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Speaker: Mneesha Gellman (Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, at Emerson College, Boston)
Professor Gellman examines six case studies in Mexico, Turkey, and El Salvador to show how memory-based narratives serve as emotionally salient leverage for marginalized communities to facilitate state consideration of minority rights agendas. Shaming and claiming is a social movement tactic that binds historic violence to contemporary citizenship. Combining theory with empirics, Gellman explores how democratization shapes citizen experiences of interest representation and how memorialization processes challenge state regimes of forgetting at local, state, and international levels.