A public lecture by Vaclav Masek (PhD student in Sociology, University of Southern California)
2022 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellow
(Join us in person for this lecture or attend virtually on Zoom)

Organized by the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research

During 15 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Guatemala, Vaclav Masek discovered that Indigenous environmental activists were turning to the past to draw on memories of victory and resilience in the face of struggle. In this lecture, he will discuss what testimonies by Guatemalan genocide survivors reveal about the continuities and ruptures of Indigenous resistance and popular urban social movements in the past through the present.

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Vaclav Masek Sánchez is the 2022 Beth and Arthur Lev Student Research Fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research. Born and raised in Guatemala, he is a third-year PhD student in Sociology at the University of Southern California. His research agenda relies on qualitative and archival methodologies and thematically encompasses the subfields of political sociology, social movements, critical development studies, memory studies, and settler colonialism. Before moving to Los Angeles, he earned his MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, conducting interdisciplinary research on postwar Central American democracies. His forthcoming article in Revista Iberoamericana de Estudios del Desarrollo examines Maya Q'eqchi resistance against multinational extractivism in El Estor, Izabal. As a public sociologist, he writes a monthly opinion editorial column on contemporary Latin American affairs for the Spanish-language newspaper elPeriódico in Guatemala. 

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