Sandra Gruner-Domić
Latin American Research Team (2019)

Sandra Gruner-Domić earned her PhD in Anthropology from the Humboldt University in Berlin, where she specialized in migration. In her dissertation she discussed the implications of gender and global economic disparity on immigrant women, as well as processes of otherness and exclusion in Germany while examining discourses of multiculturalism, sameness and integration. Her interest in diasporic relations and cosmopolitan forms of sociability motivated a co-edited book with Nina Glick Schille and Tsypylma Darieva on Transnational Diasporic and Religious Networks published in Routledge's Ethnic and Racial book series. After teaching at Departments of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California and at the International Studies department at California State University Long Beach, Sandra worked as a consultant on the integration of audiovisual interviews about the Guatemalan genocide into the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive. Her current research interests focus on indigenous Guatemalan survivors’ narratives and their epistemic privilege to resist injustice and violence through their testimony. Her project focuses on understanding the particular logic of indigenous survivors’ narratives as part of a collective knowledge. Focusing on time, language and cultural particularities in biographical accounts, Sandra looks for clues that help to understand the symbolic of discursive past events, familial and personal history. Her main interest is to center on non-western modes of narratives. Sandra is also currently working on a project that focuses on the migration of Jewish survivors to Bolivia. This Latin American country received a surprisingly large number of up to 20,000 Jewish immigrants fleeing Nazi Europe in a short period of time (1938-1940). She explores the reasons for such a decision and what it meant for excluded and impoverished Europeans Jews to immigrate to this Latin American country. As migrations researcher, Sandra is interested in observing how ideas about settler immigration, myths of making an America or projects for surviving expulsion or camps informed the actions of many of the actors, as well as were shaped by the multifaceted identities in a region that was and continues to be underestimated.

Publications
Gruner-Domić, Sandra
Guatemala: Del conflicto armado al genocidio
Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica 19(3): 75-80.
2019
Gruner-Domić, Sandra
Socialist Labor Migration: East Germany “contract workers”
in: Bresselau von Bressendorf, Agnes (Ed.) “Migration Refugees and Asylum. Concepts, Actors since the Second World War in Perspective. Institute of Contemporary History (IFZ) Vandenhoeck&Ruprecht.
2019
Gruner-Domić, Sandra and Hollet, Miranda (co-ed)
• Consent, Mediation, and Complicity: the complex ethics of informed consent and scholarly representation in violent contexts
Geopolitics 9
2019
Gruner-Domić, Sandra, Nina Glick Schiller, Tsypylma Darieva (co-ed)
Cosmopolitan Sociability: Locating Transnational Diasporic and Religious Networks
Ethnic and Racial book series, London/ New York: Routledge.
2011
Gruner-Domić, Sandra
• Latinas in Deutschland. Eine ethnologische Studie zu Migration, Fremdheit und Identität.
Waxmann: Münster, New York, München, Berlin.
2005
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