Center for Global Studies


The Center for Global Studies presents its Ninth Annual Conference:


Karen Bernedo, Visual Artist

Karen Bernedo holds an M.A. in Visual Anthropology and Gender Studies. She works in the creation and implementation of social projects in memory, gender and human rights related to the period of armed conflict and political violence in Peru. She has worked as a director and producer of documentary films about arts and politics Bio - Art Workers for the Center of Contemporary Arts (CDAPC) and as a consultant for the women’s human rights NGOs Flora Tristan and DEMUS, Karen is also a founding partner of the Itinerant Museum of Art for Memory (Colectivo Museo Itinerante Arte Por La Memoria) and is a researcher and curator of the Virtual Museum of Arts and Political Violence of Peru.

Jo-Marie Burt, Co-Director, Center for Global Studies

Jo-Marie Burt is Co-Director of the Center for Global Studies, Director of Latin American Studies, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University. Her research focuses on state violence, human rights, and transitional justice in Latin America, and she currently directs a research project on access to justice for victims of crimes against humanity in Peru. She brings to her teaching years of experience working with human rights organizations in Latin America and the U.S., including including Peru’s National Human Rights Coordinator, Peace and Justice Service (SERPAJ)-Uruguay, and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she is a Senior Fellow. Dr. Burt has published widely on Latin American politics and society in academic journals, edited volumes, and in journalistic magazines and newspapers. She is author of Silencing Civil Society: Political Violence and the Authoritarian State in Peru (Palgrave, 2007) and is co-editor of Politics in the Andes: Identity, Conflict, Reform (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004). She is currently writing
a book on the trial of former president Alberto Fujimori, who was convicted in 2009 of crimes against humanity.


Mauricio Delgado, Visual Artist

Mauricio Delgado graduated from the Institut Edith Sachs in Lima in 2005 with a degree in Visual Arts and a specialization in painting. He is a member of the Itinerant Museum of Art for Memory (Colectivo Museo Itinerante Arte Por La Memoria) and of the Muralist Brigade Collective (Colectivo La Brigada Muralista). Mauricio has had two solo exhibitions: The Smile of Ekeko (La Sonrisa del Ekeko) (2007) and Between Flowers and Accidents (Entre Flores e Infortunios) (2006) aside from collective exhibitions in and out of Peru. Mauricio's major awards include: First Finalist, “Arte en Libertad” Contest, organized by MAPFRE CIA. De Seguros y Mención Honrosa, National Contest of the International Year of the Potato. Personal Projects: Net-Performance: Today my duty has been... (Hoy mi deber fue…), (2010). Expositions: Purple in soul (Morada del Alma) (2010) in the Yuyachkanin Theater, The Smile of Ekeko (2007) 80m2 Gallery and Between Flowers and Accidents (2006) in the C.C. Ricardo Palma.

Edgar Endress, Associate Professor, Art and Visual Technology, George Mason University

Edgar Endress is an Associate Professor in the School of Art at George Mason University specializing in media arts. He earned a B.F.A. from the Institute of the Art of Communication in Santiago, Chile in 1998 and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University in 2001. His work has been shown in a variety of venues and exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires; the Museum of Modern Art of Cartagena, Colombia; the annual New England Film and Video Festival at the Boston Fine Arts Museum; the 20th World Wide Video Festival in Amsterdam; the ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Gallery group show “Nueva Vista” in Bonn, Stuttgart, and Berlin; the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center in New York; the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in Prague; among others.

Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Associate Director, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University

Marcial Godoy-Anativiais a sociocultural anthropologist and Associate Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. He is also Editor, with Jill Lane, of e-misférica, the Institute's trilingual online journal. From 2000-2007, he worked in the Program on Latin America and the Caribbean and the Program on International Collaboration at the Social Science Research Council. His recent publications include “Between the Hammer and the Anvil: Middle East Studies in the Aftermath of 9/11” (with Seteney Shami), “We Are Living in a Time of Pillage: A Conversation with Carlos Monsiváis” and “Ciudades Translocales: Espacios, flujo, representación—Perspectivas desde las Américas,” co-edited with Rossana Reguillo. He serves on the Board of Directors of the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and on the Editorial Committee of NACLA: Report on the Americas.


Bassam Haddad, Director, Middle East Studies, George Mason University

Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program at George Mason University and a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. He serves on the Editorial Committee of Middle East Report and is Co-Founder/Editor of Jadaliyya Ezine. He is the author of Business Networks in Syria: The Political Economy of Authoritarian Resilience (Stanford University Press, 2012). He is Founding Editor of the Arab Studies Journal a peer-reviewed research publication, co-producer/director of the award-winning documentary, About Baghdad, and director of a critically acclaimed film series on Arabs and Terrorism, based on extensive field research / interviews. He recently directed a film on Arab/Muslim immigrants in Europe, titled The "Other" Threat. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford's Program for Good Governance and Political Reform in the Arab World.

Maria Karametou, School of Art, George Mason University

Maria Karametou is a mixed media artist who has exhibited at The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; The Vorres Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; The Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen; the National Gallery of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; and The Harper Collins Gallery, New York; among numerous others. Karametou has participated in several Biennial Exhibitions including the ARTSITES ’96 Regional Biennial and the Maryland State Biennial, Baltimore Museum of Art, for which she was awarded the First Prize. She is also the recipient of a 2010 Senior Fulbright Research Award for work in Istanbul, Turkey. Karametou studied Painting and Drawing in Greece before earning a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute of Art where she studied with renowned painter Grace Hartigan. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Arlington Arts Center and has taught at George Washington University, the University of Maryland, and is currently teaching at George Mason.

Arnaud Kurze, Public and International Affairs, George Mason University

Arnaud Kurze has been awarded the Provost Dissertation Completion Fellowship at George Mason University for spring 2012. He has served as the Publication & Web Editor at the Center for Global Studies (CGS) and Coordinator of CGS' 'Human Rights and, Justice & Democracy Project', funded by the Open Society Institute. He has successfully defended his dissertation “Justice Beyond Borders? The Politics to Democratize Human Rights in the Post-Conflict Balkans” and will receive his Ph.D. in May 2012. Arnaud also holds a M.A. in Governance studies from University of Hagen, Germany. He has published in several academic journals and regularly contributes analyses and op-ed articles online for think tanks and other institutions. Arnaud’s research interests include Southeast European politics, transitional justice, and critical security studies.

Terrence Lyons, Center for Global Studies, George Mason University

Terrence Lyons is Co-Director of the Center for Global Studies and an Associate Professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. With Peter Mandaville he co-directed the Global Migration and Transnational Politics project, with funding from the MacArthur Foundation. His research has focused on the political economy of civil war and peacebuilding, with particular emphasis on transnational politics and Africa. His publications include: Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas and Networks (2011, co-editor); Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace (2005). He has also written numerous articles in a range of journals and policy-oriented publications and has served as senior program adviser to Carter Center’s projects in post-conflict Liberia (1997) and Ethiopia (2005).

Vjeran Pavlaković, Assistant Professor, Cultural Studies, University of Rijeka

Vjeran Pavlaković is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies at the University of Rijeka, Croatia. He received his Ph.D. in History in 2005 from the University of Washington, and has published articles on the politics of memory, World War Two commemorations in the former Yugoslavia, the impact of the ICTY on domestic politics, and Yugoslavs in the Spanish Civil War. Recent publications include "Twilight of the Revolutionaries: Naši Španci and the End of Yugoslavia" in Europe-Asia Studies (September 2010), "Croatia, the ICTY, and General Gotovina as a Political Symbol," Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 62, No. 10 (December 2010), and "Symbols and the Culture of Memory in Republika Srpska Krajina," forthcoming in Nationalities Papers.


Sonya Renee, Poet

Sonya Renee is a national and international poetry slam champion who has shared her work on stages across the world in prisons, treatment facilities, homeless shelters, universities, festivals and elementary schools. Sonya is founder of The Body is Not An Apology and the creator of the RUHCUS Project (Radically Unapologetic Healing Challenge 4 US) a 30-day transformational healing action to address pain, shame, trauma and fear in our lives. Sonya’s poetry appears in numerous journals and anthologies including Spoken Word Revolution: Redux, Growing Up Girl, Off Our Backs, Beltway Quarterly, Just Like A Girl, X Magazine and On the Issues Magazine. Her first collection of poetry, A Little Truth on Your Shirt, was released by GirlChild Press in 2010. Ms. Renee has also appeared on HBO, Oxygen Network, BET, CNN, and MTV. With a B.A. in Sociology and an M.S.A., she is the former Capacity Building and Training Director for the Black AIDS Institute, the nation’s only HIV/AIDS think-tank focused exclusively on the HIV epidemic in Black communities.


Luka Rukavina, Independent Filmmaker

Luka Rukavina holds an M.A. in dramaturgy from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and studied film at FAMU in Prague (2007/08). Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Film at The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. Luka’s play Window on the World was shortlisted for the National Playwriting Award Marin Drzic in 2008. He is co-owner of Plan 9 Productions, a film production company focused on short film and documentary production. He is the creative producer of the feature documentary Plutocracy Croatia (2012) - directed by Steven Ellis, and co-produced with the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University - on the corrosive effects of corruption in Croatian politics and public life on the eve of E.U. ascension. Luka has written and directed several short films: At A Still Point (2006) - official competition: Seattle Intl. Film Festival; Goodbye Variations (2008); Chillin' (2012) and is the author of Fornicatorium, a collection of plays and scripts (2008).

Don Russell, Executive Director, Provisions Learning Center, George Mason University

Don Russell is the Executive Director of the Provisions Library at George Mason. Mr. Russell has over 30 years experience promoting art and social justice. He has curated over 80 exhibitions and consulted for many major arts organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts.

Andy Shallal, Owner, Busboys and Poets

Anas “Andy” Shallal is an Iraqi American activist, artist and social entrepreneur,. He is founder and proprietor of Busboys and Poets, an activism center and café in Washington DC. Andy is a member of the board of trustees for The Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank. He also sits on several arts and philanthropic boards, including The Washington Peace Center, The School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at GMU, DC Vote, Think Local First, Social Venture Network, The National Arab American Museum and Split This Rock Poetry Festival. He is the founder of Iraqi Americans for Peaceful Alternatives which was an ad hoc group formed prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The group was instrumental in speaking out about the detrimental impact of war on ordinary Iraqis and sought to find more peaceful alternatives to change Iraq’s regime. He has appeared on major TV and radio shows including on CNN, MSNBC, Fox, The News Hour, NPR, and Pacifica. He has been published in various major
newspapers including the Washington Post, NY Times and Christian Science Monitor.

Ricardo Vivancos Pérez, Assistant Professor, Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University

Ricardo Vivancos Pérez is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latina/o Studies and Spanish Program Coordinator at George Mason University. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2006. He specializes in Latina/o Studies, Latin American Studies, Exile Studies, and Feminist and Queer theories. His most recent works include a book manuscript on Chicana writers, essays and presentations on human rights and Latina literature, and articles on exiled and displaced Spanish novelists in the U.S. Prof. Vivancos Pérez is affiliated with the Latin American Studies Program and the Women and Gender Studies Program. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Women and Gender Studies Research and Resource Center and the WOmen and Gender Studies Program.

Iva Vukušić, War Crimes Researcher and Analyst

Iva Vukušić works as a researcher, archivist and analyst for the SENSE News Agency (South East News Service Europe) in The Hague, which specializes in covering trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Iva’s expertise is in war crimes prosecution in the Balkans and at the ICTY. Iva worked as an analyst and researcher at the Special War Crimes Department of the Prosecutor’s Office in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina during 2008 and 2009 and before that as a project manager at the Research and Documentation Center in Sarajevo. Iva also has a background in journalism. Her bachelors degree is in political science and she hold a masters in human rights. She has worked on projects relating to war crimes prosecution at King's College London and the University of East London. During the last few years she has participated in conferences and presented papers in New York, Washington DC, New Orleans, London, Paris, Brussels, Kigali.


Co-sponsoring organizations: Latin American Studies, Human Rights & Global Justice Working Group, and University Life

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