Academic Discussions & Lectures

A Tale of Two Genocides: Scorched Earth Operations as Genocidal Practices in El Salvador and Guatemala

Language: English

Paula Cuellar Cuellar, 2016-2017 USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research Center Graduate Research Fellow, discuss esher dissertation research on scorched earth operations in Guatemala and El Salvador. She investigates and analyzes whether scorched earth  operations constitute genocidal practices, independently of the group categories protected by the legal definition of genocide. In her lecture, Cuellar will discuss the contribution of the Guatemalan testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive (VHA) to her research and how they compare with oral histories she has collected in El Salvador.

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