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WCED Panel - "Flashpoint: Nicaragua"


Nov 9, 2021 11:14 AM

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Luciana Chamorro
WCED Postdoctoral Fellow @U-M
Luciana Chamorro is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies. She is a political anthropologist who specializes in Central America and writes on revolution and its afterlives, populist politics, authoritarianism, affect and aesthetics. She is currently preparing a book manuscript titled “Afterlives of Revolution: Authoritarian Populism and Political Passions in Post-Revolutionary Nicaragua,” which examines populist governance and affective attachments to the Sandinista political project after the return of Daniel Ortega to power in 2007. Luciana received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in 2020 and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Associate for the “Neoliberalism at the Neopopulist Crossroads” Sawyer Seminar at the University of Arizona for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Jennifer Goett
Associate Professor of Comparative Cultures and Politics @Michigan State University
Jennifer Goett is a cultural anthropologist, specializing in political and feminist anthropology. She has published work on Indigenous and Afrodescendant social movements in Central America, particularly Nicaragua, and on state violence, racialized policing, land dispossession, and infrastructure megaprojects. Goett is the author of "Black Autonomy: Race, Gender, and Afro-Nicaraguan Activism" (Stanford 2017). Her current research focuses on Nicaraguan asylum seekers in Costa Rica and the United States. In addition to her scholarship, she publishes editorials on Central American politics and works as a pro bono expert witness for asylum cases in U.S. immigration court.
Kai M. Thaler
Assistant Professor of Global Studies @University of California, Santa Barbara
Kai M. Thaler works on conflict and security, authoritarianism and democratization, and protest and repression, focused on Latin America and Africa. His research and commentary on Nicaraguan politics has been published in Comparative Politics and the Journal of Democracy and in public venues including Foreign Policy, Latinoamérica 21, the Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post.
Emilia Yang
Annenberg Fellow and PhD Candidate in Media Arts + Practice @University of Southern California
Emilia Yang is an artist, organizer and scholar. Her art practice utilizes digital media, archives, film, games, performance, and urban interventions for the creation of transnational and speculative feminist media, and transformative justice projects. Her more recent project, “AMA y No Olvida, Memory Museum Against Impunity” is a transmedia memory museum that explores participatory forms of mediation for remembering victims of state violence in her home country Nicaragua.