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GSN MONDAY MAILER DECEMBER 26 2016

Posted by on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 in News, Uncategorized.

FOLKS, WE HAVE A NEW GSN MAILER JEFA and GSN COMMUNICATIONS CHAIR, NONE OTHER THAN KARA ANDRADE WHO WON IN A CLOSE ELECTION!!!! Kara is already a journalist/blogger of renown, and she will be taking over for me as of the next mailer. Please direct all future post, news items, new pubs, conference notices, activism alerts, calls for expert witness help, fundraising appeals and all else to her at kara.andrade@gmail.com . CONGRATS KARA!!!

 
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CONTENTS
1. GSN SUMMER 2017 CONFERENCE DATES ANOUNCED
2. GREAT LOOKING NEW BOOK ON Q'EQCHI' PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSNATIONAL JUSTICE FROM GSN'ER LIESELOTTE VIAENE
3. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM IN ASYLUM CASE
4.  INTERESTING NEW ARTICLE ON THE RABINAL ACHI FROM KERSTIN SABENE
5. USC SHOAH CENTER FOR GENOCIDE RESEARCH CONFERENCE CALL FOR PANELS
 
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1. GSN SUMMER 2017 CONFERENCE DATES ANOUNCED
Please save the date for the GSN Summer Conference, July 13-15, 2017, to be held in Antigua, Guatemala.  The conference will also feature a special session or event in Guatemala City to include more scholars, students, activists, and others residing in the capital region.  Look for further information and the call for papers in January! 
 
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2.GREAT LOOKING NEW BOOK ON Q'EQCHI' PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSNATIONAL JUSTICE FROM GSN'ER LIESELOTTE VIAENE
 

Dear colleagues,

I’m very happy to announce that my book “Voces desde las sombras: el dolor nunca saldrá de nuestros corazones. Visiones indígenas q’eqchi’ sobre justicia transicional en Guatemala”, based on my PhD research, has been published by Centro Ak’Kutan in Cobán (Textos Ak’kutan 41). 

 

Description:

Este libro pretende contribuir a reducir la brecha de conocimiento sobre las epistemologías indígenas en torno a justicia, reparación, búsqueda de verdad y reconciliación y, asimismo, intenta fomentar un proceso de reflexión crítica para desafiar tanto el paradigma dominante de la justicia transicional como los derechos humanos en general. Esta publicación está basada en una investigación doctoral en derechos humanos (2006 -2010) que examinó cómo las particularidades de la cultura q'eqchi' podrían jugar, o ya están jugando, un papel a nivel local de las comunidades posconflicto en los procesos de búsqueda de justicia, reparación, reconciliación y verdad. La investigación mantuvo un enfoque interdisciplinario, interrelacionando los campos de derechos humanos, justicia transicional y antropología jurídica y está basada en una investigación etnográfica multi-sitio entre víctimas y ex patrulleros de Autodefensa Civil indígenas maya q’eqchi’ durante casi dos años en la región de Cobán, Alta Verapaz. El libro explora, entre ellos, cómo los sobrevivientes q'eqchi' entienden y perciben los objetivos de la justicia transicional y las intervenciones estatales en materia de justicia transicional en sus comunidades. Se plantea también recomendaciones hacia los desafíos conceptuales y prácticos que los diseñadores de políticas de justicia transicional deben tomar en cuenta cuando elaboran intervenciones y mecanismos de justicia transicional en sociedades pluriculturales posconflicto.   



I hope it will be a useful contribution to the debate on transitional justice and indigenous peoples in Guatemala.



Best wishes,

Lieselotte Viaene, PhD

Marie Curie Research Fellow

Centre for Social Studies (CES)

University of Coimbra

Portugal

http://www.ces.uc.pt

Publications: Researchgate 
 
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3. EXPERT WITNESS HELP NEEDED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIM IN ASYLUM CASE
 
I'm trying to find an expert who might be willing to provide a report for an asylum case.
 
My client is a 20-year-old woman from San Rafael La Independencia. She's learned a lot of Spanish since entering the U.S. at 17, but she primarily speaks Akateko. 
 
She was left with her maternal grandmother by her mom at 9 months old. Her father is dead. She never went to school, never had enough to eat, and she lived on a piece of family land with her grandmother and an abandoned cousin. An uncle lived on another part of their land; he would constantly insult the girls and beat them if they didn't work hard enough. Since my client came to the U.S., her uncle is pressuring her grandmother to turn over all the land to him because he is the only son.
 
My client is scared to return because her only option would be to try to go back to that land; if her uncle even allowed her to live there–with her U.S. citizen baby–she is sure she would be subjected to abuse again. She can't live with her mother, because her stepfather–the man who forced her mother to abandon my client as an infant–is extremely abusive; she has seven children with this man, and it is a bad situation.
 
Our organization has some funding to pay for experts, so we are not expecting pro bono assistance. I am hoping that someone might be willing to interview my client and provide a report concerning the extent to which her gender, Mayan/Akateko ethnicity, and status as an abandoned child are connected to any harm she has suffered in the specific societal context. 
 
Please email me if you have any interest or suggestions; thank you for your consideration!
 
 
Take care,
Sally
 
 
Sally M. Joyner, Staff Attorney 
 
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4. INTERESTING NEW ARTICLE ON THE RABINAL ACHI FROM KERSTIN SABENE
 
I have lived in Antigua, Guatemala for three years now and write about the culture for the local English publication here.
I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of Vincent Stanzione who was my go to anthropologist/religion historian expert for a story I did about Semana Santa at Lake Atitlan earlier this year.
 
I just finished working with another anthropologist, Ruud van Akkeren, who is an expert on the ancient Maya dance-drama, the Rabinal Achi.  Here's the link to my story with photos.
 
 
 
 
 I queried Vinnie to find out who else might be interested in having this information about Guatemala in their archives or where else I might get it published.   He suggested I contact you.
 
Please advise if this is something that would be of interest to your organization.
 
Sincerely,
 
Kerstin Sabene kerstinsabene@yahoo.com
 
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5. USC SHOAH CENTER FOR GENOCIDE RESEARCH CONFERENCE CALL FOR PANELS
 
From: "USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research" <cagr@usc.edu>
Date: December 14, 2016 at 3:57:15 PM CST
Subject: Reminder – CAGR Call for Papers – International Conference: "Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies"
Reply-To: cagr@usc.edu
 
 
 
 
Call For Papers
International Conference: “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies”
Co-sponsored by the USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program
October 23-24, 2017 at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
 
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites proposals for its 2017 International Conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies” that will be cosponsored by the USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program.
The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research (http://sfi.usc.edu/cagr) is dedicated to advancing new areas of interdisciplinary research on the Holocaust and other genocides. One of the Center’s primary research themes is Digital Genocide Studies.
Digital technologies have begun to significantly influence contemporary scholarship, theories, and methods in the social sciences and humanities. The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research invites scholars from all disciplines to examine the relationships between digital methodologies, practices, ethics and contemporary Holocaust and genocide studies. How can digital humanities shape, challenge, or complement contemporary genocide studies and vice versa?
The two-day international conference “Digital Approaches to Genocide Studies” will be held on October 23-24, 2017 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. The conference will investigate the ways in which digital tools and methods, new media, and information technologies can help us to challenge conventional wisdom regarding Holocaust and Genocide Studies by raising new questions, improving our understanding, deepening our analysis, widening our field of view, or pioneering new approaches. Especially of interest would be how digital humanists from a range of disciplines and methodologies can broaden our methodological approaches to the study of the causes, consequences, and prevention of genocide.
We encourage diverse approaches to the conference theme that draw from a wide variety of critical lenses and approaches, as well as focus on any time period, case study, or medium. Submissions on the following themes are particularly encouraged:
Digital methodologies and their applicability to genocide studies
Quantitative genocide research
Big data methodologies and comparative genocide studies
Digital technologies (such as wearable devices, 3D printing, and others) and their applicability to genocide studies
Creation, curation, promotion and analysis of digital genocide resources and collections
Audio and visual genocide testimonies and their digitization, preservation, and accessibility
Social, institutional, global/regional, multicultural, and multilingual aspects of digital genocide research
Ethics of digital genocide studies
Tools and methods of genocide studies that could fruitfully contribute to or influence the digital sphere and the field of digital humanities
Founded in 2014, the Center for Advanced Genocide Research is the research and scholarship unit of the USC Shoah Foundation. The USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research is dedicated to advancing new areas of interdisciplinary research on the Holocaust and other genocides, focusing on the origins of genocide and how to intervene in the cycle that leads to mass violence. The Center organizes annual international workshops and conferences, hosts a speaker series on genocide and mass violence, and offers a competitive international research fellowship program. For further information please consult: http://cagr.usc.edu.
The USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive holds over 54,000 digitized and fully searchable video testimonies of survivors and other eyewitnesses of the Holocaust, the Rwandan, Guatemalan and Armenian genocides, and the Nanjing Massacre in China. The interviews were conducted in 41 languages and in 62 countries. They encompass the experiences not only of survivors in these contexts, but also of witnesses, liberators, aid providers, and war crimes trials participants.
The USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program enables postdoctoral and graduate student fellows to gain training in emerging digital technologies while advancing research in the humanities. A partnership between the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and the USC Libraries, the USC Mellon Digital Humanities Program possesses a unique set of attributes that positions our fellows to emerge from USC with extensive understanding of compelling problems, deep connections to scholars working in their areas of expertise, and enhanced digital skills developed through multi-disciplinary training in state-of-the-art techniques and technologies.
We welcome proposals for single paper presentations and for theme-specific panels comprising no more than three presenters. 
Please send a CV and a one-page abstract of the proposed paper or an abstract of the proposed panel plus an abstract of each paper of the proposed panel before January 15, 2016 to cagr@usc.edu
Travel support will be available. Please include your travel request with your abstract.
Feel free to share this announcement widely with your colleagues and graduate students.
 
For more information about the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research and its work, please visit our website at: cagr.usc.edu
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