@vanderbilt.edu

 

Inscripción abierta hasta el 1ero de junio:  $75 profesionales, $30 estudiantes (incluye una cena).

Inscripción después del 1ero de junio:  $100 profesinales, $30 estudiantes (incluye una cena).

Inscripción para miembros de GSN latinaomericanos es gratis.  La cuota de 2015 debe de estar pagada:  http://www.vanderbilt.edu/gsn/annual-membership-dues

Para inscribirse a la conferencia es importante tener pagada la cuota de membresía de GSN.

Para más información o para incsribirse favor de referirse a: Kasia Szremski, kasia.szremski@vanderbilt.edu


 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. A FEW LINKS
  2. GREAT PIECE FROM THE NATION ON  KRISTEN WELD’S NEW BOOK ON THE POLICE ARCHIVES
  3. GSN’ER GEORGE LOVELL HAS NEW EDITION OF CONQUEST AND CULTURAL CHANGE FROM CIRMA AND A PRESENTATION TODAY (SEE FLYER ABOVE) 
  4. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE ACHI

 
  1. A FEW LINKS
    1.  

      President Pérez Molina Refuses to Renew CICIG’s Mandate

         http://www.americasquarterly.org/node/7155

    2. GUATEMALA ARRESTS GANG SUSPECT IN JOURNALISTS KILLING http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/guatemala-arrests-gang-suspect-journalists-killing-29963845
    3. UN Criticizes Delay in Guatemala Genocide Trial against Rios Montt   http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2380901&CategoryId=23558

 
2. GREAT PIECE FROM THE NATION ON  KRISTEN WELD’S NEW BOOK ON THE POLICE ARCHIVES
 
 
The March 16, 2015 issue of The Nation contains a review by Peter Canby of the New Yorker of Kirsten Weld's book Paper Cadavers, The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (Duke UP).  The review is a great summary of the war in the city against that civilian population by the National Police that parallels the army's war on the indigenous population in the highlands, based on the finds in the police basurero.
 

 
3. GSN’ER GEORGE LOVELL HAS NEW EDITION OF CONQUEST AND CULTURAL CHANGE FROM CIRMA AND A PRESENTATION TODAY (SEE FLYER ABOVE) 
 
Todo listo para la presentacion de una nueva edicion de CONQUISTA Y CAMBIO CULTURAL (portada attached) esta tarde en CIRMA (ver attachment) y para Huehuetenango el lunes (ver attachment) para otra presentacion por alla, donde el Monsenor Ramazzinni mismo (obispo estilo Gerardi) va a ser uno de los comentaristas. Tengo que ser en mi "best behavior" para eso!
 
El libro se vende en CIRMA en 120 quetzales para quienes les interesa.
 

 
 
4. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE ACHI
 
Client is a 26 year old female from Guatemala who entered the United States in December 2014.  She is applying for asylum based on domestic violence by her father and step-mother and because of her indigenous tribe-Achi.  I was hoping to find a Guatemalan expert who could write a declaration and testify at her Merits hearing on the bases of violence against women in Guatemala specifically in the family and/or information on the indigenous people, specifically Achi.  Her Merits hearing is currently scheduled for May 19, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at the York County Prison (telephonic is permitted).
 
Abuse: Client’s mother died about 10 years ago, and about 3 years ago (around September 2011), her father began dating her step-mother.  Once he did, the abuse from her father started. He started to not allow her to leave, beating her and her sister and not feeding them.  On May 15, 2014, the step-mother made her sleep with a man 4 times the same day for money. She begged her dad not to make her but he beat her for talking back. That evening, Client’s cousin tried to call the police to report the step-mom and dad, but given the language barrier, no one came.  A couple of days later, her step-mother made her sleep with another man for money twice in the same day.  She begged the man not to, but he raped her.  This continued on a weekly basis with the same two men. She does not know how much her step-mom was charging—just that she was supposed to sleep with them. The more she refused, the more her father beat her. Her mother did not feed her, and the men would also beat her and rape her.  If she would scream while they raped/abused her, she would get beat by her father.  Her father would lock her and her sister in the house.  She was finally able to escape when her parents went on vacation in December. Her step mom and dad abused her little sister, but because she was only 15, they never made her sleep with anyone.  She did not have enough money to bring her sister with her to the US, so she left her with an aunt in another town because she was afraid that they might start prostituting her sister if she was not there.   Since she left, her father has been looking for her—calling the aunt and other people in the town have been telling the aunt that he is looking for them.
 
She indicated that, although she was not positive because she could not leave the house, she believed a lot of Achi women are treated this way—raped, abused, etc. I was not able to find extensive information to confirm.  Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you!
 
Rosina Stambaugh, Esq. 
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Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226