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This talk will be based on Samira’s decade-long experience in conducting extensive fieldwork in and with Central American communities in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Germany. Her work analyzes the political activism that emerged in Berlin after Nicaragua’s brutal crackdown on mass protests in April 2018 regarding political, cultural, and historical linkages that have informed different understandings of solidarity practices between these contexts. The talk raises crucial questions about the possibilities and limitations of transnational solidarities for decolonising global power relations. 

About the speaker: Samira Marty is a Charles E. Scheidt Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention at Binghamton University. Trained in social anthropology, she is a scholar of political and state violence, revolution and transnational solidarity. Her current research project explores the poetry of Nicaraguan exiles in Western Europe as an example of promoting alternative cultural and political repertoires amid a backdrop of repression and banishment.

Registration: To register for the event please email Hannah Walters ( or Billy Holzberg ( who will send you the link to the online seminar.